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

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Gem

April 23rd, 2011
11:40 pm

Bob Barr it’s people like you this country needs to worry about. I would pay to see tubes jammed several times a day into your throat as your liver becomes painfully enlarged and you suffer a slow excruciating death. And take all the other idiots like you along for the ride.

Jason

April 23rd, 2011
11:46 pm

Bob Barr is an old geezer, he will soon drop dead and no one will miss him anyway. End of Story.

Pizzaman

April 24th, 2011
10:39 am

This has nothing to do with the above article but is something I learned during the ‘74 oil rip off. If you waiting in line for anything bank, dry cleaner, fast food, pharmacy, gas etc. SHUR IT DOWN. You’ll save gas and help the environment.

Pizzaman

April 24th, 2011
11:12 am

Forgot to mention that if the wait will be more than 10 sec shut it down.

Laura Collins

April 24th, 2011
3:33 pm

Larry

April 24th, 2011
10:44 pm

Here’s a video on animal rights: http://meat.org

Mercey for Animals

April 24th, 2011
10:57 pm

To see what we are capable of going to animals is displayed on the Mercy for Animals website. I am not vegan and enjoy red meat, fish and chicken. I also make every attempt to purchase meat which comes from farms which treat their animals with respect. We are suppose to be stewards over the Earth and the animals, not inhuman overseers. http://www.mercyforanimals.org/calves/

Man in the mirror

April 24th, 2011
11:01 pm

@Animal Rights supporter April 22nd, 2011 6:36 am

Before you call someone an idiot take a look in the mirror. By the way, I hear dog fighting is more rampant than ever. Since most of you were so hard on Mick Vick why are you not outraged now!!!! What is different now? Oh, Mick Vick is black!

Animal Rights supporters are a bunch of hypocrites who pick and choose their battles.

Tracy

April 25th, 2011
12:18 am

Seems like a silly thing to dedicate an article to, Bob must be having a slow week.

That said, I fear animal rights activist when they get to nutty levels. Some of these people truly put dogs and cats above human life. This mindframe is sociopathic, Hitler loved dogs more than people. That said a lot about him.

Alley Cat

April 25th, 2011
10:39 am

Who is to say that because Animal “Rights” Whackos are taking up the cause of other living creatures being tortured and killed so that Human “Self-centered” Whackos can eat Foi Gras, they cannot take up other causes? Simply because some are incapable of doing more than one thing at a time surely you’re not saying others can’t. Be grateful that while most of you sit and do nothing there are those of us actually trying to change the condition of the World.

jk

April 25th, 2011
12:08 pm

Mr. Barr,

I agree with you sometimes and disagree with you sometimes, but your ideological consistency deserves some credit. Unfortunately, I believe your article missed the mark in several ways.

- The issues you label important are nation-wide, yet you ignore the concept of federalism. These “whackos” are acting locally about a local issue. Would you have them stand in front of the Gold Dome and protest Libya? That would be misguided, and your failure to clarify between federal and local issues only exacerbates an epidemic misconception among the voting public (a misconception which state and local pols cater too much too frequently).

- Second, the public has witnessed perpetual inertia on most of the pressing issues you identify- grandstanding and deadlock, followed by relatively inconsequential compromise, followed by more grandstanding. You fail to recognize the possibility that these “whackos,” discouraged by what they see in U.S. gov’t, instead are (efficiently) focusing their energies on an issue they actually CAN influence. Why is that a problem?

- Finally, it is apparent you disagree with their cause as a matter of substance. Yet your argument is limited to saying that their cause is “un-American” – a loaded term that left and right-wing politicians throw around to inflame an issue while evading a genuine merits discussion. As a former successful prosecutor, you are capable of more intellectually, and you should give your readers more.

Gretchen Hathaway

April 26th, 2011
9:39 am

You’re a moron. Watch Earthlings.com then get back to us.

StevenB

April 26th, 2011
10:57 pm

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Larry

April 27th, 2011
1:19 am

Here is a video on animal rights: http://meat.org

Mijnheer

April 27th, 2011
2:37 am

Why libertarians should support animal rights:
http://www.strike-the-root.com/4/graham/graham1.html

Dr_Barnes

April 27th, 2011
10:01 am

The article doesn’t talk about the inflexible attitudes of vegans who think everyone must eat as they eat. Well not everyone can get their protein from plants. In fact 2 out of every 5 adults become gluten sensitive as they age and cannot digest protein from plant material. With a diet devoid of animal fats, vegans seem unlikely candidates for heart disease. But new research suggests that people who eat only plant foods may lack nutrients vital for cardiovascular health. Vegan diets tend to be low in iron, zinc, vitamin B12 and omega-3 fatty acids, according to a review of dozens of published articles on the biochemistry of vegetarianism, published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. As a result, vegans tend to have high blood levels of homocysteine and low levels of HDL, or “good,” cholesterol. Both are risk factors for heart disease, notes the study’s lead author, Duo Li, a professor of nutrition at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China.Dr. Li found that vegans also have a high platelet volume, which is associated with heart attacks, and increased platelet aggregation – a clumping of platelets that can lead to blood clots. “From our study, I do not encourage people to be vegan,” he says.
The research compared data on vegan populations worldwide. Dr. Li found that many vegans, especially in Asian countries, are against taking supplements, often for religious reasons. “We’re trying to encourage vegans to balance their diets,” Dr. Li says, “and for vegan families, especially with infants, you definitely should take supplements” to compensate for nutrient deficiencies.

