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Top Chef Canada contestant Dale Mackay recently opened up his own restaurant in Vancouver, Canada. Unfortunately, Mackay has chosen to include a foie gras sundae on the dinner menu. 

The sundae is made with apricots, thyme, and brioche and costs $13.50. But what isn't listed on the menu is the extensive cruelty that birds endured for the dish: foie gras is made by force-feeding ducks and geese through a metal feeding tube in order to create a fatty, diseased liver. This process sometimes results in holes in a bird's sensitive neck, and the bird's engorged liver often becomes diseased. The birds are kept in filthy, crammed conditions while they wait to be force-fed.

Ensemble's menu offers several vegetarian choices and the restaurant claims to be interested in sustainable food. There's no reason why Dale Mackay's restaurant should serve foie gras. 

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Letter to
General Manager, Ensemble Restaurant Kevin Van Hullebush
Executive Chef, Ensemble Restaurant Dale MacKay
I recently read on Change.org that Dale Mackay's restaurant, Ensemble, served a foie gras sundae. I am writing to urge Ensemble to remove foie gras from the menu for animal welfare reasons.

Foie gras is made by force-feeding ducks and geese through a metal feeding tube in order to create a fatty, diseased liver. This process sometimes results in holes in a bird's sensitive neck, and the bird's engorged liver often becomes diseased. The birds are kept in filthy, crammed conditions while they wait to be force-fed. More than 15 countries and the state of California have outlawed foie gras production.

Dale Mackay's season of Top Chef Canada came under fire for serving horse meat, foie gras, and seal flipper during its episodes. But Mackay can easily separate himself from those controversies, by committing to a menu that has higher animal welfare standards. Ensemble's menu already offers several vegetarian choices and the restaurant claims to be interested in sustainable food.

Please remove all foie gras dishes from the menu at Ensemble.

Thank you.

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