Animal Rights Group Persuades Joël Robuchon to Drop Controversial Foie Gras Supplier

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French chef Jo?l Robuchon poses on February 1, 2011 after a press conference of France's culinary college at the restaurant 58 at the Eiffel tower in Paris. Fifteen of French most famous chefs are calling for the support of the government to French cuisine facing competition with other countries helped in their promotion. AFP PHOTO BERTRAND LANGLOIS (Photo credit should read BERTRAND LANGLOIS/AFP/Getty Images)
Oui, chef. Photo: BERTRAND LANGLOIS/2011 AFP

The titanic French chef has stopped buying foie gras from producer Ernest Soulard, at least temporarily, in response to footage posted online by animal-rights group L214 that includes images of sick, injured, and dead ducks throughout Soulard's facilities. Through a spokesperson, Joël Robuchon said he will not accept the company's foie gras at any of his restaurants until the producer can prove its ducks are not "mistreated as they are in the video." Gordon Ramsay cut ties with the same supplier last week for the same reason; meanwhile, a Soulard rep defended the company's image on France 3, or tried to, by explaining that cage confinement and the force-feeding process known as gavage take place a mere ten days out of the ducks' twelve-week lifespan, during which time the animals are free-range. [Le Nouvel Observateur via Eater, Earlier]