In Israel, fat geese are a thing of the past

January 10, 2005, as reported by Animal rights groups and Israeli geese are celebrating this week as a new law was passed banning the force-feeding of geese.

The law, which will go into effect at the end of the month, passed despite heavy resistance from government officials, such as Agricultural ministry director general Yossi Yishay, who feel the law will ruin an important sector of Israeli agriculture. Israel is one of world’s largest exporters of foie gras, a pâté made from goose liver.

Israel’s foie gras industry brings in US$16.5m annually and employs 500 people throughout the country. Israel is currently the world's fourth largest exporter of foie gras.