Animal “Rights” Whackos Target Foie Gras

God Bless the animal rights loonies.  They can, temporarily at least, relieve our minds of having to deal with truly important issues.

The nation’s debt is well in excess of $14 trillion; and despite much rhetoric to the contrary by both major parties in Washington, our annual deficits continue at unsustainable levels.  Our military is involved in an eight-year old conflict in Iraq, and another that is a decade long, in Afghanistan; both matters that drain significant national economic and personal resources.  Our federal Energy Department, created nearly two generations ago with the express purpose of reducing our country’s reliance on foreign energy sources, has failed miserably at its primary task, even as it continues to cost taxpayers tens of billions of dollars each year.  And, this administration, like its predecessor, continues to infringe Americans’ privacy and other civil liberties, as if the Bill of Rights were a quaint but no longer relevant afterthought to the powers exercised by the federal government.

This short list is but the tip of the iceberg of major problems currently confronting the United States.

Yet, with all these issues that ought to concern citizens, what issue occupies the attention of a group of so-called animal “rights” activists in Atlanta?  They are apparently worried sick that a restaurant in our fair city might continue to offer the delicacy known as foie gras, to customers who enjoy the seared goose liver. I kid you not; foie gras to these fringe activists obviously is far more crucial to the future of our country than the national debt, taxes, wars or civil liberties (at least those that apply to humans).

The “Animal Protection and Rescue League” (APRL), based in San Diego, California, has decided Atlanta is the new Ground Zero for their vitally important effort to protect a few geese from having their livers cooked for those humans savoring the dish.  The group had a few “animal rights” activists waving anti-foie gras signs near the Buckhead restaurant, “Bistro Niko,” last weekend.

Animal rights groups’ record of success in forcing restaurants to stop serving foie gras, or convincing governments to do so by law, is marginal at best.  For example, only one state – California (of course) – has passed a law prohibiting production of foie gras (thereby indirectly preventing restaurants from serving it).  Only one city – Chicago – has banned foie gras from restaurants in its jurisdiction; although the Windy City later repealed the ban.  The anti-foie gras crowd also is lobbying the Hawaiian legislature, even though the Aloha State last year defeated such a ban.

Notwithstanding such a – thankfully — dismal record of legislative success, these animal right-ists spend their time (and indirectly the time of restaurant managers, owners and patrons forced to deal with them) on an issue that in the scheme of things does not even rise to the level of remotely important to this country.

There always will be individuals and organizations focused on or excited by minor or fringe issues; and that’s fine.  It’s a free country (at least in that respect).  And, there always will be people with money who are inclined to fund such efforts; and here too, they should be free to do so.  But intelligent American citizens and lawful businesses such as restaurants should be free to ignore such nonsensical efforts; and they should.  Even more importantly, state and local government legislators hopefully will continue to understand that prohibiting restaurants from offering a product desired by its patrons is un-American and should not become a subject for legislative restriction or prohibition.

by Bob Barr – The Barr Code

168 comments Add your comment

Jim

April 22nd, 2011
5:59 am

The animal rights groups protest the serving of foie gras because the goose is tortured in order to grotesquely enlarge its liver. Similarly, real veal (not legally sold in the U.S.) is derived by torturing calves — kept motionless in a box and milk fed for their entire short lives. There are plenty of good foods out there that don’t require cruelty. Or is that too loony?

Carlos Mencia, Esquire

April 22nd, 2011
6:03 am

Cultivate empathy

Rightwing Troll

April 22nd, 2011
6:17 am

F-R-E-E S-P-E-E-C-H… It’s not just for those whose point of view you agree with, it’s for us all… Now, where’s your article about NRA “whackos” or flagger “whackos”?

Bob Cottrell

April 22nd, 2011
6:24 am

God Bless Good Ole Boy Bob Barr. He can, temporarily, at least, relieve our minds of having to deal with what he calls truly important issues by taking the time to rant about Foie Gras. I’d say Bob is the “Wacko” (check the dictionary, Bob) here.

He’s exemplifies the typical conservative who can’t relate to anything but his own views and wouldn’t know cruelty to any creature, human or animal, if it jumped up and goosed him.

