Strasbourg city hall bans foie gras from its official receptions

Since taking office as Mayor, I have decided to no longer serve this gastronomic specialty during official events organized by the city of Strasbourg.“, wrote Ms. 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 praised a “good news for geese and ducks“, in a press release released Thursday, World Day Against Foie Gras, and on the eve of the opening of the Christmas Market, where Alsatian foie gras producers hold stands.

The protocol service of the Strasbourg town hall (…) particularly ensures that this approach is respected, in line with our animal welfare policy.“, continues Ms. Barseghian, who acknowledges that”tradition has firmly anchored this consumption in our Alsatian culture“: “Doesn’t the legend want that the pâté of foie gras was invented in Strasbourg“around 1780”by Jean-Pierre Clause, cook for Marshal des Contades?“, writes again the elected EELV.

As mayor of the European capital“, she also says to herself”particularly attentive to the follow-up to the debate which took place in June (2021) in the European Parliament and which aims to phase out cage farming of animals by 2027 in the European Union“.

Bravo to (Jeanne Barseghian), mayor of (Strasbourg), who bans the + fruit + of animal torture from official receptions. Force-feeding causes suffering and illness, an unnatural practice which must be prohibited!“, 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, which 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, according to her, served in large quantities.

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


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