BREAKING NEWS: Foie Gras Voted Back On Chicago Menus

Full story: NBC 5 Chicago

Ducks and geese may want to start hiding from voracious Chicago consumers. The Chicago City Council repealed its ban on foie gras in a meeting at City Hall Wednesday.
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BannedOnTheRun

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May 14, 2008
 
I propose a ban on bans.
Allison

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May 14, 2008
 
Can our Aldermen and Alderwomen please stop trying to run our lives?!

I don't care for how Foie Gras is "created" now that I 've seen the video. HOWEVER, it is NOT for the City Council to decide for ME if I should eat it or not. That is MY CHOICE, my Decision to make.
Yolanda

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May 14, 2008
 
Breaking News???? Really????
Think About it

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May 14, 2008
 
Yolanda wrote:
Breaking News???? Really????
No kidding. did anyone care about it when it was banned in the first place? I know I didn't.
Harmony

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May 14, 2008
 
I'm glad I don't live in Chicago because I certainly wouldn't re-elect those people who believed that banning foie gras was a silly law. How about we stick a tube down their throats and force feed them until their organs expand to 10 times their normal size.
MLM

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May 14, 2008
 
I agree with Harmony, and say it espeically to the "my choice" poster. How would you like to have a tube down your throat and be forced fed until you can't even stand anymore? Why don't people get out of the dark ages and stop condoning animal cruelty? Why are they so uncaring about anything that isn't human? I'm not an extremist but I don't think food production needs to involve inhumane practices. Chicago should have been applauded for being willing to take a stand, and the councilmen should be thrown out for refusing to support that stand. It's time to wake up and stop being so species-centric and be willing to take a stand for animal welfare. Veal is another thing that needs to be tackled; I'd like to see the veal eaters chained in wooden crates and not given proper food so they become anemic.
MLM

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May 14, 2008
 
I couldn't edit the last post but I think the real best way to stop the practice is don't buy the product, hit 'em in the pocketbooks. If people come to their senses and stop buying from the restraunts, they'll find it unprofitable and stop serving it without a ban.
Marc

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May 14, 2008
 
Personally, I think it is pretty cruel what they do to animals to produce foie gras. That said, the way we produce most meat, include veal, is pretty cruel.

I don't think it should be government's responsibility to determine what type of food is allowed to be served to patrons. It is a legitimate responsibility to monitor the production such that knowingly harmful problems (e.g. e-coli and salmonella) avoid the food and water sources.

If they want to intervene on foie gras, it should be by outlawing production based on the process used.

People should also "vote with their pocketbooks" by simply not buying foie gras. Or peacefully picket restaurants that serve it.

All in all, it seems like a waste of time that our alderman are spending time debating something like this when homelessness, education, and joblessness seem to be more pressing issues that affect our community.
Rita Carlson

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May 14, 2008
 
Shame on the Chicago City Counsel for going back on its ban. It is time for the news people to show footage again and again of the cruel and inhumane treatment of these birds. How would those that perform the ugly task on the birds and the people who actually eat Foie Gras like it if a tube was stuck down their throats and force fed with their livers ready to exblode like it? It appears that greed once again has won.
Rita Carlson

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May 14, 2008
 
Shame on the Chicago City Counsel for going back on its ban. It is time for the news people to show footage again and again of the cruel and inhumane treatment of these birds. How would those that perform the ugly task on the birds and the people who actually eat Foie Gras like it if a tube was stuck down their throats and force fed?(ever have the experience of a NG tube?) It appears that greed once again has won.
Henry Bowman

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May 14, 2008
 
Smoke & mirrors from the aldercreatures. Much to do about nothing. It just makes the citizenry argue about nonsense. Oh and I don't like it or eat it either.
JEFF

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May 14, 2008
 
Hooray! A win against the Nanny State! Just goes to show politicians will do anything to stay in office. Anyone that doesn't think politicians are the scum of the Earth should have their heads examined!
Patrick

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May 14, 2008
 
I've never had foie gras, and really have no interest in trying it. I do however have an interest in the government getting involved in something that it really had no business getting involved in.

Have any of you seen videos of slaughter houses? It's disgusting, truly disgusting. Blood and guts everywhere. The animals that are slaughtered though, have poor lives too. Chickens tend to be packed into almost warehouse like structures, with little or no room to even move, until they get to the slaughterhouse.

If the city counsel feels so compelled to ban goose liver because of the way that the animals are treated, then they should have banned all meat being sold in the city as well due to the above stated reasons.

Therein laid the problem that I had with this ban. Not only were they involving themselves in something that it could be argued they shouldn't have even been involved in, but it was being applied inconsistently.

Boiling it down though, I just felt that the city was out of bounds on this one.
paf

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May 14, 2008
 
MLM wrote:
I couldn't edit the last post but I think the real best way to stop the practice is don't buy the product, hit 'em in the pocketbooks. If people come to their senses and stop buying from the restraunts, they'll find it unprofitable and stop serving it without a ban.
You are absolutely right--YOU DON'T HAVE TO ORDER IT OR EAT IT. However, you don't have the right (nor does the city council) to tell people what they can/can't eat.
This still isn't a big brother society. I have seen the videos of what they do to the geese to make foie gras. Since I have seen them, I CHOOSE not to order and eat it. However, I don't want city officials telling me what I can and can not eat in a restaurant. For being one of the best American cities for food, we were a national laughing stock because of this. Mayor Daley was absolutely correct.
paf

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May 14, 2008
 
Rita Carlson wrote:
Shame on the Chicago City Counsel for going back on its ban. It is time for the news people to show footage again and again of the cruel and inhumane treatment of these birds. How would those that perform the ugly task on the birds and the people who actually eat Foie Gras like it if a tube was stuck down their throats and force fed with their livers ready to exblode like it? It appears that greed once again has won.
Do you eat meat? Watching (or even knowing) how animals are raised and slaughtered before hitting the grocery store would turn most people vegetarian. However, I'm not telling my city officials to show slaughter house videos over and over to get people off of meat. This is a personal CHOICE. People can eat whatever and however they choose.
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May 14, 2008
 
City of Chicago busy at work.

LMAO!!
curiousdude

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#19
May 15, 2008
 
Revolting. Animal abuse runs rampant. And our government decides to promote it. Isn't that just great? Not!

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