Olympics Games to serve foie gras to VIP friends regardless of eco-friendly claims | EUROtoday

Get real time updates directly on you device, subscribe now.

Organisers of this 12 months’s Olympics Games will likely be serving VIP friends with foie gras – made by force-feeding geese and geese – regardless of selling the menu as eco-friendly and largely meat-free.

Thousands of dishes that embody the pâté will likely be provided to friends with premium hospitality packages on the Paris occasions, which start on 26 July. Force-feeding birds to make foie gras, which interprets as “fatty liver”, is taken into account so merciless that producing it within the UK is banned, and Labour has promised to ban foie gras imports if it wins the 4 July basic election.

Olympics organisers say they goal to “deliver a taste of France in a responsible mannerand declare to be “laser-focused on showcasing French food that is sourced, produced and consumed in a responsible way”.

To attempt to present sustainable, environmentally pleasant choices, 60 per cent of the 13 million meals supplied will likely be meat-free and plant-based.

However, regardless of selling “leaf over beef”, and asserting that foie gras is not going to be provided to athletes within the Olympic Village or basic spectators, foie gras will characteristic on the hospitality menu.

Labour would ban foie gras imports if elected

Labour would ban foie gras imports if elected (Chelsea Ritschel)

The Games’ caterers stated: “Foie gras will not be offered as a standalone dish within our culinary program during the Olympic Games.

“However, some recipes may include foie gras as an ingredient, for example in pâtés and local specialties. These dishes will represent approximately 0.1 per cent of our overall menu offerings.”

Tickets for hospitality packages vary from 85 euros to over 9,500 euros.

On Location, which is offering food and drinks on the Games, is promoting tickets for a variety of hospitality packages.

Its web site boasts of packages that embody Champagne, and “an international gourmet menu featuring French regional signature dishes will be offered in the hospitality lounges” and others that “feature international and French regional culinary specialties”.

Millions of geese and geese every year are pressured to eat unnatural portions of feed till their livers swell to 10 occasions their pure dimension.

Each chicken is force-fed or “gavaged” two or 3 times a day for a number of weeks, as much as 63 occasions, till they’re slaughtered.

Animal protection organisation Animal Equality highlighted the way birds are treated in the industry (file image)

Animal safety organisation Animal Equality highlighted the way in which birds are handled within the trade (file picture) (Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

Campaigners are calling for the Olympics to drop foie gras from its menus altogether.

Animal safety organisation Animal Equality, which has investigated the trade, says that birds used for foie gras are confined to wire cages, undergo from respiration difficulties and eye infections, and damaged wings and beaks.

University of Cambridge tutorial Professor Donald Broom, who has studied the “gavage” course of, concluded in a 2017 paper: “The results of this report are unequivocal. The practice of force-feeding causes a sharp deterioration in the welfare of the ducks”.

Foie gras manufacturing is concentrated in France, Spain and Hungary, however is banned in Denmark, Germany, Poland, Norway and Turkey. In 2022, underneath Boris Johnson, the Conservatives U-turned on a plan to ban imports, outlined within the then authorities’s animal welfare motion plan.

Abigail Penny, govt director of Animal Equality UK, stated: “The Olympics Committee should focus on celebrating our shared international interests: animal cruelty is not one of those interests. I strongly urge the committee to see reason and remove it from the menu.”

Michelin-starred French chef, Alexis Gauthier, who switched foie gras in his prime London restaurant, to plant-based “faux gras”, stated: “To envisage attendees eating the diseased liver of a tortured duck or goose at the Olympics is jarring, to say the least.

“I am immensely proud of my French heritage, but I am certainly not proud of the force-feeding of innocent animals, and the committee shouldn’t be either.”

The Olympics organising committee didn’t reply to requests for remark.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/olympics-games-2024-foie-gras-b2564884.html