Bath restaurant will continue to serve foie gras on its menus

22 April 2009 by
Bath restaurant will continue to serve foie gras on its menus

A restaurant in Bath has insisted it will continue to serve foie gras despite animal protestors picketing the premises.

Members of the Bath Activist Network (BAN) staged a protest outside the city's Minibar in a bid to get the restaurant to remove the controversial delicacy from its menu.

Chef and co-owner Alex Grant, who has run the restaurant for the past nine months, said it was the third time BAN had come to protest outside the restaurant.

"They were standing on the door stopping customers coming in and a few people said they had been swearing at them and telling them to go to another restaurant," he told the Bath Chronicle.

Minibar last year removed foie gras from its menu following protests by BAN, but Grant insisted that he has no intention to stop serving the controversial delicacy this time.

"Foie gras is not as cruel as it used to be, it is not the same as it was 50 years ago. The ducks are free range, they have a good life," he said.

Literally French for "fat liver", foie gras is produced by the process of force-feeding, during which a bird is administered its feed using a funnel fitted with a long tube.

This results in the bird's liver becoming enlarged with an increased fat content which in medical terms is referred to as a disease called "hepatic lipidosis".

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By Kerstin Kühn

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