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"Delicacy of despair," or one of the heights of fine dining?<br><br><br><br>
In a novel legal strategy, animal rights advocates demanded yesterday that state regulators in Albany help decide the fate of foie gras, made from the engorged livers of ducks and geese. It is a buttery but costly staple of four-star restaurants everywhere, especially those in New York City.<br><br><br><br>
Advocates have long criticized the production of foie gras for pâté or another use, calling it cruel to the fowl because they are force-fed, usually with long plastic tubes, for four weeks before slaughter. Their livers grow in size by at least six times.<br><br><br><br>
In a 16-page petition, the Humane Society of the United States and others, including New York residents, asked the state's Department of Agriculture and Markets to use a law ordinarily applied to food like rotten or mislabeled beef.<br><br><br><br>
The groups want foie gras declared an "adulterated" food within the meaning of Article 17, Section 200 of the Agriculture and Markets Law. The agriculture commissioner would then have the option of banning foie gras."<br><br><br><br><br><br>
read on...<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2006/06/22/nyregion/22ducks.html?ex=1151121600&en=b82cfa5bb7d0b397&ei=5087%0A" target="_blank">http://www.nytimes.com/2006/06/22/ny...397&ei=5087%0A</a>
 

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Some of the statements made by foie gras supporters in that article are so ridiculous they make my head spin. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/dizzy2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":dizzy:">
 

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I honestly didn't know what fois gras was or how it was "made" until about a year ago. I was amazed to say the least! I mean, how did someone even think of this? How do people live with themselves and such cruelty? I am never ever amazed at man-kinds ability for cruelty - not anymore.
 

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I had no idea about all of this awful force-feeding stuff either, for most of my life. I just thought it was duck/goose liver.
 

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The article mentions Greek references to "fattened geese" as early evidence of the practice--and that made me wonder about the many "fattened" calves of the Bible. I'm really interested in the Bible and Christianity (and the animal rights implications of their teachings) so this has me wondering . . . I had always assumed "fattened" meant merely well-fed, but this article seems to attach a more specific connotation to the term.
 
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