Councillors in York are looking at ways to cut consumption of foie gras on animal welfare grounds.

The council wants to stop people selling the delicacy and plans to write to animal welfare minister Ben Bradshaw urging a nationwide ban. Foie gras is made from the liver of a goose or duck that has been fattened by force-feeding.

"It's a brutal practice, which has rightly been made illegal in Britain," said York city councillor Paul Blanchard."But demand creates supply and we are still one of the biggest importers of foie gras from France." His motion has strong backing from the people of York, according to polls in the city.