Tuesday, September 16, 2008

HSUS foie gras lawsuit dismissed

The Humane Society of the United States and other opponents of foie gras production don't seem to be able to get a break these days. In May, the Chicago City Council overturned a ban on the sale of foie gras and today I read that a judge in New York dismissed a lawsuit brought by the animal rights group against one of the leading produces of foie gras in the United States, Hudson Valley Farms. The suit was actually filed against the Empire State Development Corp - a state run organization that sought to help the farm with $420,000 grant to expand its waste treatment facilities.


Katie said...

Ya know, these folks have so much more they could be doing fighting the vile living/feeding conditions of steer and chicken in this country, but I guess that's too big a bully to fight, so they pick on the little guy instead...the one who isn't even doing anything inhumane.

MessyONE said...

This was a mess in Chicago from the start. Some dippy alderman saw a heavily altered ancient, grainy, jumpy piece of film provided by PETA. The film looks to be at least 30 years old. That was the best they could find, apparently. Somehow, this alderman managed to get city council to pass an ordinance against selling foie gras in restaurants.

I have to congratulate the city's chefs. The ban was on SELLING the glorious liver. On menus around the city, very expensive salads began to appear... with a free foie garnish. There was also a macaroni and cheese appetizer garnished with same. How brilliant was that?

Thankfully, the ban was lifted after the mayor threw a tantrum (other mayors were mocking him) and forced a vote on the issue with minimal notice. The PETA freaks didn't have time to blitz the meeting, and the ban was lifted.

About a month ago, we went to NoMi and I had the foie brulee appetizer. I think a couple of people talked to me while I was eating it, but I can't remember a thing they said.

[ As an aside: Remember that two senior members of PETA were recently arrested for adopting puppies and kittens from shelters, killing them, and dumping them in ditches on country roads. Nice.]

Anonymous said...

And, as of Oct 1, Walt Disney World bans foie from it's menus per the Orlando Sentinel.