(US-ny) Awaiting the Food Tsar
- [New York Sun - opinion]
Mayor Bloomberg and Speaker Quinn have come up with a plan to name a
food policy "tsar." Just what we need.
Not content to wait until the tsar is crowned, Council Member Alan
Gerson threatened to get a head start on things by introducing a ban
on the sale of foie gras here in Gotham. His proposal will be used as
the opening wedge by animal rights activists ultimately to ban the
sale of meat.
For the moment, cooler heads have prevailed, as Mr. Gerson has held
off for "further study." But one can be sure that this bill will
resurface. A similar ban was recently passed in Chicago, and New
York's municipal government seems even more committed to regulating
and legislating what we decide to eat and drink.
Foie gras is the enlarged liver of ducks which have been fed large
amounts of food through a process known as gavage. It has been used
for centuries. From most accounts, the ducks willingly submit to the
procedure, which takes less than half a minute. Feeding ducks in this
way two or three times a day for two to four weeks doesn't seem as
"inhumane" as the inevitable end that farm-raised ducks have to look
forward to, whether raised for foie gras or to be converted
deliciously to Peking Duck and hang in the window of a restaurant in
Raising animals for food has never been a pretty industry, and to
those who equate the lives of animals with those of humans, it is
something that must be ended on moral grounds. But ducks are not
people. Maybe we should blame the late Mel Blanc. Could it be that the
anti-meat activists have watched too many cartoons that give animals
human voices and personalities?
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