A French restaurant in Wellington is being hounded by activists protesting against its popular foie gras starter.
Placard-wielding animal-rights protesters have taunted Le Canard restaurant in Thorndon every weekend for more than six months, its owners say.
Foie gras is a traditional French delicacy made from duck or goose livers that have been engorged by overfeeding them with fat-covered grains.
It is illegal to farm the birds using the force-feeding method in New
Zealand, and fresh foie gras cannot be imported. However, a handful of
Wellington restaurants use legal tinned imports.
"It's appalling that people even think that they can continue selling the product that is well recognised within the animal-welfare world."
The force-feeding was "one of the cruelest procedures around", and citing "tradition" was no excuse for preserving it, he said.