Tuesday, December 11, 2007
From the Land that Gave us Big Brother
Meet Coun Ken Holt, a Conservative member of the Council of Stockport who is not a vegetarian but who refuses to wear fur, abhors bullfighting and who recently pushed through a ban on the sale of foie gras in Stockport proper.
Citizens of Stockport might do well to consider what Councillor Holt, who is not a vegetarian, has actually accomplished by instigating and promoting the ban of a product that is typically produced by means that are no more or less cruel than any other form of animal husbandry, and in some cases represents the apotheosis of humane farming practices.
By putting their faith in the hands of politicians who think they know what's best for the world and who have the will and the means to legislate their often ill-informed beliefs on an equally ill-informed public, the latter ends up giving up the right to choose what they would like to eat.
Don't be surprised, good citizens of Stockport, when Coun Ken Holt or some other politician comes back at you with another heart felt proposal, this time seeking to ban beef or mutton. Come to think of it, it should surprise you that a proposal to ban beef did not come first.
Think about it, world wide beef production and consumption dwarfs that of foie gras. Even in a small country like Britain, people eat far more beef, and so potentially cause misery to far more cattle than ducks and geese.
In 2003 the total imports of foie gras into the UK was estimated to be about 83 tonnes (95 tons US). That same year it is estimated that the British public consumed 974, 000 metric tonnes ( 1, 073,651.216 tons US) of beef. In other words, the British public consumed over 10, 000 times more beef than foie gras.
Surely Coun Ken Holt understands that the laws of probability alone dictate that far more cattle than ducks and geese have suffered to feed his fellow Brits. Or does he really think that all cattle are treated better than all geese and ducks? Hmm...
But maybe he was not aware that beef eating is more common than foie gras eating. After all, he is not a vegetarian, and so may not be aware of the prevalence of meat eating in his culture.
Some scientists claim the hydrogen because it is so plentiful is the basic building block of the universe, I dispute that. I say there is more stupidity than hydrogen and that is the basic building block of the universe.
-Frank Zappa, The Real Frank Zappa Book (Simon and Schuster, 1990)
In other STUPID news
A CITY centre restaurant has taken foie gras off the menu