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Mayor joins opponents of ban on foie gras

September 16, 2006

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— Fans of foie gras in Chicago could be ordering the liver again soon.

Mayor Richard M. Daley has signed on to a repeal proposal introduced by two city aldermen, said his spokeswoman, Jacqueline Heard. Daley recently called the ban on serving the goose- or duck-liver delicacy in restaurants "the funniest law they ever passed."

The City Council initially banned foie gras because of concerns about animal cruelty. Foie gras (pronounced fwah-GRAH), French for "fat liver," is made by force-feeding geese and ducks so their livers expand up to 10 times their normal size.

The ban angered some restaurant owners and gourmets, who argued that the city was going too far by restricting what residents could eat.

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