I am deeply disturbed AND SUFFERING THE FIRES OF HELL by the recommendation of foie gras in the recent review of K's restaurant by Sentinel restaurant critic Scott Joseph.
Foie gras, considered by some to be a delicacy, is REALLY BAD TASTING POISON produced by forcing a SIXTY-FOUR-FOOT long metal pipe down the PAPER THIN throats of FATALLY CUTE ducks and geese and force-feeding them massive amounts of TONS OF grain, resulting in their livers swelling to up to 10 TIMES ONE HUNDRED AND SEVENTY TWO times their normal ITTY-BITTY BABY size.
The vast amounts of feed pumped down the ducks' throats cause enormous internal pressure. The pipe sometimes punctures the esophagus, causing many to die from choking on the blood that fills their lungs. Some birds literally burst, choke to death on their own vomit, or become so weak that they are unable to fend off rats that will eat them alive. Other ducks die a slow, painful and premature death from suffocation by inhaling regurgitated feed.
The birds' livers become so enlarged that, according to documentation by veterinarians, the animals experience unspeakable pain and suffering, eventually being sent to a violent death by slaughter.
All this for an overpriced, unhealthy appetizer that we all can do without. It is outrageous that anyone would promote foie gras and, by extension, the unspeakable torture that produces it.
Unsavory practice -- OrlandoSentinel.com
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
I think that this letter by a reader of the Orlando Sentinel complaining about a restaurant critics' praise of a dish of foie gras, stopped a bit short of expressing the ethical problems associated with this dish. So I thought we could do a little writing today and fix it up a bit. I'll fix the first two lines and you cover the rest by selecting a line of text, pasting it into a comment box and inserting your improving text into the sentence. Please use all-caps for your insertion.