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.