The municipalities of Lyon, Strasbourg and Grenoble in France have prohibited serving foie at municipal receptions. The New York City Council approved two years ago to veto the marketing of foie gras from 2022 and thus joined the state of California, where the sale of fatty liver was banned in January of that year, although the decision still depends on the courts. In Europe, foie production is illegal in all but five countries: Belgica, France, Bulgaria, Hungary and Spain; and force-feeding is prohibited in California, Israel, and Argentina, among other countries.
The world production of foie it is estimated at 27,000 tons. More than 90 percent
produces in Europe. France leads this production with 20,400 tons, 96 percent duck and the rest goose. It provides direct employment to more than 30,000 people, and 90 per cent of production takes place in the Landes, Périgord and Midi-Pyrénées regions in the south-west, as well as in eastern Alsace. The rest of production is distributed between Hungary, 2,500 tons; Bulgaria, 2,200; Spain, 950; and already far behind the United States, China, Canada and Belgium with less than 300 each.
In Spain a million ducks are raised per year to get the aforementioned 600 tons of foie. Ocas for this purpose we do not breed. We are the second largest consumer of foie gras per capita in the world, only surpassed by France. Foie is consumed as the main product as well as an ingredient in numerous recipes. The demand arises from the market itself and there are no promotional campaigns. Spanish foie is highly valued throughout the world for its quality, as evidenced by exports. Around 10 percent of the production is sold outside of Spain, in up to 48 different countries, with Japan and France being our main buyers. This export represents about five million euros. On the contrary, the Spanish consume around 3,000 tons of foie a year out of the 600 that are produced in our territory.
Since the duck arrives at the farm, its upbringing is divided into three phases: the first, called calf, is usually three weeks old and it is carried out in lighted and ventilated warehouses, with water and corn ad libitum, and controlled humidity and temperature. In the second, known as rearing, and lasts between nine and eleven weeks, the ducks have access to the exterior and to the conditioned warehouse indistinctly. The third phase is the bait, or force feeding, and lasts between ten and fourteen days. The bait is carried out twice a day, in doses of between 200 and 500 grams, through intubations that last between three and six seconds. The animals are healthy and not kept in individual cages, prohibited throughout Europe. After this process they are taken to the slaughterhouse, where they are slaughtered.
The foie is one of the most delicate, subtle and refined products of the history of world gastronomy. The intensity of its flavor and its smooth texture. Foie gras means fatty liver. It is a hypertrophied goose or duck liver. It is obtained from the forced overfeeding of these animals, although the bait by intubation, so criticized, is only an addition to the natural process that geese and ducks already develop, which have a natural ability to accumulate fat in the liver, without getting sick, which they later use for their long migrations. Therefore, this hypertrophied fatty liver, from which foie is obtained, is not outside the nature of these animals and human action is limited to exaggerating it in the last days of the birds’ life.
Foie has suffered all kinds of attacks since the animal movement became fashionable in the late 1980s, with the micro-implosions of Marxism after the fall of the Wall. The bait process, nasty and gritty, and which has not always been practiced in the best conditions for geese and ducks, it was very easy to turn into a thrown weapon not only against the consumption of animal meat but also against the typically bourgeois consumer who has this product. Animalistic affectation and social resentment come together in this war that is much more against what foie represents than to improve the living conditions of the duck, which probably would cease to exist without this specific upbringing, as is clearly the case of the brave bull if bullfighting were banned throughout the world.
If in the past some farms maintained not very delicate practices, today geese and ducks live a comfortable and comfortable breeding process. nor the ten days of bait –In the conditions in which it is now carried out– may be considered ‘abuse’. In any case, the lightness with which concepts such as mistreatment, slavery and even rights, which are intrinsically human, are trivialized in order to animalize them, must lead us to remember that the Third Reich was a pioneer in enacting environmental laws and recognizing animal rights. , since he denied them to hundreds of millions of people, whom he denigrated and exterminated. Hitler was a vegetarian and Constanze Manziarly was his cook. There is a totalitarian diet –Valentí Puig says it–, apart from the cream cakes for which Hitler was so grateful to Eva Braun. Returning to people, and to real rights and well-being, in France alone the foie industry indirectly generates 100,000 jobs, which would be threatened if the ‘rights’ of the duck prevailed.
Farms today take extreme care of their animals, especially those that offer the highest quality products and that have turned ‘animal welfare’ – another bizarrely animalized concept– in part of his story. When irregularities or illegalities are discovered, they are reported and penalized, but the different commercial brands, both the most elitist and the most massive, are the first interested in transparency and total rigor in their processes, because the abandonment of their consumers , today very sensitive and conscientious, would mean losses far greater than any fine.
Therefore, the great and only debate is whether we accept that we are at the top of the food pyramid; that human life is sacred and therefore superior in value and concept to that of animals; and that our mission is to civilize the planet, to supply ourselves with it – while maintaining a certain balance – in order to transform it, improve it and procure an increasing well-being among many other prodigious achievements. If we accept it, we can continue eating foie gras and striving as before so that our actions are less invasive in exchange for a greater benefit.
If we come to believe that the life of a person is worth the same as that of a goose, or that a goose has rights, we have to change not only the Constitution and the Penal Code, but even the era. And lower Christ from the Cross and climb a goose. Keep in mind that until now, the same people who consider that geese have rights are those who think that people have no duties. And that the traceability of this ideology, very recognizable throughout history, allows me to assure you that, if it succeeds, we would have no more rights or more chances, in addition to running out of foie gras. In other words, not only would the geese get no benefit – they would end up killing them in any other way and with any other excuse – but most likely the same excuse they found for them would serve them well for us.
The production of foie does not imply the torture of geese or ducks beyond the fact that we raise these animals to eat them. We used to live in a world that did not argue that animals were there for us to eat, and everyone seemed to understand, without outrage or trauma, that it was precisely for this reason that we raised them. It is important to note that animal movements They never emerge from the fields, nor from the peasants, nor from the farmers, who are the ones who best know, protect and care for the animals; and those who relate to them in a healthier way, without affective transfers so typical of city children who have grown up with Disney, and of course without post-Marxist transfers, because a pastor with his natural intelligence and without additives, of kilometer zero and fully respectful of the environment, he is the first to understand that if a sheep has rights, he is the first to stop having them.
No one who lives in the countryside or the countryside has this animalistic discourse and is horrified to hear it. As with so many other micro-explosions of Marxism, environmentalism and vegetarianism do not seek to preserve or defend the environment or animals, but to use them as ammunition for their ideological struggle, which is totally different and has totally different objectives than the ‘quality of life’ of a chicken. There are no shepherds who are against foie or ribeye, or who think that we have to eat less meat.
It is inaccurately believed that the ocean’s top predator is the white shark. It’s not like that. Orcas, which are dolphins, eat them. But not integers. They only go for its liver, which is very rich in vitamin D. Many corpses of the fearsome shark have been found practically whole and only this organ was missing from their body. I don’t know if orcas we should also ban foie gras. The law does not have to be complicated to write, but I wonder what fine we could put them, and especially how they were going to pay it. I wonder, actually, if we can grant rights to someone – or rather something – who cannot have duties, which would immediately lead us to the question of why the exhibition of killer whales and other dolphins should be prohibited in the zoos, with those funny numbers they do.
It seems like a different debate but it is exactly the same as that of foie. It is a debate about people and not about animals. It is the kind of debate that totalitarianism tends to raise, in its tendency to degrade people in their dignity and spiritual tension. That the next step to deny God is to exalt a goat is something that is already written in several prophecies and that we could perfectly hope.