DawnWatch: Foie gras challenge in New York State – NY and LA Times coverage 6/22/06

July 12th, 2006 4:09 pm by Kelly Garbato

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From: DawnWatch – news [at] dawnwatch.com
Date: Jun 22, 2006 3:35 PM
Subject: DawnWatch: Foie gras challenge in New York State — NY and LA Times coverage 6/22/06

Animal advocates fighting foie gras are going after the world’s second largest producer, New York State. That story is covered in the Thursday, June 22 New York Times and also briefly in the Los Angeles Times.

The brief Los Angeles Times piece (Pg A12) is headed, “Suit Says Foie Gras Renders Birds Diseased” and summarizes the story as follows:

“Animal rights groups are seeking to ban foie gras production in New York, one of the leading U.S. producing states, arguing that overfeeding birds to fatten their livers makes the animals sick. The Humane Society of the United States and other animal rights groups filed a formal action with the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets to stop the practice under a state law that makes it illegal to produce food from diseased animals.”

The New York Times article (pg B3) is headed, “Citing Treatment of Fowl, Groups Urge State to Ban Foie Gras”

It opens:

”’Delicacy of despair,’ or one of the heights of fine dining?

“In a novel legal strategy, animal rights advocates demanded yesterday that state regulators in Albany help decide the fate of foie gras, made from the engorged livers of ducks and geese….Advocates have long criticized the production of foie gras for pate or another use, calling it cruel to the fowl because they are force-fed, usually with long plastic tubes, for four weeks before slaughter. Their livers grow in size by at least six times.

About the legal steps being taken we learn:

“The groups want foie gras declared an ‘adulterated’ food within the meaning of Article 17, Section 200 of the Agriculture and Markets Law. The agriculture commissioner would then have the option of banning foie gras.

“New York State law, in part, defines adulterated food as ‘diseased, contaminated, filthy, putrid or decomposed.'”

They are basing their arguement on the letter of the law.

We read:

“The Humane Society argues that the production of foie gras results in ‘hypertrophied livers’ that are ‘pathological,’ citing, among others, a 1998 study by the European Union Scientific Committee on Animal Health and Animal Welfare.

You can read the full New York Times article on line at http://www.nytimes.com/2006/06/22/nyregion/22ducks.html

It presents a great opportunity for letters to the editor about the treatment of animals raised for food. You might write specifically against foie gras, or against factory farming (see www.factoryfarming.com) or sing the praises of a plant-based diet. The New York Times takes letters at letters [at] latimes.com

Angelenos can respond to the Los Angeles Times piece at letters [at] latimes.com

And the information in the article, or at www.nofoiegras.com, can used in letters to your local papers. Any mention of foie gras, for example in a restaurant review, presents a nice opportunity for letters on the issue.

Always include your full name, address, and daytime phone number when sending a letter to the editor. Shorter letters are more likely to be published.

Yours and the animals’,
Karen Dawn

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