Sue

April 22nd, 2011
6:25 am

Hey Bob, if you’re so darned concerned about war, economics, and civil liberties than you should dedicate your freakin time to THOSE THINGS. Those who are concerned about how horribly the geese are treated in order for WACKOS like you to eat what you’ve been led to believe is a DELICACY are trying to do something about that. What exactly are YOU, BOB, trying to do about war, the state of the economy, and Americans loss of civil liberties? Huh, Bob? What EXACTLY are you f-in doing for what you claim to believe in so much? Huh, Bob? Didn’t hear your answer, Bob, in your ranting and raving above. So, Bob, what exactly is your answer to all of the important issues you are so f-in concerned about? Huh, Bob? Tell us, Bob. Go ahead, do it. Stand up for what you believe in, Bob.

Animal Rights supporter

April 22nd, 2011
6:36 am

Bob, you clearly are an idiot.

Mongo

April 22nd, 2011
6:59 am

“Even more importantly, state and local government legislators hopefully will continue to understand that prohibiting restaurants from offering a product desired by its patrons is un-American and should not become a subject for legislative restriction or prohibition.”

Can we assume that this philosophy would also apply to marijuana?

Mongo

April 22nd, 2011
7:03 am

BTW: foie gras and veal are damn tasty. Banning them is just the first step in the insane agenda of the vegan weenies who’s end goal is to ban meat and force everyone to be a weedeater.

JJ

April 22nd, 2011
7:16 am

Who cares how the darn goose is treated? Goose Liver is delightful. Also, an attack on civil liberties, such as the ones these wacko animal rights activists are perpetuating IS a huge deal. We have principals in Chicago banning sack lunches, Legislatire in New York labeling Tag Football as “dangerous” and in need of regulation; Tennesse has outlawed the word “gay” and any talk of homosexuality in its schools, and some nut-job in Cali is actually trying to sue McDonalds for offering TOYS with their happy meals. Yeah, this is something to be looked at, and frowned upon.

ecs

April 22nd, 2011
7:16 am

This article is a stunning example of why I rarely read the local media. Bob Barr, only a sociopathic right wing idiot could be so dismissive of animal rights advocates. Your “article” is nothing but a troll, as is its author.

abouttime

April 22nd, 2011
7:26 am

Good for those animal rights “WACKOS”. Ghandi once wrote that man can be judged by the way it treats it’s animals. I think that says a lot about the people who would support eating Foie Gras. Those animals will eventually serve as food but to torture them (yes shoving a metal pipe down there throat and force feeding them until there liver almost explodesis torture)is just inhumane.

abouttime

April 22nd, 2011
7:27 am

their not there

the watch dog

April 22nd, 2011
7:31 am

If restaurant customers are aware of how geese are tortured in order to have nice plump livers for the enjoyment of the eating public then it is alright. I would not eat Foie Gras now that I know of the poor treatment of the geese. Geese on the other hand are a particularly agressive bird, much like the middle east militants. If the U.S. had adopted a spirit of neutrality in the middle east, instead of 14 trillion dollard deficit, it would be operating with a budget surplus.In the last few days alone, there have been four combat deaths from the 10th Mountain Division alone, all in their teens or early twenties, that is pretty young. I see this goose business as a low priority in relation to the afore mentioned. Not withstading, the continual assault on the fourth amendment rights. “nothing diminishes the human spirit more quickly than the unhealded search and seizure at any hour of the day or night”.

Dave

April 22nd, 2011
7:31 am

And Bob Barr knows a thing or two about getting excited (and even burning up taxpayer dollars!) over minor or fringe issues, such as presidents’ private sexual affairs, etc.

NS

April 22nd, 2011
7:40 am

I too at one time, believed that the geese were tortured in the production of foie gras but after visiting a foie gras farm in Normandy, France I changed my mind. Foie gras is not mass produced and the geese live on beautiful farms where they are free ranging and once a day the farmer herds them into his barn and very gently puts a tube down the goose’s throat and feeds him or her a gruel mixture. It only lasts about 20 secs and the geese did not appear to be overly upset by the process, in fact the farmer easily does this on his own without the need for any assistance in restraining the bird. Compared to the massive and often inhumane industrialized farming practices used in the US for the production of a wide range of dairy products and animal proteins, the production of Foie gras is very tame and humane.

