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Chicago alderman hopes to force vote to repeal foie-gras ban

There are 84 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from May 13, 2008, titled Chicago alderman hopes to force vote to repeal foie-gras ban. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Aldermen opposed to Chicago's controversial restaurant ban on foie gras said they will try to force a vote Wednesday to repeal the measure, which gained the City Council widespread notoriety since its approval ...

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Mike

Minooka, IL

#1 May 13, 2008
Amen, about time something was done about this nonsense. I don't like Foie Gras- wouldn't eat it- but I will be damned if some collection of mediocre, currupt alderman (looking at you Burke, Tillman, Moore etc) should decide what i can and can't eat.

Every pansy liberal cries about Bush as a threat to civil liberties- but the biggest threat to liberty are city council like Chicago's trying to justify their jobs by thinking they can write a law to solve whatever problem they perceive
Nancy B

Glendale Heights, IL

#2 May 13, 2008
I am all for the protection of animals, but i was quite surprised
when i heard that the city put a ban on foie -gras. i didn't think they even sold it in the USA, because of what they have to do get the stuffed liver. I know they have to force feed the duck or goose until its liver expands,at least its done that way in france.
Tricia

West Yarmouth, MA

#3 May 13, 2008
It's very sad and doesn't say much for people that they think so little of animal cruelty. Comparing outlawing cruelty to Bush's attacks on the Constitution is ridiculous.
Laura Beth

Warwick, MA

#4 May 14, 2008
The ban should stick. It's a grotesque "product," and the birds should never have been reduced to this vile and filthy practice. It just goes to prove that humans, given the right marketing , will eat anything, anyway, like carrion crows, bottom feeders.
Warehousing water birds indoors, force feeding them corn mash that starving kids might survive on, is an obscene waste of food, not to mention, perversly inhumane.... One look in a factory that makes this gruesome so called "delicacy," is enough to make any conscious person vomit.Tunney and his ilk are callous and have no place deciding matters of such cruelty. THey are only concerned with money. With SO many other healthier foods available, how dumb to make a stink about this awful product... LUNACY.
Aaron Slitt

Warwick, MA

#5 May 14, 2008
PLEASE stop calling it a "delicacy," as that perverts what it really is. If hepatic bird liver can be considered "culinary art," just because someone says so, and it has a sauce on it, perhaps cow manure can be saute'd and spiced and marketed to help get rid of the tens of billions of tons of it poisoning the air, water, land......
Tom

Chicago, IL

#6 May 14, 2008
Laura Beth wrote:
The ban should stick. It's a grotesque "product," and the birds should never have been reduced to this vile and filthy practice. It just goes to prove that humans, given the right marketing , will eat anything, anyway, like carrion crows, bottom feeders.
The best weird thing I ever ate was caribou fetus. Man you thought veal was tender and delicious, wait until you try that stuff, it's great!

I think that if you want to eat foie gras, you should have to produce and prepare it yourself. Same with all meats, if you can't kill it and skin it yourself, you can't eat it.
the dude

San Jose, CA

#7 May 14, 2008
Foie Gras isn't good for you but it does taste very good. Every culture has something that other cultures find to be disgusting. Those that are anti Foie Gras really need to get a life! If you don't like Foie Gras, don't eat it! Just like abortion......don't like, don't have one!!! Yes, I'm invoking that example because THIS is a situation where a group of people are unreasonable trying to impose their value system on someone else.
Rob S

La Grange, IL

#8 May 14, 2008
Gas is over $4.00/gallon, Chicago has the highest sales tax in the country, more and more elected official are being investigated, the Cook County Board is being run by greedy crooks, and we are worried about foie gras?
This is a classic examplke why the city/county is in dire straights. How many hours has the city council wasted in this debate. We are big boys and girls. We are old enough to decide what is or is not good for us. I do not need a city council to tell me that eating raw food is dangerous. I need a city council that puts this energy into inflation, crime etc.
I cannot remember the comedian that uses the line, why the f*&! is this news?, but this is a great eample. Why is this on the front page?
Paul

New York, NY

#9 May 14, 2008
Foie Gras is delicious. Time to join the rest of the world and get it back on our menus. If these animal rights nuts cared about humans as much as they do about birds, maybe we'd have our troops home right now.
Chef

