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  • SinDee
    ... From: AnimalConcerns.org Date: Thu, 8 Sep 2005 00:34:00 -0400 Diners with a craving for foie gras have been left searching for it on menus in frustration
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      From: AnimalConcerns.org

      Date: Thu, 8 Sep 2005 00:34:00 -0400


      Diners with a craving for foie gras have been left searching for it on
      menus in frustration this year. The delicacy has all but disappeared
      from county restaurants after pressure from people who see its
      production as cruel to animals.

      Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger last September signed a bill that will ban
      the sale and production in California of the goose- or duck-liver pate
      in 2012, and the food already is gone from area restaurants and
      stores.

      Pamplemousse Grille in Solana Beach last February was the first area
      restaurant to voluntarily remove foie gras from its menu, and 13
      others in the county have followed this year, according to Kath Rogers
      of the Animal Protection and Rescue League in San Diego, which at
      times has protested about restaurants' serving the item.

      "I think there are about three or four restaurants in San Diego that
      do still serve it," said Rogers, co-director of the three-year-old
      Animal Protection and Rescue League. "We're definitely going to
      educate them to stop serving it. A lot of people just don't know how
      it's produced, and when we educate them, it can make a difference."
      ...
      Rogers said her group has targeted foie gras production because,
      unlike the farming of other animals, "it can never be made humanely."

      People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals first brought attention to
      foie gras production in the 1990s. The Animal Protection and Rescue
      League conducted its own investigation with the Los Angeles Times in
      2003, which reported on foie gras production that September.

      The league, which has a small staff but says it has 2,500 members and
      volunteers nationwide, teamed with the larger group In Defense of
      Animals in a lawsuit against Sonoma Fois Gras, the only farm in
      California to make fois gras.

      California State Sen. John Burton (D-San Francisco) introduced a bill
      banning foie gras, and the lawsuit was dropped when the bill was
      passed. Bills similar to the California ban are pending in New York,
      Massachusetts, Illinois and Oregon.

      Restaurants and stores must stop selling foie gras in 2012, but Rogers
      said that was too long to wait.

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      full story:
      http://www.nctimes.com/articles/2005/09/08/special_reports/food/19_35_599_7_05.txt
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