Controversial foie gras ban overturned

May 15, 2008 5:38:43 AM PDT
One Chicago French chef said he planned on popping open a bottle of champaign in honor of the City Council's vote overturning a ban on serving foie gras.

Foie gras is a delicacy of duck and goose liver. The Chicago City Council passed a near unanimous ban on it two years ago, but voted Wednesday to repeal that ban.

The owner of Cyrano's Bistrot in the Chicago Loop says his customers missed foie gras and he's going to serve it again as soon as the repeal goes into effect later this month.

But meanwhile animal rights group opposed the repeal, saying geese and ducks are force-fed to make their livers bigger.

More than a dozen countries, mostly in Europe, have banned production of the delicacy. Similar measure have been considered in California, Maryland and Pennsylvania.