DawnWatch: USA Today on foie gras 6/2/06

June 4th, 2006 5:09 pm by Kelly Garbato

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From: DawnWatch
Date: Jun 2, 2006 5:28 PM
Subject: DawnWatch: USA Today on foie gras 6/2/06

The Friday, June 2, edition of USA Today has a large article, page 3A, headed, ” Foes see foie gras as a fat target; Animal welfare groups allege cruelty to birds.”

It opens:

“If you have the taste and the wallet for foie gras the way they serve it at Philadelphia’s swank Le Bec-Fin, you’d better run over there and order it now. The city may soon join Chicago and California in banning the duck liver delicacy.

“That would mean no foie gras gelled with peach compote at Le Bec-Fin, nor foie gras torchon with ‘seckel pear tatin, vanilla creme fraiche and warm brioche’ at The Striped Bass, nor foie gras and fig empanadas at Alma de Cuba.

“It would also stop cruelty to ducks, according to animal welfare groups. To make foie gras — French for ‘fat liver’ — farm-raised moulard ducks are force-fed corn through a funnel put down their necks until their livers expand to at least six times normal size.”

We hear from Philadelphia City Council member Jack Kelly who introduced legislation to ban it:

“I don’t believe in any torture — for what, a couple of restaurants in Philadelphia to serve some French delicacy?”

And the article includes some great quotes from Gene Bauston of Farm Sanctuary:
“It’s egregious cruelty, and it’s unnecessary. Treating other animals that way takes a piece out of our own humanity.”

And also, “It’s an appetizer, for crying out loud. At what cost? It’s gustatory narcissism. What are we willing to do for this flavor?”

It also includes the predictable quotes from those who make money from foie gras, who say it doesn’t hurt the birds. There is even a photo of the general manager of the Hudson Valley Foie Gras farm cradling newborn ducks (who he has bred for fois gras).

You can read the whole article on line at http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2006-06-01-foie-gras_x.htm and keep the discussion alive with letters to the editor posted at http://tinyurl.com/cee7y

And please remember, any mention of foie gras in your local paper, for example in a restaurant review, provides a great opportunity for a letter to the editor.

Yours and the animals’,
Karen Dawn

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