30 November 2010

French fast food chain to offer foie gras burger for the holidays

Move over Double Down and McRib there is a new king in town.

Quick, a Belgian-based fast food chain that operates locations throughout Europe, has announced the upcoming arrival of a new sandwich that is sure to raise the ire of animal rights groups around the world.

The greasy fare franchise will be offering the “Supreme Foie Gras Burger” in its French stores for a limited time during the holidays (Dec. 17-19). Yes indeed it’s a sandwich featuring one of the most disgusting and brutal animal products on the planet, fatty liver.

This appetite suppressing burger includes a “tasty combination” of grilled chopped steak topped with pieces of foie gras, arugula and onions. It will be served in a special edition black box and costs a relatively inexpensive 5 euros alone or 7.50 euros with fries and a soda.

While Quick apparently is making its move to provide the cruel cuisine to the masses others are running away completely from the dish.

Earlier this year, the British Academy of Film and Television Acting (BAFTA) decided to remove foie gras from its menu after receiving correspondence from PETA outlining the disgusting practices utilized to produce the fatty liver cuisine. The letter reveals the results from multiple undercover investigations conducted at foie gras farms across two continents.

If the following excerpt from the piece doesn’t convince you of how barbaric foie gras production is than quite frankly nothing ever will.
The ducks and geese are force-fed several times a day for weeks until their livers expand to up to 10 times their normal size. Investigations at foie gras farms throughout the United States and Europe have documented sick, dead and dying birds, some with holes in their necks from pipe injuries. One investigation found that ducks with bloody beaks and twisted wings were jammed into small wire cages. At another farm, birds were dangling from wires, with blood from their neck wounds spilling onto the birds beneath them. At one French farm, ducks are kept in the dark in rows of individual metal cages barely any larger than the birds' bodies, preventing them from ever being able to stretch a wing or take a single step in any direction. The birds become severely depressed and sit shaking, no longer grooming themselves, out of fear, pain and the distension of their organs.
Production of the “delicacy of despair” has been outlawed in Denmark, Finland, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Israel, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the Czech Republic.

Don’t hold your breath while waiting for the French to follow suit.

Eric Fortney | @elfortney | email
Eric is the co-founder and executive editor of the animal rights and eco-friendly news source, This Dish Is Veg. In addition to his work at TDIV, Eric is a father of three, runner, and lover of the outdoors.

Photo credit:cc:flickr.com/photos/dustpuppy and Quick