United States

#10 May 14, 2008
Laura Beth wrote:
It just goes to prove that humans, given the right marketing , will eat anything, anyway, like carrion crows, bottom feeders.
So how about that Mcdonalds chicken for breakfast....mmmm. Lets talk about bottom feeders. At least foie gras isn't being jammed into kids heads by a clown.
Laura Beth wrote:
Warehousing water birds indoors, force feeding them corn mash that starving kids might survive on, is an obscene waste of food, not to mention, perversly inhumane.... One look in a factory that makes this gruesome so called "delicacy," is enough to make any conscious person vomit..
If you wanna use your energy to get all hot and bothered about what food is on the market and how it gets there, b*tch about something relevant.
Laura Beth wrote:
With SO many other healthier foods available, how dumb to make a stink about this awful product... LUNACY.
Almost anytthing on the market is awful today. If anything, net caught shrimp should be outlawed. For every pound of shrimp pulled in, FIVE pounds of bycatch is also pulled in only to be dumped back into the water lifeless. Go whine about Applebees or Chilies. There's your issue.
sowhat

Chicago, IL

#11 May 14, 2008
The real farce is that Health Dept. resources are being used to enforce the ban. The rationale was NOT the health of the human consumer, but of the late goose or duck. Did someone get a disease eating the Joe Moore?
schmoe

Chicago, IL

#12 May 14, 2008
"Tunney is a strong ally of Mayor Richard M Daley" Wow, great company you're keeping there Tom. Richard M Daley is the second most corrupt elected official I have ever seen - after his fathere the first. Selling the integrity of the 44th Ward to the restaurant lobby, SWEET!! you're learning from your cohort the mayor quickly!
Michael

United States

#13 May 14, 2008
schmoe wrote:
"Tunney is a strong ally of Mayor Richard M Daley" Wow, great company you're keeping there Tom. Richard M Daley is the second most corrupt elected official I have ever seen - after his fathere the first. Selling the integrity of the 44th Ward to the restaurant lobby, SWEET!! you're learning from your cohort the mayor quickly!
This is Chicago. I would be a little upset if we didn't have a good corrupt mayor. He's doing an acceptable job.
Taft

West Chicago, IL

#14 May 14, 2008
'Bout time.

This ban was written by animal rights extremists and forwarded by the most out of touch Alderman in the city. There was no credible science behind the ban and little public discussion before it was voted on.

In total, the law was a mockery of city politics pandering to outside groups with little relevance to our city. It was trash.

This law needs to be repealed. Read the truth about foie gras, from the American Veterinary Medical Association: http://www.avma.org/onlnews/javma/sep05/05090...

Taft
Pete

Chicago, IL

#15 May 14, 2008
The worthless Chicago aldermen could care less that people are getting gunned down on the south and west sides. But they have an enormous amount of time to spend saving the fatty geese!

Since: Jan 08

United States

#16 May 14, 2008
"Just because you might not like some food, you don't ban it," Durand said. "It was not legitimate, it was not right. As chefs we do cuisine, not politics."

It's not about not liking a food. It's about the fact that creating the "delicacy" involves torturing an animal. I'm against torture of animals when it's for something as stupid as food. Go eat other "delicacies" that don't involve hurting animals.

I'm a vegetarian myself, but I don't walk around saying, "Oh, you shouldn't eat meat!" to everyone I see who's eating a burger, etc. My problem with eating meat is the condition that animals are kept in so often in order to give people a tasty meal.
Amber

Los Angeles, CA

#17 May 14, 2008
"the mayor dismissed the ban as "the silliest law the City Council has ever passed," and warned that it could stifle economic development in the city."

Sorry Mr. Mayor. The rising and ever oppressive sales and real estate taxes that you support are the greatest impediment to economic development in the city.
silly goose

San Jose, CA

#18 May 14, 2008
Give me that tube! I can't get enough! Why should couch spud humans get all the fun? When is enough fatty food enough? Enough is NEVER enough!!!
Dale

Chicago, IL

#19 May 14, 2008
Tricia wrote:
It's very sad and doesn't say much for people that they think so little of animal cruelty. Comparing outlawing cruelty to Bush's attacks on the Constitution is ridiculous.
I think that it time for the good people of MA to mind their own business. We won't come there and tell you what you can and can not eat, and you will do the same. Just keep your nose in your own neighborhood before I have Ted Kennedy come and drive you to a restaurant of MY choice.
Joey

United States

#20 May 14, 2008
Unless these supporting aldermen are vegans, they are all hypocrites!!!

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