Is furor over foie gras compassion or...

Is furor over foie gras compassion or folly?

There are 39 comments on the Baltimore Sun story from Jan 31, 2008, titled Is furor over foie gras compassion or folly?. In it, Baltimore Sun reports that:

Kudos to the Baltimore Animal Rights Coalition for exposing the hidden cruelties behind foie gras production .

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Carolyn Kilborn

Annapolis, MD

#1 Jan 31, 2008
Human arrogance says only human pain matters --- ignore the rest. But the generous soul knows that all pain and all suffering matters, and that humans have a responsibility to alleviate the suffering of creatures that cannot help themselves.

Animal rights - and in this case, the work to end the force feeding of ducks - is a social justice movement in the tradition of civil rights and women's rights. I heartedly support the work of the Baltimore Animal Rights Coalition. Foie gras has no place in a civilized society.

Carolyn Kilborn, Annapolis, MD
Vlad

Bethesda, MD

#2 Jan 31, 2008
Yes, people are dying in the world, and mostly because the grains and other crops that could feed them are fed to animal stock, and those who eat the animals suffer from cancer, heart disease, diabetes, as well as fall victims to mad cow disease and bird flu. Anyone who really cares about starving and dying people would not support animal agriculture in any way shape or form.

Regarding Foie Gras, so far it is the cruelest practice to which animals are subjected, that is why it is so important to stop this particular practice first before moving to the next most cruel one.
Mona

Washington, DC

#3 Jan 31, 2008
Carolyn Kilborn wrote:
Human arrogance says only human pain matters --- ignore the rest. But the generous soul knows that all pain and all suffering matters, and that humans have a responsibility to alleviate the suffering of creatures that cannot help themselves.
Animal rights - and in this case, the work to end the force feeding of ducks - is a social justice movement in the tradition of civil rights and women's rights. I heartedly support the work of the Baltimore Animal Rights Coalition. Foie gras has no place in a civilized society.
Carolyn Kilborn, Annapolis, MD
Thank you. And I completely agree with you.
Ladybug

Portsmouth, NH

#4 Jan 31, 2008
Thank you so much for showing your support for these beautiful birds. Newpapers have every right to run an article about animal abuse and to the people that care enough to take time out of their busy lives to stand up and be a voice for them! It's called awareness and I don't understand why people think time and space is being wasted or that humans are suffering more and what are we doing about that. Well, what are you people doing about the abuse then, huh? Each of us has a role in doing what we can to help all living creatures, we owe it to ourselves, each other and the environment. It's attitudes such as theirs that will have detrimental results on all of us! So Naysayers, go outside and pick up some trash, do something!
Douger

United States

#5 Jan 31, 2008
"People are dying out there in the world. Why not spend some of your apparently boundless energy working to improve the lives of humans rather than fighting fatty goose liver?"

These people have their priorities. Humans ain't one of them.
J Gold

Woodbridge, VA

#6 Jan 31, 2008
Wow... I'm going to force feed myself on foie gras to be one with the geese. This is too funny, it's a freakin bird people!!! Nothing anyone can say can make me care about these birds. I do care about the almost 300 people murdered in Baltimore last year yet no one seems to bat an eye. The majority of the victims were black, imagine if they were white what would happen. You guys really care more about the way birds are fed than young black men being slaughtered in our streets? You can't get more racist than putting birds above blacks.
Bernie

Washington, DC

#7 Jan 31, 2008
J Gold wrote:
Wow... I'm going to force feed myself on foie gras to be one with the geese. This is too funny, it's a freakin bird people!!! Nothing anyone can say can make me care about these birds. I do care about the almost 300 people murdered in Baltimore last year yet no one seems to bat an eye. The majority of the victims were black, imagine if they were white what would happen. You guys really care more about the way birds are fed than young black men being slaughtered in our streets? You can't get more racist than putting birds above blacks.
What you seem to ignore is that the majority of the killers were black, too.
Gail Koch

Washington, DC

#8 Jan 31, 2008
To the letter writers who feel that geese being stuffed to produce foie gras is inconsequential, please know that there are many people who don't agree. And, guess what, we can also care about and work toward improving the lives of humans at the same time! Hopefully, these critics spend some of their time and energy trying to improve things in the world as they suggest we do, instead of finding fault with people who care about animals. The practice is cruel, inhumane and totally unnecessary.
Bernie

