Even the French turning queasy over force-fed foie gras

Foie gras is made from forcefeeding geese, like that pictured above, to enlarge their livers. Almost one out of every two French people now favour banning the force-feeding of geese and ducks to produce the national delicacy, foie gras, a survey
Foie gras is made from forcefeeding geese, like that pictured above, to enlarge their livers. Almost one out of every two French people now favour banning the force-feeding of geese and ducks to produce the national delicacy, foie gras, a survey showed. -- ST FILE PHOTO

PARIS (AFP) - Almost one out of every two French people now favour banning the force-feeding of geese and ducks to produce the national delicacy, foie gras, a survey showed.

A public opinion poll released Saturday by OpinionWay for animal rights group L214 showed 47 per cent against force-feeding, three points more than last year, and 56 per cent of women opposed to the practice.

Only 29 per cent of the 1,032 people polled this month said they would refuse to buy foie gras in protest against the ill-treatment of animals, but this was 10 points higher than a poll in 2009.

In all, consumption of foie gras dropped 3 per cent last year.

Its production is banned in Denmark, Finland and Germany.