Strasbourg city hall bans foie gras from its official receptions

The Strasbourg city hall, under the leadership of its environmental mayor Jeanne Barseghian, has banned foie gras from its official receptions since taking office in July 2020, in the name of “animal welfare”, according to a document consulted by the ‘AFP.

The Strasbourg city hall, under the leadership of its environmental mayor Jeanne Barseghian, has banned foie gras from its official receptions since taking office in July 2020, in the name of “animal welfare”, according to a document consulted by the ‘AFP.

“Since taking office as Mayor, I have made the decision to no longer serve this gastronomic specialty during official events organized by the city of Strasbourg”, wrote Mrs. Barseghian in a letter dated November 16 and addressed to the association for the defense of the animal cause Peta France, which AFP was able to consult.

The association hailed “good news for geese and ducks”, in a statement released on Thursday, world day against foie gras, and on the eve of the opening of the Christmas Market, where liver producers Alsatian fat keep stands.

“The protocol service of the Strasbourg town hall (…) takes particular care to respect this approach in line with our animal welfare policy”, continues Ms. Barseghian, who recognizes that “tradition has firmly anchored this consumption in our Alsatian culture “:” Doesn’t the legend want foie gras pâté to have been invented in Strasbourg “around 1780” by Jean-Pierre Clause, chef of Marshal des Contades? “, writes the elected EELV again.

“As mayor of the European capital”, she also says “particularly attentive to the result of the debate which took place in June (2021) in the European Parliament and which aims at the gradual abolition of caged breeding of animals of ‘by 2027 in the European Union “.

“Bravo to (Jeanne Barseghian), mayor of (Strasbourg), who bans from official receptions the + fruit + of animal torture. Force-feeding causes suffering and illness, an unnatural practice that must be banned!”, Responded on Twitter Christophe Marie, spokesperson for the Brigitte Bardot Foundation.

“The decision, which no one has ever spoken of, has been in effect for a year and a half”, notes a source close to the town hall, who moderates the scope of the measure: “This is not a major change in terms of volumes “compared to previous terms, where foie gras was not served in large quantities, according to her.

According to this same source Villeurbanne, in the Lyon suburbs, has also given up foie gras for its receptions.

AFP / Strasbourg (AFP) / © 2021 AFP

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