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Irene Lerner
moderation in all things; extremism is always evil
10:14 PM on 01/02/2013
It really is a no-brainer. It should always be against Dept of Agriculture regulations to let in any food that necessitates the intentional torture of the animal that it is made from.
I dont see the problem making it completey illegal. If I showed up someplace with an elephant tusk, I would be in danger of breaking a law.
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DarkSigns84returns
10:01 PM on 01/02/2013
Go visit Hudson Valley Foie Gras website and you can see an video about thier farm with Anthony Bourdain and see how it is done. A veterinarian will talk to him as well.

http://hudsonvalleyfoiegras.com/blog/?p=81
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01:22 PM on 01/04/2013
As usual, Bourdain seems to have had one too many glasses of wine on the tour. I had to stop watching when he began casting amorous glances at that little Toulouse. Come on, Anthony -- she was practically a gosling, for god's sake!
09:09 PM on 01/02/2013
Psst' who wants some black market Foie Gras?
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sushigirl
Keep alert. This country needs more lerts.
09:25 PM on 01/02/2013
Me me me
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dblueII
Share the kibble.
01:40 PM on 01/03/2013
No need for that. Just order it from one of the responsible and caring producers and it will come directly to your door. You'll save a few bucks, and you can have a party.
05:34 PM on 01/03/2013
"and you can have a party"

I think you meant to say "Pate" hehe
Scott Sarli
Any person's death diminishes me.
08:59 PM on 01/02/2013
Clearly what this situation needs is a White House petition.
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ww5022
Clinton 2016
08:38 PM on 01/02/2013
They banned it in Chicago for a while until they realized how silly a ban is. They are animals raised for food. People need to get priorities in order.
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Gary Amedee
Mea Culpa. Mea Maxima Cruenta Culpa
09:23 PM on 01/02/2013
Sorry..but this is different. These Geese are tortured to obtain the foie gras. They are force fed with a great big tube to make the liver swell upto ten times its normal size. Farm geese and ducks all you like..but doing this to them is just cruel.
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ww5022
Clinton 2016
09:26 PM on 01/02/2013
might seem like torture to some.  i'm not one of them.  they are commodities. sorry.
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psmarc93
Mean people suck
11:11 PM on 01/02/2013
I think it's possible to make it torture-free.
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GraphicMatt
Some people take the microbio way too seriously.
11:30 AM on 01/03/2013
I was in Chicago over the summer. I rarely eat foie gras, but I went to Hot Dougs (got there early enough to be first in line), and had their foie gras dog. It was heavenly.
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ww5022
Clinton 2016
11:39 AM on 01/03/2013
Hot Dougs is truely special. Never tried the foie gras dog but will on your recommendation.
08:02 PM on 01/02/2013
Thing about legislating morality; all you've done with your ban is decrease the likeliness of humanely derived foie gras. California, specifically the Bay Area, was growing a niche market for just such a product. I worked at a restaurant who took the financial hit to provide such a product. Now, they simply can't serve it at all.

Were you under the impression outlawing the stuff in California was going to actually have a net difference in the amount of foie gras produced nationally? Way to think that one through.

So, if you were concerned with the plight of geese; you're culpable. Now, if you were just concerned with showing how concerned you are about (in this case, the plight of geese) well...

Well played.