This article should note thatt meat protein is balanced with all essential nutrients and VB 12 whereas plants do not supply VB12 unless they are moldy or covered in bacteria that make VB12. Sea plants that might have a little B12 are not consistent nor are they regulated sources of B12. Vitamin B12, for instance, is only naturally-occurring in animal cells and yeast or mold cells. Since vegan sources of vitamin B12 are scarce, vegans must be vigilant about getting enough of this essential vitamin. This is an arduous task, made more difficult by the fact that some vegans altogether avoid yeast or bacterial products. These people must rely upon fortified foods and supplements. A popular argument against veganism is that heavy reliance upon artificial nutrient sources (vitamin pills, fortified foods, etc.) is an unhealthy practice. These people believe that nutrients should be delivered to the body in their natural packaging, which just isn’t feasible on a strict vegan diet. Several children from vegan parents in England and the US have died in the last five years due to the restricted diets and lack of proper nutrients. As for obesity that started when vegetable oils where introduced, before that we relied upon natural meat fats. Did you know that research shows that 75% of the plaque in your artery comes from vegetable oils, the other 25% comes from meat fat. Eating lean meat, chicken, eggs, fish etc. is considered a very healthy way to eat and is recommended for growing children and pregnant women. To go against biology is really very stupid. Eating a strict vegan diet without educating yourself can end in death.
As for having enough land to feed the world plants that is also bogus. We already farm all arable land. Grass fed meat is sustainable and good for human beings and the planet as the cows do not kill the plant and they give us a balanced diet that actually improves heart health if you don’t consume vegetable oils which are known to clog arteries. Plant foods, including seaweeds, do not provide adequate B12, according to Vesanto Melina, a registered dietitian in Langley, B.C., and co-author of Becoming Vegan. In fact, blue-green algae contains an analogue of B12 that interferes with B12 absorption, she says. “It can fool the body.” Dr. Jenkins, a vegan for many years, says he monitors various indicators in his blood “and when it dips low, I start taking supplements again. Can the whole world monitor their blood weekly to ensure they get enough nutrients? That’s an expensive proposition when all one has to do is eat lean meat three times a week. Yes, some people do over eat and we know the less food consumed the better, but limiting oneself to the least nutritious foods available is ignorance at its worst. Expensive organic food, blood tests, and processed vitamins is the world of the rich and not the world the majority of the people on this planet even know about. 12 million children die each year from lack of protein and these children have access to vegan only foods. This fad will fade as it has in the past because it is built upon a tissue of lies. Some people can eat a vegan diet but so many more cannot and growing children should never be on a vegan diet as it is so easy for them to become nutrient deprived. Infants especially since they require large amounts of dense nutrients to grow their brains and nervous system. They do not have an adult size stomach to consume the large amount of plant material needed to ensure they have the proper amount and balance of nutrients to grow properly. So many vegans and vegetarians have had to quit because of becoming ill on a vegan diet. Note that the animal rights people try to shut these people up at their own conference when several vegans tried to introduce the notion that some people might need to eat meat and should eat small amounts. These people were attacked by the animal rights brigade. I have seen nothing but hatred and violence from animal rights vegan pushers toward people who must eat meat or prefer to eat meat for their own health. The height of stupidity are those who try to force their cats and dogs to eat vegan only. That is animal abuse at its worst and that was started by HSUS who tries to make money off everything to do with animals. They claim the moral high ground when in fact the harvesting of plant crops also kills billions of nesting birds, small animals, and insects.
A pasture has a full balance ecosystem, whereas a plowed field for plant crops is barren land at every harvest and remains that way until new seeds are planted and then every possible tactic is tried to keep all species from eating the seeds or the plants. So when cows only graze off the tips of the grass and walk among the small animals slowly sharing natural fertilizer with its own food and the small animals and insects as well as its water which is the more natural system. As for stockyards that only comes for some during the last few weeks of their lives in small places across this country. Every portion of the cow is used but those billions of small animals are wasted in plant harvesting. Vegan and animal rights true believers are not very big on critical thinking they just latch onto the last fad line of the movement without checking the facts or doing any research. The vegan diet is the diet of the rich who have the money to buy expensive organic foods and processed nutrients and special foods not grown in this country but necessary to supply the nutrients found in meat. This diet is not practical nor is it useful and in time will be shown to be damaging to the body. Talk to any former vegan or vegetarian who went back to eating meat. It is clear its not practical for the population due to costs of supplements and the cost of testing to ensure you are getting the nutrients necessary. In fact most people cannot afford these supplements or the food products grown and shipped in from other countries. Thanks old man for standing up for common sense. By the way the symptoms of a lack of VB12 is overly emotional responses and irrational thinking. Think about it.

FreeSpeech

April 28th, 2011
6:41 am

Hmmm….I think this is the group that I read something about on http://www.activistcash.com Better do a little more research

FreeSpeech

April 28th, 2011
6:46 am

I believe Bryan Pease runs this group yet the article did not identify him. The other website does. Something smells VERY fishy here.