Washington, DC

#10 Jan 31, 2008
J Gold wrote:
Wow... I'm going to force feed myself on foie gras to be one with the geese. This is too funny, it's a freakin bird people!!! Nothing anyone can say can make me care about these birds. I do care about the almost 300 people murdered in Baltimore last year yet no one seems to bat an eye. The majority of the victims were black, imagine if they were white what would happen. You guys really care more about the way birds are fed than young black men being slaughtered in our streets? You can't get more racist than putting birds above blacks.
And feel free to get involved with this gangsta culture, I rather rescue some deserving geese.
Support Animals

Elkridge, MD

#11 Jan 31, 2008
Douger wrote:
"People are dying out there in the world. Why not spend some of your apparently boundless energy working to improve the lives of humans rather than fighting fatty goose liver?"
These people have their priorities. Humans ain't one of them.
The people like you Douger are the ones who are cruel to animals. You probably don't do anything for the human race. I would save an animal over your life anytime.
Tracy H

United States

#12 Jan 31, 2008
I'd like to know what the last two letter-writers are doing to help their world. Also, to the last writer, if people have compassion for animals, they most likely will also have compassion for children.
For the first two writers, thank you for your work!
Goose Honkey

Towson, MD

#13 Jan 31, 2008
A-F-L-A-C!!!!!!!!
In The Ville

Owings Mills, MD

#14 Jan 31, 2008
Will one of you bleeding-heart socialist mamby-pamby animal lovers please grab a dictionary and look up the definition of inhumane?

Will you not be satisfied until the government oversees every aspect of your life?

Go live in China, you would feel right at home there.
harry poutso

Manchester, MD

#15 Jan 31, 2008
foie gras is yummy
MEANT TO EAT CRITTERS

Sterling, VA

#16 Jan 31, 2008
Some of these folks need to spend a little time at the slaughter house. Hundreds of thousands of animals are killed, gutted, sliced, ground, diced and packaged to make up the yummy chicken breast patties, hamburgers, steaks, head cheese, and pig skin we love so much. Oh, and don't forget the numerous things we manage to do with the nonedible parts such as the leather, feathers, bone, etc. These people get upset over a cow that has to stay outside on a cold winter day. They want to give it a heated stall with hot and cold running water.
David

United States

#17 Jan 31, 2008
J Gold wrote:
Wow... I'm going to force feed myself on foie gras to be one with the geese. This is too funny, it's a freakin bird people!!! Nothing anyone can say can make me care about these birds. I do care about the almost 300 people murdered in Baltimore last year yet no one seems to bat an eye. The majority of the victims were black, imagine if they were white what would happen. You guys really care more about the way birds are fed than young black men being slaughtered in our streets? You can't get more racist than putting birds above blacks.
You care about the almost three hundred dead drug dealers? What a loss! If they were white so what! I guess someone would have to bury three hundred dead white drug dealers. What do you suggest everyone do to stop the murders? I know first hand that the police department has been trying to figure this out for the last thirty years. Guess what? Nothing has changed.
Kelly Larry

Bunker Hill, WV

#18 Jan 31, 2008
Why not rescue homeless animals freezing on the streets of Baltimore- or fight the pit bull rings in the inner city- or go to a hospital and hold a premature baby. Don't brag about shooting up the glass door of a restaurant- & then threaten that you will not be stopped. Get a life!
Kelly Larry

Bunker Hill, WV

#19 Jan 31, 2008
These uneducated protesters don't realize that geese do not have the same anatomy as humans. They have straight food tubes & no gag reflex. It's probably not the slightest bit uncomfortable. I also applaud Salt Tavern for refusing to remove it, & I am sad so many restaurants have given in. Salt Tavern did a foie gras dinner tonite. I think that's awesome!
Baby W Bathwater

Clark, NJ

#20 Feb 1, 2008
By the rationale of the first poster, perhaps human fetuses should also be protected from pain and suffering even if they are not acknowledged to be people. Oops! That would be inconvenient. Back to protesting foie gras.
GGG

Forest Hill, MD

#21 Feb 1, 2008
Douger wrote:
"People are dying out there in the world. Why not spend some of your apparently boundless energy working to improve the lives of humans rather than fighting fatty goose liver?"
These people have their priorities. Humans ain't one of them.
I don't understand. Does it have to one versus the other? I don't know about you, Douger, but I have enough compassion for both humans and animals.

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