PHILIPPINES Restaurant and Wine Bar: Title: French Restaurant in Philippines: Say no to Foie Gras

Date: December 30, 2010
About Foie Gras
Foie gras (pronounced ‘fwah grah’) has been exalted in some gourmet food circles as a prized delicacy, but if most people knew how foie gras is produced, they would be horrified.
Foie gras, the French term for “fatty liver,” is the product of extreme animal cruelty. It is the swollen, diseased liver of ducks and geese who are force-fed just up until the point of death before being slaughtered. Birds suffer tremendously, both during and after the force-feeding process, as their physical condition rapidly deteriorates. In just a few weeks, their livers swell up to ten times their normal size, and the birds can scarcely stand, walk, or even breathe. At this point, they are slaughtered, and their livers are peddled as a “gourmet” delicacy.
The idea for this cruel force-feeding practice is thought to have originated in ancient Egypt, after people noticed that wild geese often gorge themselves before embarking on long migrations. Because Egyptians, and later Romans, considered the fat-laden flesh and organs of those geese caught after this pre-migration gorging to taste better, they sought to artificially induce and exaggerate this condition in captive geese. Thereafter, the practice of force-feeding took hold, later degenerating and devolving into what is now the modern foie gras industry.
Confinement and Cruelty
Today foie gras production is concentrated in France, which produces and consumes roughly 75% of the world’s foie gras. Roughly 24 million ducks and half a million geese are killed annually for France’s foie gras industry. Nearly all of the birds are raised in intensive confinement systems, and all of them endure brutal, intensive force-feeding, several times a day, in the weeks prior to their deaths. Approximately 500,000 ducks are killed annually for foie gras in the United States and in Canada, respectively.
In modern foie gras factory farms, geese and ducks are confined, usually in either small pens or in tiny cages that virtually lock the birds in place. Thus restrained, the birds cannot escape the “feeder” and the mechanized feeding machine. One by one, the feeder grabs each bird and plunges the metal pipe of the feeding machine down the birds’ throat. The machine pumps a huge amount of a corn-and-oil mixture directly into their gullets in just a few seconds, equivalent to one-fourth to one-third of the birds’ own body weight each day.
This brutal treatment is devastating to the health of the birds. In a matter of weeks, their livers swell up to ten times their normal size. Breathing and walking become difficult as the liver pushes against other organs, causing respiratory stress due to decreased air sac space in their lungs, and forcing the legs to move outward at an unnatural angle. Ducks at foie gras farms have been observed panting and struggling to stand, using their wings to push themselves forward when their crippled legs can no longer support them. Struggling to move causes infection-prone open pressure sores to develop and fester on their hocks (legs) and keels (chest area).
In this compromised state, depressed birds can no longer engage in normal preening behaviors, and this is compounded by the fact that they are denied access to water sufficient for them to engage in normal, instinctual behaviors. Their plumage becomes encrusted with filth, and most of them develop what foie gras farmers call “wet neck”-when their unpreened feathers curl up and become coated with dirt and oil.
They also suffer, as do all factory-farmed ducks, from debilling, which is performed ostensibly to prevent them from pecking each other when they are so severely confined. Shortly after birth, the birds’ beaks are cut off, slicing through tissue rich in nerve endings. Debilled poultry suffer from chronic pain for the rest of their lives, often having trouble eating and preening.
As a result of these egregious conditions, the birds suffer both physically and psychologically.
Liver Disease
Furthermore, liver function in foie gras birds is severely compromised. In medical terms, the liver is in a state of dysfunction called hepatic lipidosis or hepatic steatosis, meaning it can no longer perform its intended function. According to avian veterinarian Dr. Laurie Siperstein Cook, “The liver is there to clean out toxins from the blood stream. If the liver can’t work properly, you’ve got all these toxins flowing through the blood, making them feel bad in various ways, so it can harm various organs as well as the brain.”
Dr. Castes of L’Ecole Nationale Veterinaire de Toulouse describes this phenomenon further as “hepatic encephalopathy”:
According to The European Commission’s Scientific Committee on Animal Health and Animal Welfare (SCAHAW) report on the Welfare Aspects of the Production of Foie Gras in Ducks and Geese, “the liver steatosis obtained by force feeding induced an impairment of hepatic function, as demonstrated from morphometric, biochemical, histological and pharmacological points of view.The reversibility of steatosis which is reported above for many birds which have been force fed does not mean that the changes in the liver are not pathological.” The report further states that “because normal liver function is seriously impaired in birds with the hypertrophied liver which occurs at the end of force feeding this level of steatosis should be considered pathological.
Not surprisingly, the mortality rate on foie gras farms can be up to 20 times higher than the death rate on conventional duck farms. Ducks can die when the metal feeding tube punctures their necks, from ailments related to liver failure, or when force-feeding overfills them to the point of suffocation. Necropsies performed on foie gras birds have shown them to suffer from grossly enlarged livers, lacerated tracheas and esophagi, pneumonia, throats and gullets severely impacted with undigested corn, massive internal bacterial and fungal growth and sore feet from bumblefoot – all consequences of the production method for which veterinary care is not profitable. A December 2005 necropsy report states: “The stresses of the final forced-feeding caused an acute respiratory limitation on ducks already suffering from pneumonia and severe hepatameglia restricted respiratory activity due to liver pressure on air sacs. This killed the ducks.”


Pampanga is fast gaining the respect of food and wine lovers from Manila and tourists from all over Asia as a holiday destination that has good restaurants. Manila residents spending holidays in Clark often wine and dine at some of the best restaurants in Pampanga. Inside Clark, there is one restaurant that is lauded by food and wine lovers as one of the best restaurants outside Manila to enjoy good wine and good food. This is also one of the good restaurants in Pampanga that is very child friendly also. Visitors to Clark Philippines rarely pass up in the opportunity to dine at one of the best restaurants in Pampanga.

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Yats Restaurant and Wine Bar was built by Hong Kong-based Yats International in 2000 to provide a world-class cozy fine dining restaurant, business meeting facilities and venues for private dinners and functions in Pampanga Angeles City Clark Freeport Zone. Pampanga Angeles City Clark Philippines was selected for this restaurant because of safety, clean air, absence of traffic and proximity to Manila and Subic.

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How to get to this fine-dining restaurant in Clark Philippines? Once you get to Clark Freeport, go straight until you hit Mimosa. After you enter Mimosa, stay on the left on Mimosa Drive, go past the Holiday Inn and Yats Restaurant (green top, independent 1-storey structure) is on your left. Just past the Yats Restaurant is the London Pub.


Manila visitors and tourists playing golf in Mimosa Clark are surprised to discover good restaurants in Pampanga serving excellent food with fine wines.  One of the best restaurants in Pampanga is Yats Restaurant and Wine Bar which has been well regarded by food and wine lovers in Angeles City, Bulacan and Subic as one of the good restaurants in Clark to dine out while visiting Pampanga.  This is one of the popular family restaurants in Pampanga that serve really good steaks as well as seafood.    Visitors to Clark Philippines rarely pass up in the opportunity to dine at one of the best restaurants in Pampanga.

Yats Restaurant and Wine Lounge is the only find dining restaurant to be placed on the list of good restaurants in Angeles City. Generally lauded by Manila food and wine lovers for its award winning restaurant wine list as well as the good ambience of the restaurant, this popular resto bar in Clark is frequently used for group dinners in Pampanga. Many people want to train here in this famous restaurant to become a wine sommelier in the Philippines.

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