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Animal Rights Activist - Stop ‘Balut’ Serving In New York

There’s a petition regarding this: Animal rights activist - stop “balut” serving in New York. Familiar with this odd (but delicious, they say) Filipino food?

Dec 08, 2023326 Shares46516 Views
The headline says it all: Animal rights activist - stop balutserving in New York.
A petition seeking to ban balutin a restaurant in New York is currently making rounds online after it was filed by an animal rights activist.
A report from When In Manila stated:
It’s great to hear that Filipino-themed restaurants such as Jeepney and Maharlika are making their way to the ever-competitive New York City.
The report added:
But just as Filipino food is starting to gain recognition, an animal rights activist is already keen on taking an iconic Filipino delicacy off the menu.- When In Manila

The Controversial ‘Balut’

Balutis a developing duck embryo or fertilized duck egg that is boiled and eaten in the shell. It’s commonly sold as street food in the Philippines.
Animal rights activist Gabrielle Hardy started the online petition at, aiming to ban balutfrom the menu of Maharlika.
In her petition, Hardy said:
Maharlika, a restaurant in Manhattan, New York, is selling what seems to be the strangest food one can possibly eat in the Big Apple. The name of the dish is called balut.- Gabrielle Hardy
Then she described the balut:
It’s essentially a hard-boiled egg that contains a partially formed duck fetus inside. In other words, the baby duck has not yet even been born!- Gabrielle Hardy

In Defense Of ‘Balut’

It was disclosed that a team from Business Insider met with the restaurant owner Nicole Ponseca. The team “learned how to eat and enjoy this dish.”
The owner claimed that it’s delicious and rich in protein and contains vitamins important to humans.
Hardy, however, pointed out:
The truth is that this food is disgusting and should not be served in restaurants.- Gabrielle Hardy
Then she made this request:
I am, therefore, asking the restaurant to get balutoff the menu as soon as possible!- Gabrielle Hardy
Hardy also noted that the official name of the food on the menu is “fertilized duck egg with embryo.”
Meanwhile, according to Rappler, the petition aims to gather 5,000 signatures, and so far, it looks like the target has been reached.
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