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Sep 22, 2009

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tommy lasorda

If you needed to write this long rambling post to in order to justify and proudly proclaim that you eat artificially-fattened duck liver, goodie for you.

By the way, I'm gonna come over later and shove food down your throat. It might be a tad uncomfortable, but hey, I want to eat your liver.

jason

I've tried fois gras a few times...it is unbelievably rich and decadent.

After reading your post, I'm far less inclined to eat it again. I didn't know all the details as to how it was made. But now that I know, I'll probably pass next time.

Thanks for the info.

Trish

It is easy to understand why other cultures do not find us credible brokers of peace when we gleefully threaten our own countrymen with violence over duck liver.

vegastator

The production of foie gras is doomed in the US--hooray!
--The sale and production of foie gras is illegal in California effective 2012 under Cal. Health and Safety Code section 25980;
--And if there is a switch in the Sullivan County, NY district attorney, Hudson Valley FG is in real trouble and may be prosecuted under NY state law.

Paul

As Caro points out in his book, the animal welfare community also campaigns against the mistreatment of chickens, turkeys, cattle, pigs, and so on. The fact that those animals are also treated cruelly doesn't justify treating ducks in such an inhumane manner.

The science is clear that force-feeding ducks and geese for foie gras is detrimental to their welfare: http://bit.ly/UcVxd

How much suffering are we really willing to cause others who have committed no crime simply so we can enjoy a brief taste sensation? Are we really that important and animals that worthless that we can justify their misery for something so trivial to us?

Jake

I love Foie Gras. i am not wealthy but when I have an opportunity to enjoy Foie Gras I cherish it. The reality is that if many of us had nothing to do all day but sit around and eat we would love it. So as usual PETA is off the mark here. If fatty human liver ever becomes a treasure like foie gras i will be first in line to have my liver fattened up.

Jason

Paul, I don't think anyone is debating that force feeding the goose or duck is bad for their health. I think the debate is over whether or not the bird is actually suffering.

Peg

. . . dream on . . .

Jeff

Searing is not just limited to the US (per se). I first had this wonderful dish in Cahors, France, served over tournedos of beef with a red wine reduction sauce. Nirvana!

Jason

Peg, do you like Aerosmith or something?

Melissa

I used to occasionally eat foie gras at restaurants with no conscience (as I was ignorant to this issue), but now I will leave the oh so luscious foie gras out of my choices and enjoy something else. There are many other delicious items out there that deserve my attention.

Adam

I recently enjoyed the "Foie Gras and Sauternes Duck Sausage with Truffle Aioli, Foie Gras Mousse and Sel Gris" at Hot Doug's in Chicago. It was delicious. I'm so happy that Doug took a stand against the idiocy of this protest.

Of all the cultural and social issues that could be tackled, THIS is what people are worried about. Jeebus...we live in a screwed up world.

Pj Little

Animals do not have a "gag" reflex as humans do. Gavage us no more inhumane than forcing my dog's mouth open so I can push a pill the sise of a quarter to the back of his tongue and hold his mouth shut until he swallows it.

Birds are not lap dogs. They do not like to be held. .

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