Tom

April 22nd, 2011
7:46 am

Just about all animals that are harvested for their meat are treated in a way that someone will consider cruel. If the elimination of animal cruelty is truly the target, then why not start with the larger problems of over population of dogs and cats, that are stray? Once that problem is solved, move onto the next one that effects the most animals. I am sure that goose liver will be very low on the list. Can’t believe someone is concerned about animal cruelty until this approach is taken. Otherwise they are just looking for drama and something to occupy their lives.

Stephen

April 22nd, 2011
7:46 am

I like to hunt, kill, and eat geese and duck in season. I guess steel shot to the head/chest is less torture than a metal pipe down the throat. Although you have to wring a few necks for the ones still kicking like the AFLAC duck.

Damian

April 22nd, 2011
7:47 am

Bob is very old. And his opinions are even older.

Rightwing Troll

April 22nd, 2011
7:48 am

abouttime

April 22nd, 2011
7:48 am

NS: check the record of the company that supplies Foie Gras to Bistro Niko. More out of a horror movie than a lovely countryside in Normandy France.

Damian

April 22nd, 2011
7:49 am

Stephen’s comment above is due to his small penis and I.Q.

abouttime

April 22nd, 2011
7:53 am

Tom: My good friend was involved in the protests at Bistro Niko and has spent every weekend for the last 3 years volunteering at Lifeline animal project helping adopt out those homeless dogs and cats. I assure you that he and most of those protesters are not just looking for “drama and something to occupy their lives”.

Brett C.

April 22nd, 2011
7:57 am

Bob, I respect you and sympathize with your idea that issues like this are distracting from other, even more urgent concerns needing addressing.

However, I disagree with the way you are attempting to defraud the issue of animal rights. As a libertarian and carnivour, I both welcome and encourage the raising and consumption of poultry and other livestock. However, I place great importance on doing so in a responsible, humane manner. Afterall, holding issues like that with importance- even reverence is a right given to myself and others just as any other right.

If it helps, you could instead frame the issue as liberty loving Americans putting that liberty and their passions to work as free people ought to be able to.

Your ignorance on this issue is so diassappointing, even surprising. To such a degree even, that it is grossly uncharacteristic of you. Surely, the wars are are far more costly and futile, but on this issue you’ve made a judgement in haste and without due thought democracy in action. The activists aren’t seeking to affect sweeping national change as generally prohibited in the Constitution, but local change as ordered by the Tenth Amendment.

Surely perhaps, these activists could be working on other issues, dedicating their time to larger national priorities similar to yours, but you’ve overlooked their side of the story, their right to affect change in their manner of choosing, and least of all, the tragedy and real suffering that foie graas truly is. This isn’t a silly inconsequential issue, Bob. A libertarian ought to know this, and one as influential as yourself ought to pick battles and focus on issues that serve to affect positive changes such as those you’ve suggested as an alternative, instead of disenfranchising supporters of an agenda that admittedly regulates private businesses, but serves to prevent suffering and inhumane practices in the presence of alternatives. Bob Barr acting to derail supporters of humane livestock treatment is no less wasteful than that movements supporters engaging in democracy.

Blog Soup

April 22nd, 2011
8:01 am

Bob Barr is………..RIGHT!! We can’t let the feds kill the goose that laid the golden egg: namely our constitution. The damnable feds are going through our civil rights like sheet through a goose! Well let me tell you something, Uncle Sam: what’s good for the goose is good for the gander. Pate de foie gras is an hor doeuvres (my kingdom for an umlaut. sigh), and maybe the proper wine escapes me, but for once Bob Barr has tabled a worthwhile discussion.

Coffee Break. Be Back.

Alex Turner

April 22nd, 2011
8:08 am

Engaging and well written article! This tops anything I have read lately on the subject at hand. I wonder if this’ll be posted on Twenty-First Tycoon. Although the site has awesome political, business, technology and real estate news, they could use more stuff like this. http://www.21Tycoon.com

Pey

April 22nd, 2011
8:10 am

Foie Gras is currently banned in 15 countries. It will be banned in California next year. Clearly, many other countries in the world have made an educated decision to ban the horrible cruel practice of force feeding the birds. Thank you to the people who are willing to go out their on their own time to educate the public about the torture that goes on to produce the diseased livers. I applaud them for having the courage to speak up. I hope to see/hear of more protests until the cruel and disgusting dish is off of all menus.

