Thursday, February 25, 2010

Hawaiin Foie Gras Ban Bill Defeated

I am proud to write that I played a small role in overturning a bill to ban the sale of foie gras in Hawaii by providing testimony regarding the farming practices of Hudson Valley Farms to a Hawaiian Senate Judiciary Committee. My position on this issue has always been that animal husbandry and slaughter at Hudson Valley Farms represent something that all farms that produce meat should aspire to and that singling them out for demonization is reprehensible. If anyone is upset by the way that meat is produced in the United States or anywhere, they should not attack those who do it best just because what they are producing is seen as an esoteric product for an allegedly effete consumer. Go after the thousands of businesses that fuel the engines of mass market meat eating. That's where the real problem is. Companies like Hudson Valley Farms who produce high quality meat that sells for a very high price have little incentive to abuse their livestock, the opposite is true of farms that produce meat that will become 99 cent hamburgers and 79 cent per pound chicken.

http://www.kpua.net/news.php?id=19694

7 comments:

Jessika said...

I've tried reading as much on this topic to get myself informed but I can't seem to wrap my brain around it.
Any national (in the US) foie gras producing farms are to be shut down yet leave imports free from what you could view as strict regulations?
How is US-produced foie gras more damaging than imported foie gras?

Aunt Messy said...

Bravo! We could have used you in Chicago a couple of years ago. Fret not, though. There are rumblings that some other doltish alderman is going to have another go at it.

erikmandersen said...

That is good to hear. And it is exciting to get involved in public policy. I've been trying to stay involved in education policy in my state and it does feel good when you feel like what you have contributed has helped make a difference.

Bob del Grosso said...

Jessika,
These proposed bans apply to all foie gras, not only the stuff produced in America. The animal rights people make no distinctions between foreign and domestic practices and products.

Jessika said...

So what is the big deal? Not that I eat foie gras but what about just not eating it if you are against the production/and or existence of foie gras?

Jessika said...

ie. consumer power

Bob del Grosso said...

Jessika
Well, simply choosing not to eat something you object to is a perfectly reasonable course of action. But it is not something that an animal rights suffragist is likely to do.