Furthermore, you folks who caused this: There is ZERO difference between yourself and the ignorant Christian who'd take away my uncle's right to marry the man he loves. ZERO. You've got the same moral literalism problem. Get over yourselves. All of you.
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dblueII
Share the kibble.
01:49 PM on 01/03/2013
The problem with legislating morality is that what is being legislated is almost never immoral.
07:06 PM on 01/02/2013
Laurel Pine, I have a wish for your salvation as a human being. I wish that you were confined in an enclosure that totally and constantly restricted your ability to move, even to relieve yourself. I wish for you that a tube was thrust deeply down into your gullet and that you were force fed through that for hours at a time. Now, when your liver became multiples of its normal size, surprise, I don't wish for your death so that some elite goose might eat your foie gras. I would like to see you released and returned to your freedom and luxury, a newly minted empath in a world tragically lacking.
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ww5022
Clinton 2016
08:31 PM on 01/02/2013
oh please. adopt a child. give clothes to a homeless person, read a book to an old person. the geese are food. period.
08:56 PM on 01/02/2013
"Oh please". I have two adopted children, one of whom coincidentally volunteers in a homeless shelter. You are entitled to your insensitivity, and I am entitled to my concern. "Period".
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Gary Amedee
Mea Culpa. Mea Maxima Cruenta Culpa
09:24 PM on 01/02/2013
Food is one thing..extended torture is another.
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SusanElizabeth1949
My micro-bio may be empty but my head isn't.
02:32 PM on 01/06/2013
No where are foie gras ducks or geese either confined to a cage or have their feet pegged to a floor -- that is the ancient way going clear back to Rome (they prized 'fat livers')
03:17 PM on 01/06/2013
OK Susan. We know that the goose is a living thing. and part of its organization is a nervous system and a brain. How would you describe its experience of this violation?
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thetastespot
Food Blogger & Travel Channel Host/Judge
06:58 PM on 01/02/2013
I'm waiting for Foie Gras to enter the fast food "food chain".
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ww5022
Clinton 2016
08:32 PM on 01/02/2013
costs too much.
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Christian Howell
The STEM. The Whole STEM. Nothing but the STEM.
06:53 PM on 01/02/2013
And of course the extra money CAN'T be used to make the process more humane...

Greed SUCKS...
06:49 PM on 01/02/2013
why michael vick got put in jail, and fancy providers get fawning praise is something i can't figure. maybe if vick hose fed his dogs and removed their organs, he'd be featured in some gourmet magazine.
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psmarc93
Mean people suck
11:12 PM on 01/02/2013
Didn't I hear this argument in "Pulp Fiction?"
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Husaria
Question all authority
06:12 PM on 01/02/2013
Now if we can only stop those " raw milk criminals " the USA will be safe to increase its girth with wanton abandon
Scott Sarli
Any person's death diminishes me.
08:56 PM on 01/02/2013
Really doubt anybody is putting on the pounds because of foie gras consumption.

(Anybody that isn't a goose anyway.)
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Husaria
Question all authority
08:24 AM on 01/03/2013
THAT was my point. They are putting on the pounds by eating " low fat " high omega six laden foods. Not the traditional foods humans have eaten for centuries. The French peasantry of the past were not overweight
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sandc411
i'm everything you ever were afraid of.
05:38 PM on 01/02/2013
does this ban apply to the large magazine foie gras or to the semi-automatic foie gras?
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FULLSRVLAW
Find joy every day.
04:35 PM on 01/02/2013
Foie gras production is about animal cruelty and nothing else. Forcing a metal tube down an animal's throat, any animal's throat, but in this case a duck's is just cruel. I believe that anyone who wants to continue obtaining foie gras ought to at least volunteer to have a metal tube forced down their throats so that he or she can at least appreciate the agony the duck endures for this "treat.'
05:24 PM on 01/02/2013
If it was cruel, the ducks wouldn't casually walk to the feeders and would show more distress during the process.
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Chris Berry
05:42 PM on 01/02/2013
That's not true. The ducks only resign themselves to the force-feeding after a couple of weeks of the process have passed. And there is additional cruelty on top of the process itself -- ducks at the end of the process have livers swollen 10x the normal size. This makes it difficult to walk, difficult to breathe, and makes the duck feel constantly sick as the liver is no longer able to clean toxins out of the system.
07:10 PM on 01/02/2013
I suppose we're all ignorant in one matter or another. We've just found yours.
06:10 PM on 01/02/2013
Goose, not duck.
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Patient Zero
That is not a picture of me.
02:44 PM on 01/02/2013
Bans are pointless and stupid if you can freely cross a border and get what you want anyway.
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SusanElizabeth1949
My micro-bio may be empty but my head isn't.
02:35 PM on 01/06/2013
My guess is there is now a thriving black market in frozen foie gras.
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Patient Zero
That is not a picture of me.
02:46 PM on 01/06/2013
Might be.  I doubt it.  You can just go to Nevada if you really want it.  I've had it.  It's nothing special.
yappnmutt
humping legs for liberty
02:32 PM on 01/02/2013
gosh. whodathunkit. neighboring states benefit from a ban on something in an adjacent state. i understand california banned foie gras out of principle. i just wish .gov would respond to their citizens on the issues that really matter out of the same righteous principle.
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SusanElizabeth1949
My micro-bio may be empty but my head isn't.
02:36 PM on 01/06/2013
The ban was passed without fanfare after being pushed by PETA and HUSA