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Blog Fri May 16 2008

Dissent on Foie Gras

Framing the ban on foie gras as one of choice distorts the issue. Laws codify society's beliefs. Do we believe in mistreating animals or not? I'd like to say, the answer is that we reluctantly accept it only when we know no other way. We accept cruelties involved in food production because we want to feed our people. Foie gras is a delicacy. So, do we believe in mistreatment when we don't need it? The real embarrassment is that we seem to have said yes when we repealed the ban.

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SM / May 16, 2008 9:05 AM

Perhaps you make the false assumption that everyone hold animals in the same regard that you do. The fact that people were blatantly ignoring the ban all over the city is just as reflective of societies beliefs as your dissent here is supposed to be.

The simple fact is that this isnt something that the government should be legislating. If society disagrees with the way foie gras is produced then it just shouldnt eat it or pay money for it and the need to keep producing it would cease.

Spend time on harder problems like poverty and public transit before you worry about saving a bird that wouldnt be alive anyway if it wasnt bred to produce foie gras.

DS / May 16, 2008 2:17 PM

Amen, Chris.

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In 2009, food blogging, social media and Yelp were gaining popularity, and America's revered gastronomic magazine Gourmet shuttered after 68 years in business. Former Cook's Illustrated editor-in-chief Chris Kimball followed with an editorial, stating that "The shuttering of Gourmet reminds...
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