Strasbourg city hall bans foie gras from its official receptions

Strasbourg town hall bans foie gras from its official receptions

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Strasbourg town hall, under the leadership of its environmentalist 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 AFP. & nbsp;

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

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The association hailed “good news for geese and ducks”, in a statement released Thursday, world day against fatty liver; and on the eve of the opening of the Christmas Market, where Alsatian foie gras producers have 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, cook 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 Parliament European Union and which aims to phase out cage farming of animals by 2027 in the European Union. ”

“ The decision, which no one has ever spoken of, has been ready for a year and a half “, notes a source close to the town hall, which tempers the scope of the measure:” This is not a major change in terms of volumes “compared to previous terms, where foie gras was not not 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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