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

WOW

April 22nd, 2011
10:16 am

“And, posting that blacks beating a white patron has earned you the liberal award “politically incorrect and insensitive person of the week”.”

LOL!!!! Whaaaaaaaat?

WOW

April 22nd, 2011
10:17 am

BULLSEYE is a necrophiliac.

WOW

April 22nd, 2011
10:18 am

ED MULRENIN

And what do you do for a living, troglodyte?

BULLSEYE

April 22nd, 2011
10:22 am

Dying ain’t much of a livin wow.

WOW

April 22nd, 2011
10:23 am

“Dying ain’t much of a livin wow.”

Well, in you case, plugging the dead is living.

BULLSEYE

April 22nd, 2011
10:28 am

that means you’re next. smile for me.

WOW

April 22nd, 2011
10:30 am

“that means you’re next. smile for me.”

I got years left on me, Bull$hit. You’ll have to find someone else for your nasty habits.

BULLSEYE

April 22nd, 2011
10:35 am

You as nasty as they come little feller. Little smear on a big bowl.

WOW

April 22nd, 2011
10:36 am

“You as nasty as they come little feller. Little smear on a big bowl.”

You must be someone I beat up in high school.

Native Atlantan

April 22nd, 2011
10:38 am

Protesting foie gras makes about as much sense as Bob even writing this article. Really? Best you could do this morning?

Aaron

April 22nd, 2011
10:42 am

It’s a testament to people’s ignorance that the usual response to an animal rights issue is “what about the suffering of the poor, the hungry and the downtrodden. Aren’t they more important and more worth your time?” Assuming this one issue is the sole focus of every individual there shows a lack of understanding of the group of people being targeted. Most of these “crazy animal rights people” are also active in social justice, the needy, and confronting unnecessary suffering in all it’s forms. The entire blog is based on attaching an overly simplified and ignorant stereotype to a group of people because it will draw a knee-jerk reaction. I wouldn’t expect that a columnist for Atlanta’s major newspaper would have to stoop to those levels to inspire a response from his readers.

Marilyn

April 22nd, 2011
10:53 am

Well Bob, this group of animal whackos must be accomplishing great things because you are taking the time to write about them. If people only cared about what you listed in your blog the United States would be completely hopeless. It is nice to read articles like this and realize your generation will soon be replaced with a compassionate one. I look at my children and grandchildren and I am given hope.

Dino

April 22nd, 2011
11:03 am

Pretty funny stuff from Mr. Barr. After all, it was his Republican party which got us into the war in Iraq through a pack of lies and brought this country into the worst recession since the Great Depression. And the part about infringing on personal liberties? here’s a guy whose party wants to abolish a woman’s right to choose and ban internet gambling. The hypocrisy is amazing. But Barr is a champion of animal abuse. While serving in congress, he was one of a handful of reps who voted in favor of animal “crush videos”. So if stomping and kicking a small animal to death, for the fun of it, is fine by him then certainly what they do to these poor birds is of absolutely no consequence. But as usual with the defenders of animal abuse, Barr completely avoids the pain, suffering and death that these animals are forced to endure. The tactic of cruelty advocate is always the same, attack the messenger. Try to marginalize them. I wish that every person was required to watch a copy of “Earthlings”. I believe it would have a profound effect on most people’s level of compassion toward truly the most vulnerable and defenseless members of our society. But I do stress the word “most”. People like barr, ted nugent, the maulder brothers (microwaved a dog to death), any dogfighter and the list goes on ad nauseum, ENJOY watching animals suffer. But the AJC gives sociopaths like this a soapbox and for a couple of minutes civilization takes a blow below the proverbial belt.

MLeake

April 22nd, 2011
11:07 am

Note to the animal rights advocates:

There are many areas where I’d probably agree with you, and some where I would not. However, the tone of the speech most of you use in here is a major turn-off. If you hope to gain any support from centrists, you might want to cut back on the cursing, name-calling, and character assassination. It makes you come across like loud-mouthed, adolescent bullies, even though most of you are probably relatively nice and relatively well-spoken in person.

In other words, abrasiveness and obnoxiousness hurt your ability to get your message across.

Or, you get more flies with honey than with vinegar.

beth kesselring

April 22nd, 2011
11:16 am

Do you really think animal rights activists think their beliefs regarding animal rights are more important than any of the issues our country is dealing with? Or is that an opinion? Don’t you think it’s a good thing that some groups of people understand animals rights and do what they can to make that small part of life on planet earth a little better? Just like some groups of people understand politics, some understand business, some understand education, and some understand health care… so on and so on. Do you think that the people of let’s say, Nasa have discussion pages that say “we have much more important things going on in space so why are all these politcal “whackos” worrying about the national debt “We all have different passions and beliefs, don’t we, so isn’t it a good thing that people are out doing what they can to try to make our world a better place for all living things. I think it’s really unfair and in bad taste to call passionate people “whackos.” Think about it….

