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There's Money in Cruelty: California Chefs Fight Foie Gras Ban

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Paul Kahan, chef at Chicago's Blackbird restaurant, joined in to the "you think that's bad" argumentation . "There are so many things people eat every day that are raised in an inhumane way," he said. "The way chickens are raised, if people saw it . . . commodity pork, I could just go on." What about rabbit and squab? added celebrity chef Grant Achatz.

Even the American Veterinary Medical Association employed the "you think that's bad" argument to keep foie gras legal. Walter K. McCarthy, DVM, an AVMA delegate at 2005 hearings, cautioned that banning foie gras could lead to resolutions against veal calves and other "production agriculture." The death rate of ducks and geese in foie gras production "is much less than at most agricultural facilities," said the veterinarian. (Then why isn't the AVMA regulating agricultural facilities?) "We cannot condemn an accepted agricultural practice on . . . emotion," said McCarthy.

 

It is the same thing that's said about the "accepted" practices of water-boarding and genital mutilation, charge foie gras opponents. END

Martha Rosenberg's new book, Born with a Junk Food Deficiency, has been the top health policy book since its April release. She will appear on Book TV's After Words on C-SPAN this month.

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