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04/06/2009

Foie Gras. Boo.  »

Gavin Newsom* did the right thing this week, he removed foie gras from the menu of all his PlumpJack restaurants. This follows the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimous vote to commend restaurants that don’t serve it. (Not a ban, dumbasses. I don’t expect SFist to publish anything worth reading but to just print lies? World Class, you guys.)

Foie gras is, like, the weirdest thing to me. It’s DISEASED LIVER. Liver is the part of the body that produces URINE and BILE. It’s responsible for much detoxification by metabolizing and/or secreting environmental toxins and potentially harmful biochemical products produced by the body. Then, you add in the fact that the liver you’re eating is so bloated and diseased that it can’t properly function and you have a huge gland of bile, urine, toxins, biochemical waste and whatever else is trapped in there. EAT UP!

Wayne Pacelle, of the Humane Society of the United States, had a powerful blog post about Foie Gras up now. I’ll post part of it below but you can read the rest here.

"… [I]f there’s anything I’ve learned in more than 20 years of campaigning for animals, it’s that regardless of how pointless the cruelty, there will always be those who will excuse or defend it. The cockfighters say the birds fight voluntarily. The puppy millers claim they are just supporting a market demand. Aerial wolf killers say that they are protecting moose and caribou to keep game herd abundant for rural communities.

The fact is, some will say just about anything to defend cruelty. As Ruth Harrison, author of the groundbreaking 1964 anti-factory farming book Animal Machines, wrote:

“If one person is unkind to an animal it is considered to be cruelty, but where a lot of people are unkind to animals, especially in the name of commerce, the cruelty is condoned and, once large sums of money are at stake, will be defended to the last by otherwise intelligent people.”

It’s our job to take a stand and compel people to examine long-held assumptions. Foie gras should be an easy call for any person with a serious view of animal welfare.”

*I’ll forgive his hair. For the week.

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