DawnWatch: Terrific Philly Daily News column supporting foie gras ban — 6/7/07

June 8th, 2007 3:48 pm by Kelly Garbato

FYI: This article was also the subject of a recent In Defense of Animals alert. See: IDA Writing Alert: It’s time to ban foie gras, the trifecta of misery.

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From: DawnWatch – news [at] dawnwatch.com
Date: Jun 7, 2007 11:42 PM
Subject: DawnWatch 3: Terrific Philly Daily News column supporting foie gras ban — 6/7/07

Councilman Jack Kelly has introduced an anti foie gras bill in Philadelphia. Philadelphia Daily News columnist Stu Bykofsky’s Thursday June 7 column is headed, “It’s time to ban foie gras, the trifecta of misery.” (Pg. 08)

Bykofsky tells us that while “a piddling 2 percent” of the population eat foie gras at least once a year, “Each year in the U.S., almost a half-million ducks are caged, tortured and slaughtered for their livers, deliberately diseased by the cruel hand of man.”

He writes:

“To create ‘fatty liver,’ tubes are jammed down the throats of helpless male ducks two or three times a day to force-feed them up to a total of four pounds of grain mush. The forced feedings go on for 12-15 days.”

We read:

“Sometimes necks are pierced, sometimes wings are broken. The grotesquely enlarged livers can make it hard for ducks to even walk, but cruelty is overlooked to satisfy the palates of those who’ll pay $30-45 a pound at retail for foie gras – the trifecta of misery: unnecessary, unhealthy, unkind.”

Bykofsky reminds us, “In March, celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck removed foie gras from all his menus, followed by Philadelphia uber-restaurateur Steve Starr, who called it ‘cruel.'”

While opponents argue that banning foie gras would be detrimental to the restaurant business, Bykofsky asks, “Would depriving 1 percent of their wretched goo crash the restaurant trade?”

He writes:

“The callous 1 percent who need to spend $24 for a foie gras appetizer could be seduced to shell out for truffles or caviar, or some other unusual, overpriced item. I’m convinced if you gave it a French name and charged enough for it, you could sell snot.”

On a more serious note he comments:

“I don’t usually favor government intrusion (smoking and trans-fat bans) into free-choice areas, but the cruelty element makes this different.”

You can read the whole piece on line at http://tinyurl.com/2pnhql.

Please encourage this kind of stance in journalism by sending the columnist a quick note of appreciation. Feedback matters! Stu Bykofsky’s public email address is stubyko [at] phillynews.com.

You might also — particularly if you are in Philadelphia — send a letter to the editor in support of the ban. The Philadelphia Daily News takes letters at http://www.philly.com/mld/philly/contact_us/feedback_np2/.
Choose letter to the editor from the pull-down menu.

Yours and the animals’,
Karen Dawn

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