I will never understand why anyone ......would want to eat goose liver pate......foie gras ......the process to get it is abhorrent ......but of course if you are shoving this bile infested food in your fucking fat pie hole .....you will not care about the pain and seffering ........just like veal and lamb .......no inam not a tree hugger ....i just like animals way better than humans......kate loved it ...until charles banned it in the royal family ....i like chuck/charles/king .......he is an envoirnmentalist ...i hope he does not fox hunt ......... this will make him a cunt otherwise......you cannot ban goose liver pate....... and hunt foxes ....otherwise you are a cunt!!!! ....like many human beings ...they are hypocrites .....they are not aware they are until you tell them certain things .......it is a disgusting food .....usually........ the rich shove it in their fat faces....... and .......who am i to point fingers........ and say do not kill these poor geese .....or course if it is not your dog....... or cat ....then you do not need to care ....it is just an animal..........i heard it tastes fucking nasty as fuck anyways .......it is what i call a stupid bastards food .......there are plenty other nice tasting foods ....like pizza!!!!........
The Swiss will decide whether to ban foie gras and fur imports after campaigners on Thursday handed in enough signatures to trigger a public vote on the twin issues.
Outside the Federal Palace parliament buildings in the capital Bern, campaigners from the Swiss Animal Alliance, which launched the move, piled up boxes symbolising the certified signatures.
The popular initiative on foie gras collected 106,448 signatures, while the one on fur attracted 116,140 -- both above the 100,000 threshold required to trigger a national vote.
Foie gras is widely consumed around the December holiday season, giving extra resonance to the campaign.
Force-feeding ducks and geese -- a key way of making foie gras -- has been banned in Switzerland for more than 40 years, but importing produce derived from this method is not.
The popular initiative "Yes to the ban on importing foie gras" wants to change the constitution to ban the import of such products.
The second proposal is entitled "Yes to the ban on importing fur products from mistreated animals".
With 200 tonnes of foie gras imported annually, "Switzerland unfortunately positions itself as one of the main importers of this product", says the Swiss Animal Alliance.
"Every year, 400,000 ducks and 12,000 geese are killed in order to meet the demand specifically in our country.
"It is hypocritical to ban Swiss breeders from producing foie gras under penalty of sanctions, while authorising the importation of this product."
As for fur, the Swiss Animal Alliance denounces "methods of breeding and killing (which) clearly contravene our legislation on the protection of animals and would be considered cruelty punishable by criminal sanctions in Switzerland".
It claims 350 tonnes of fur are imported each year, corresponding to the slaughter of around 1.5 million animals.
"More than half of these furs come from China, where the terrible conditions in which animals are detained and killed, some of which are skinned while still alive, are regularly denounced," it claims.
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Almost all European countries prohibit the force-feeding of geese and ducks, with France, Hungary and Bulgaria notable exceptions.
In September, Switzerland's parliament rejected a bid to ban foie gras imports but ordered that the production methods had to be stated on the packaging.
Switzerland has direct democracy, with citizens able to trigger popular votes.
They can propose new laws themselves in initiatives, and challenge decisions taken by parliament in referendums.
A total of 100,000 valid signatures within 18 months are required to trigger a national initiative. A change of law requires a double majority of voters and cantons.
Popular votes take place every three months.