If you could choose one food item that you want to be erased from the face of the Earth, what wo… by Lauren Campbell
Answer by Lauren Campbell:
The first up on this list I want to see eradicated is foie gras.
For those who don’t know foie gras is the liver of a duck or goose that has been fattened.
I’m sure many people are aware of the medical condition of having a “fatty liver”. Well to some people, the fatty liver of some animals is a delicacy. In order to cause the fatty liver however, the ducks are intentionally overfed to induce the fatty liver. In short, they are force fed with tubes that pump large quantities of grain into their stomach. These birds would not consume this much food on their own, so they have to be force fed.
Because of nature of this practice, there is a high mortality rate for the birds during the force feeding.
Because they are consuming such large amounts of food, the birds livers grow much larger than usual and press against their lungs, making it difficult for them to breathe. It also can make it difficult or impossible for them to walk, because their liver has grown so large.
California made the production of foie gras illegal but that was later overturned when chefs in the state complained that they could no longer served their prized dish.
Force feeding an animal so its liver becomes diseased is inherently cruel, I don’t care if it “tastes good”. And if someone wants to accuse me of encouraging an unhealthy relationship with food because I want to make people feel bad about eating this dish, by all means. When your dish of choice requires the suffering of another, I hope you feel bad about eating it. I hope you have an unhealthy relationship with the dish. It proves you have a conscience.
Another dish I’d like to see eradicated is called Ikizukuri and originated in Japan.
Its literal translation is “alive on table”. It means that when you order the dish, the seafood of choice is placed on your plate alive and then cut up in front of you. The goal is to cut the fish in a manner that leaves its heart beating and exposed.
There’s other variations of eating live seafood. In Korea they don’t even bother cutting up the octopus, they simply eat it alive. Simpy wrap it around the chopsticks, dip it in sauce and chew for your life.
A lot of different dishes involve eating seafood while it’s still alive.
Some justify these dishes with the argument that the animals don’t feel pain.
But in the case of the octopus this is simply untrue because they do have a nervous system and are absolutely capable of feeling pain.
In the case of lobsters and other creatures formerly believed to not feel pain when cooked or eaten alive, new research has put that all into question.
Overall these dishes are cruel and any dish that requires an animal to suffer for the sake of taste is one that deserves to go away.
Other animals that are served alive: “Fresh donkey”, baby mice, monkeys, oysters, shrimp and snakes to name a few.
Here’s more cruel dishes:
If anyone thinks this answer has gone “too far” I would just like to make a note here, that I included relatively tame examples of cruel dishes out of respect for readers. There are far more depraved dishes in the world than this. If you wish to learn about them I suggest sending a message or commenting down below.