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Aldermen Think Better of Foie Gras Ban

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A Chicago ban on foie gras may be threatened. The ordinance passed the city council this spring with only one dissenting vote. But just weeks after the ban took affect, some Alderman had a change of heart.

Of the foie gras ban, Alderman Bernie Stone says, “We’ve embarrassed ourselves. We’re the laughing stock of the United States.”

Stone originally voted to ban foie gras--the liver of a fattened goose or duck. Now he’s introduced a proposal to reverse course and allow the city’s restaurants to serve the costly delicacy.

“I haven’t changed my mind. I still think the ordinance is well-intentioned. It just hasn’t been well-received, and as a result, it just won’t work,” Stone says.

The city council banned foie gras because of animal rights concerns. But Stone says some restaurants began serving the dish recently simply because it’s illegal.

Animal rights groups say they’ll fight to keep the ban intact.

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