Junior Samples

April 22nd, 2011
11:21 am

It’s official, Bob no longer supports Free Speech.
Shut down your blog, Bob.

CazLand

April 22nd, 2011
11:21 am

Lets be honest is there really a humane way to kill anything,if it’s for consumption I’m ok with it. And as for the other issues that our country is faced with I agree with BB. While we sit here debating mistreatment of animals our beloved Gov just spent another billion. We as a country are bankrupt and these clowns (repubs & dems) just dont get it. We have to freeze spending back to a sustainable rate,and forget about taxing the producers unless we are honest enough to tax the non-producers. This self entitlement society thats been allowed to fester for the past 30-40 years is out of control. Diatribe over for now

Annie

April 22nd, 2011
11:23 am

“Never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.”
~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

I guess you are society’s punishment for them for not looking the other way.

CazLand

April 22nd, 2011
11:30 am

Oh and by the way has anyone seen how corn is harvested?…………………….oh the horror. Corn is a living thing right?

BULLSEYE

April 22nd, 2011
11:34 am

Go count your pennies Caz.

WOW

April 22nd, 2011
11:36 am

“After all, it was his Republican party which got us into the war in Iraq ”

Are you retarded?

Isa for the animals

April 22nd, 2011
11:36 am

I am hardly a “whacho”. I have a Masters Degree in Business, and speak four languages. There is nothing I can do about the national debt, except pay my bills, which I do. I am not one of those people filing bankruptcy to avoid paying my bills. There is nothing I can do about taxes. I do not set the tax rate, and I wish something good was done with our tax money here in the U.S, other than fund a war. I also cannot stop the war. I have helped people in the past, but only gotten stabbed in the back with a machete. But what I CAN do is to do be a great mom, an equal partner in marriage and speak for the animals who suffer and are used and abused by the human”kind”. Even the Bible talks about kindness to animals, but the majority of the so called Christians in this country choose to skip those parts. I wish a beautiful day to all those who also include animals in their circle of compassion! May God bless you!

WOW

April 22nd, 2011
11:37 am

“But the AJC gives sociopaths like this a soapbox and for a couple of minutes civilization takes a blow below the proverbial belt.”

Dino = bed wetting left winger. Dino needs her diaper changed.

WOW

April 22nd, 2011
11:37 am

“I guess you are society’s punishment for them for not looking the other way.”

MLK was a registered Republican.

beth kesselring

April 22nd, 2011
11:38 am

“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.”
Did you survey the entire country Bob? YOUR opinion is not that of the country! Maybe your senior citizen community agrees with you but not the country. My generation feels differently and lets face it your one foot in the grave, I hope you like tofu because thats what we will feed you in the senior citizen home you will end up in :) Have you started looking at brochures yet?? Lmfao

WOW

April 22nd, 2011
11:40 am

“I have helped people in the past, but only gotten stabbed in the back with a machete. ”

You must be a zombie, then.

“Even the Bible talks about kindness to animals, but the majority of the so called Christians in this country choose to skip those parts.”

And you base that ridiculous claim off of what? OHHHHHHH, that’s right, you’re just making it up.

“I am hardly a “whacho”.”

What’s a whacho?

“I have a Masters Degree in Business, and speak four languages.”

You must have gotten your “masters” from Imaginary U.

WOW

April 22nd, 2011
11:41 am

“Even the Bible talks about kindness to animals, but the majority of the so called Christians in this country choose to skip those parts.”

Got anything to back up that claim?

CazLand

April 22nd, 2011
11:43 am

I guess Bullseye solution to national debt is to raise taxes………………………again.Perfect example of gov education

Adam

April 22nd, 2011
11:44 am

This thought always bothers me. It is like saying that someone who walks for breast cancer does not care about people with AIDS, our soldiers at war, etc. Torture is wrong in any case, especially when it is done to an animal, as they are helpless to what us humans do to them. To call people ‘wackos’ for wanting an end to something that is obviously wrong is a pathetic attempt to create controversy and makes no logical sense.

BULLSEYE

April 22nd, 2011
11:45 am

Wow is a voluteer to clean a diaper. Makes sense.He’ s a pro’s pro in smear.

CazLand

April 22nd, 2011
11:46 am

Oh and by the way Bullseye u gettin ready for the .03 gas tax comin our way. Taxation is not the answer to the problem,oh I don’t know maybe quit spending what we dont have! I know thats a tuffy for most libs but here in the real world its not so difficult to comprehend.