Matt

April 22nd, 2011
8:12 am

I love Foie Gras! The best Foie Gras is produced by a process known as “gavage,” or force-feeding. Typically, the force feeding is performed 4-6 times a day for 2-5 weeks, depending on the size of the fowl. Using a funnel attached to a slim metal feeding tube inserted into the bird’s throat to deposit the food through the esophagus.

See, the best Foie Gras comes from a very fat goose or duck. For the liver to taste good, it must be severely enlarged and fat almost having liver disease. The best taste comes from liver that has swollen up to 12 time it normal size. It’s not natural for this to occur in most animals, that’s why they have to force the food through the animal’s esophagus and keep them in a very small cage so it cannot move.

I don’t know why so many people are upset about this process. We’re just going to eat the duck/goose in the 1st place.

Yum, yum, yum. And at $25 for a small appetizer plate, I want the best Foie Gras. When you order this dish at a restaurant, you know you are from an elite class in society. I LOVE IT!

Melody

April 22nd, 2011
8:15 am

There is documented proof of the cruelty that is involved in producing Foie Gras. For more information and to see pictures of what happens go to http://www.stopforcefeeding.com.

WOW

April 22nd, 2011
8:27 am

Hey Bob

The country is falling apart, Obozo’s poll numbers are dropping like Hillary Clinton’s boobs and you’re typing about animal rights groups?

Come on dude.

Barack

April 22nd, 2011
8:32 am

Foie Gras is no different than American’s bloated wallets. I like to torture them…fatten them up…and enjoy all there tax dollars…tasty like a good goose liver

Patrick

April 22nd, 2011
8:34 am

Barr is just another wing-nut calling himself a Libertarian. And a hypocrite too…he says that it is a waste of time and money for activists to try and protect animals from abuse, but according to Wikipedia, while Barr was in Congress he proposed that the Pentagon ban the practice of Wicca in the military.[34][63] Me-thinks trying to ban Wicca in the military is a far bigger money and time-waster than protecting sentient ducks from being tortured– to satisfy one’s taste buds. But consistency has never been a strong point of the neo-cons. It also seems strange that “Libertarians”, who allegedly belief in a non-aggression principle, don’t mind aggressing against helpless innocent creatures.

carlosgvv

April 22nd, 2011
8:42 am

There always have been and always will be a large number of major problems facing our country. To say we should just ignore amimals being tortured because of these other serious problems we face is an indication of a callous personality.

Blog Soup

April 22nd, 2011
8:48 am

Brett C: diarrhea of the brain.

You’re quite mad, you know.

And what R the rest of you squawking about? Do you know how they make cat soup? Or frog legs? The best cowbrains (sesos) is formed by showing the cow a series of easy to follow quadratic equations followed by the sequence of digits that comprise the number for Pi. In other words, everything that tortured us baby boomers in elementary school. Maybe no creature should be subject to such cruelty. Maybe the lion should be George-Foreman Grilled with the lamb, and our swords be braised down and then refried into plowshares, and nations should invent rules for tailgate parties, maybe meeting in a little town called Geneva or something, I don’t know, I’m just making this up as I go along.

morons.

Andrea

April 22nd, 2011
8:55 am

Dear Bob, it is possible, and very likely, that these animal rights activists are concerned both with the issues that threaten our country, as well as ending the inhumane treatment of animals. Just thought I’d send a little logic your way! Andrea

Civilian

April 22nd, 2011
8:57 am

“There always have been and always will be a large number of major problems facing our country. To say we should just ignore amimals being tortured because of these other serious problems we face is an indication of a callous personality.”

Genius Carlos…Freudian even. This citation deserves to be enscribed on the halls of all schools. Pure brilliance my friend…give us more!!

carlosgvv

April 22nd, 2011
9:04 am

Civilian

I must give credit where credit is due. Your brilliant comments here give me the fantastic inspiration I need to be able to soar to such heights of greatness.

BULLSEYE

April 22nd, 2011
9:06 am

Bob prefers special cheese made in a humane way

Borat: My wife make this cheese.
Bob Barr: It’s very nice.
Borat: She make it from milk from her t!ts.

