The European Union has announced its intention to outlaw the force-feeding of geese for fois gras — in 15 years.
The lengthy time frame is to allow French producers to find alternative production methods. In France, fois gras is very nearly the national food. Demand for fois gras outpaces supply. So much so, that a significant fois gras industry has developed in Hungary, where there are 30,000 small fois gras farmers, with the majority of the fois gras going to France.
No word yet on why it should take 15 years to find alternative methods to replace and outlaw a practice that animal rights activists have called cruel.