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Foie Gras unethical?

Posted by beer_chris on 7-May-2006

Well, something that tastes as good as fois gras had to be bad for us in some way. Apparently PETA has had it sights set on foie gras producers for some time, and has had some measured success in a few municipalities and in California, which has passed some type of ban that will phase the sale out by 2012.


I'm not sure where I come down on this issue. I really like foie gras, but if the production of it truly is as grisly as they say, then I'm somewhere in the middle on this one. I tend to think that banning the production of a niche foodstuff that requires especially brutal tactics for mass production is a long way off from somehow convincing state legislators to write into law that we should all eat free-range chickens. I'm not as convinced as the guy in the linked article that this is some type of slippery slope issue.

UPDATE: Yikes. This is the video that convinced the Chicago city council. Pretty heavy stuff. I remember something I saw/read once about one of the farms in New York that espoused an ethical production method whereby the birds were basically allowed to eat all of the time and develop the condition of their own accord. However, Roger Moore's voice over does convict pretty directly for all of us that blindly enjoy the delicacy:

'As revolting as it is to eat an animal's diseased organ, the cruel treatment of the birds is even more disturbing”

Here's the link to Sonoma Foie Gras, the farm involved in the lawsuit mentioned in the NY Times article. So who's right? Is it a physiological capability that is taken advantage of via 'managed' feeding or abhorrent torture designed to create diseased animals?


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