Wow! They don't call themselves The Humane Society for nothing! Now they're expanding a lawsuit against Hudson Valley Farms and playing the inhumane to humans angle.
See, it goes like this: foie gras is not just bad for ducks (sic) it's also bad for people because according to a doctor WHO WORKS FOR THE HUMANE SOCIETY (pedantic emphasis obviously mine) citing a study that suggests but does not prove a relationship between foie gras consumption and amyloidosis
"This new study finds that foie gras consumption may increase the risk of developing amyloidosis in susceptible people, which is difficult to treat and often fatal," stated Michael Greger, MD, Director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture for The HSUS. "Foie gras is produced by inducing a state of disease in ducks and geese by force-feeding, and the study notes that the potentially harmful 'pathological alteration is noticeably increased in birds subjected to stressful environmental conditions as well as to the forced feeding that is used to produce foie gras.'"
So what's the humane thing to do? Claim that Hudson Valley foie gras is an adulterated product from a diseased animal and sue the company under a NY State law that makes it illegal to sell adulterated food from diseased animals. I wonder how many witnesses they are going to bring to court to testify that they got amyloidosis from eating foie gras?
I imagine that if they do manage to bring in witnesses this would make for some damned good television because, as of this writing, the amyloid proteins in foie gras have only been shown to induce amyloidosis in MICE that were genetically engineered to develop (you guessed it) amyloidosis!
Whatever. I don't doubt that The Humane Society and like minded organizations are going to drive Hudson Valley Farms out of New York or out of business. But I wonder if their peculiar form of humanism is extensible to the hundreds of people who are going to lose their jobs when the company folds up shop.
What'd you think? Think HUSUS and PETA will buy up the farm and set the workers to growing hemp?
Study on Foie Gras Disease Risks Prompts Expanded Humane Society Lawsuit | The Humane Society of the United States