Monday, January 5, 2009

Saying "Non!" to the Cruel Tradition of Foie Gras

After several short work weeks, it's back to the dreaded five day week. I'm already dreaming of spring...daffodils, fresh asparagus, strawberries and walks in milder weather.

I hung up my Farm Sanctuary Rescue and Refuge calendar to brighten my cubicle. This calendar can be yours too for only $3.95. It's a great way to put a face to what most people don't think about on their plate. Visit their online store.

January features Julep, who was one of six newly hatched babies rescued from a trash can at a Canadian foie gras facility - an entirely normal fate for females, who are viewed as useless for production. These lucky ducks made it to the Watkins Glen, NY, shelter. Males in the industry are force-fed unnatural amounts of food through a metal pipe, engorging their livers up to 10 times their normal size.

While fortunately not common, foie gras does exist on many French menus. I love the French attitude toward the pleasure of eating, but the consumption of this product cannot be condoned in a civilized world.

Please consider taking a few moments to contact the following restaurants, and tell them you are disappointed they still feature this archaic, cruel product and will not patronize their restaurant until they remove it. In today's anemic economy, consumers yield an incredible amount of power.

Contact:, owner of Maison and a number of French-themed restaurants in Manhattan, Jean Georges Management, owner of Jean Georges, JoJo, and other high-end French restaurants in New York City
In New Jersey, write to the Frog & the Peach, a high-end restaurant in New Brunswick.
Write to La Tour, 6 East Ridgewood Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ 07450.
Also contact any establishments with polite comments in your area that serve foie gras.

Learn more about Farm Sanctuary's No Foie Gras campaign

The unseen side of foie gras that producers don't want you to see. This is footage taken inside Elevages Perigord, Canada's largest foie gras producer, as part of an investigation by Farm Sanctuary and Global Action Network.

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