French foie gras farmers ask Arnienot to terminate their trade

19th October 2004, Comments 0 comments

POITIERS, France, Oct 18 (AFP) - Producers of foie gras - goose and duck liver - in western France have invited Californian Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who recently signed a law banning the force-feeding of poultry, for a visit to see how the delicacy is produced.

POITIERS, France, Oct 18 (AFP) - Producers of foie gras - goose and duck liver - in western France have invited Californian Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who recently signed a law banning the force-feeding of poultry, for a visit to see how the delicacy is produced.

"We have sent him two identical letters in English," brothers Bernard and Hubert Mitteault, producers at Chalandray near Poitiers in western France, told the media.

"One is accompanied by a tinned block of foie gras. If it doesn't get through customs, at least the other should reach its addressee."

Last month Schwarzenegger signed into law a measure stipulating that food products cannot, from 2012, be sold in California if they are produced by force-feeding designed to increase the size of a bird's liver beyond its normal size.

"We want to express to you our outrage at a measure dictated by the vegetarian lobby," one of the brothers' letter said.

"We take the liberty of re-establishing the truth by drawing to your attention some details about an age-old practice which has no effect on the health of the animals," it continued.

"And we invite you to come and see our family farm to show you our good faith."

The brothers do not export foie gras to the United States but said: "When the profession is attacked you have to react."

Foie gras producers did have some good news over the weekend, when French Agriculture Minister Herve Gaymard announced that Washington had lifted a ban, imposed in February, on importing foie gras.

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