St. Francis

April 22nd, 2011
11:47 am

So, you think someone is a whacko if they believe animals should not be tortured for some dubious reason as your particular taste in “delicacies”. (Hmm, note to self: Bob hates animals.) And you say they should be concerned with other things but you yourself wrote a rant about it. Should you too be concerned with other things.

And you say you’re a Libertarian and we all know Libertarians are very serious about free speech. Yet, you berated these people and the preacher in Florida for excercing their free speech. God doesn’t like hypocrites but he does like compassionate people.

Hambone

April 22nd, 2011
11:47 am

All this fuss over some high fallutin’ liverwurst.

BULLSEYE

April 22nd, 2011
11:47 am

National debt can be cured on another blog later today cazman. Try to keep up.

BULLSEYE

April 22nd, 2011
11:48 am

I got mine caz. Count your pennies and pout.

CazLand

April 22nd, 2011
11:55 am

Bullseye,typical lib. Why address something today that u can pawn off on future generations. Ur kids will love ya for that for sure. Oh but wait, lets waste energy on a discussion of how animals are killed for consumption, priorities.

con

April 22nd, 2011
11:57 am

Bob,
Why don’t you concentrate on the birther, flagger, and NRA wackos? Those are the nuts that are really hurting our country.

NotImpressed

April 22nd, 2011
12:00 pm

Mr. Barr, can you not fathom that some people can champion more than one cause at a time?

Animal abuse is never justified, IMO. I agree with the protesters. I have not eaten meat or worn animal material in 19 years.

BULLSEYE

April 22nd, 2011
12:01 pm

Caz. Me not lib, but you fool. I want to see less suffering in this world. Keep dividing your little world into righty vs lib. It’s all you have capcity for. If you can’t afford gas tax, stop driving and do your part.

Darwin

April 22nd, 2011
12:01 pm

Bob and the right wing bloggers here used to make the same arguments about minority rights. Focusing on them is a waste of priorities.

Eric

April 22nd, 2011
12:06 pm

If every time you kicked or beat your dog he pooped real high quality chocolate Easter eggs, would that make beating him OK? Would that be animal cruelty, but who cares as long as the chocolate was of the finest quality?

Goose liver is turned into the foie gras delicacy through the cruel force-feeding (shove tube down goose throat, pump food in) of geese. There is nothing wrong with foie gras, it’s super fatty goose liver — there is definitely something wrong with the production of it, and the society that lets this happen.

CazLand

April 22nd, 2011
12:07 pm

Bullseye-Right, I’m sure u say that to all that will listen right up to the point u enter the voters booth. At least be honest another lib issue. Yes I do have a problem with contiued taxation,obviously u dont. Fundalmental difference between us. I believe I pay enough taxes,you believe u don’t. I believe we should allow like thinkers to pay more taxes without penalizing the rest.

Aquagirl

April 22nd, 2011
12:09 pm

Bob thinks worrying about spooge on an intern’s dress is a more worthy cause.

CazLand

April 22nd, 2011
12:12 pm

Eric,if dogs are for consumption I dont care how they are destroyed. But seeing in this country as far as I know we dont eat dogs then yes beating dogs is cruel and should be prosecuted.I’ll ask again, If animals are used for consumption is there really a humane way of killing them?

Tim

April 22nd, 2011
12:15 pm

Is this the last place wow has to post?

BULLSEYE

April 22nd, 2011
12:20 pm

Caz, this forum is for the concern of animal abuse. Move to another country and see what the taxes are like there. Otherwise, your hatred for Obummer disguised as tax revolt is very telling.

CazLand

April 22nd, 2011
12:27 pm

Bullseye,right.Great retort instead of attacking the issues at hand,your resposne is to move. No i’d rather remain and try to right the ship that ur friends and yes my side as well have pushed upon us. And do I think talking about the ways we kill for food is a waste of time in the realm of things……….YES

BULLSEYE

April 22nd, 2011
12:28 pm

wow got flushed

CazLand

April 22nd, 2011
12:30 pm

Bullseye,I believe thats what BB is trying to convey in his piece. Our engeries are being misguided to whats really importnat right now. IMO he’s right

Eric

April 22nd, 2011
12:34 pm

Caz – Your comments make me question your membership in the human race. This isn’t about how animals are destroyed, it’s about how they live. For people, inflicting pain upon animals is often a sign of mental illness. Serial killers often start with animal abuse for instance — lack of empathy and disregard for the wellbeing of anything but themselves. So, as long as we eat it, you are saying we can abuse it in any manner anybody wants? That’s a sick way of living and signs of a sick society. Religious texts have dealt with the humane slaughter of animals for centuries, and thousands of laws are on the books enforcing societal mores on the upkeep and slaughter of animals. To imagine how animals are cared for is irrelevant, you would be ignoring centuries of human history. There are humane ways of dealing with production animals, as it is possible to produce cruelty and suffering-free livestock for consumption.