Trapped in a Red state

April 22nd, 2011
9:11 am

Where do we start on this subject…This past week it was reported that 50% of all meats contained bacteria resistant to antibiotics. These are 2rd generation mutations. Why the sudden surge in infections. Farmers have successfully lobbied for years to have unlimited access and use of penicillin without requiring a vet. This penicillin is necessary for raising hogs, because farmers place the breeding females in cages too small for them to turn around…hogs are pretty smart, so confining them in this manner creates extreme stress…which causes their immune systems to break down…thus requiring the unlimited supply of penicillin. So, these unregulated “factory farms” now create staph infections that we can’t treat. All we had to do was require that farm animals be treated “humanly”. Give them enough space to keep them healthy and no drugs are needed. The farms have become “corporate farms”…efficiency, cost effectiveness driven factories dealing in live animals.
Well, if we can’t bring ourselves to care enough to prevent animal cruelty in it’s many forms…then at least now, we may have to do so for the sake of our OWN health. With people like old Bob here. That is the only way the animals get any sympathy at all.
Go eat that nice thick rare steak Bob…it’s ok…go ahead now.

back to work now

April 22nd, 2011
9:25 am

What a contradiction in the same article! Stating that to a “group of so-called animal “rights” activists in Atlanta…foie gras to these fringe activists obviously is far more crucial to the future of our country than the national debt, taxes, wars or civil liberties”. And then just a little further down to state: “There always will be individuals and organizations focused on or excited by minor or fringe issues; and that’s fine”. Well–not apparently in the FIRST part of your article. Please edit a little more before posting these.

WOW

April 22nd, 2011
9:30 am

Speaking of animals. Here’s yet another example of a hate crime that Cynthia Tucker and Jay Bookman ignore.

Two black females beating the hell out of a white patron, while several black employees stand by and watch. One black male manages to provide the facade of assistance to the white victim in this brutal attack.

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=ec0_1303444048

WOW

April 22nd, 2011
9:32 am

“To say we should just ignore amimals being tortured because of these other serious problems we face is an indication of a callous personality.”

I’m more concerned about high gas prices, high unemployment, a retard in the White House and inflation, carlos.

If you are so concerned about animal torture, go protest a KFC.

back to work now

April 22nd, 2011
9:34 am

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ Don’t feed the Troll

Thinking Citizen

April 22nd, 2011
9:38 am

There is so much fear being expressed about our “rights” being taken away.
Consider for a moment: When slavery was abolished, the “right” to own slaves was taken away. When women gained the right to vote, the “right” of society to subordinate woman was taken away.
Just because something is legal, that doesn’t make it right.
Change is imperative for progress.
Kudos to the activists and concerned citizens for taking a stand against cruelty.

WOW

April 22nd, 2011
9:42 am

Don’t feed the Troll >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>back to work now

WOW

April 22nd, 2011
9:48 am

Trapped in a Red state

Is someone keeping you in a red state against your will? Like I tell every left winger, Delta is ready when you are.

WOW

April 22nd, 2011
9:49 am

“Bob, you clearly are an idiot.”

What a profound statement. When you can’t argue or debate the subject, you resort to name calling. You’d fit in quite well over on Kookman’s blog.

BULLSEYE

April 22nd, 2011
9:54 am

I just took a big wow and it smeared the bowl after I flushed.

carlosgvv

April 22nd, 2011
9:59 am

WOW – 9:32

All I’m saying is it doesn’t have to be either one or the other. We can, and should be concerned about greed-driven high gas prices, high unemployment, an inept president, inflation AND animal abuse. And, posting that blacks beating a white patron has earned you the liberal award “politically incorrect and insensitive person of the week”.

TRobin

April 22nd, 2011
10:03 am

Why is it that everyone assumes that these animal activists are only fighting for one thing and they are not concerned with all of the above? I believe that to be true ignorance on your part, Bob. So what you are saying to your readers is…”Leave the little things alone until we get all the big stuff figured out.” Well, let’s face it- nothing would ever be accomplished! There is no delicacy in the dish foie gras. I hope since the AJC requires only facts in their articles you actually did some research before giving your opinion so freely. Educate yourself on foie gras and see if you would still want it on your plate.

ED MULRENIN

April 22nd, 2011
10:06 am

IF THIS IS WHAT YOU WRITE ABOUT, BOB, YOUR FOLKS MUST BE REALLY PROUD OF THEIR SON AND HIS BRILLIANT CAREER. WHAT A LOSER.