From a delicacy, a delicate situation

From a delicacy, a delicate situation

There are 184 comments on the Baltimore Sun story from Jan 28, 2008, titled From a delicacy, a delicate situation. In it, Baltimore Sun reports that:

The seared something balances atop a scallop, the quintessence of culinary refinement and elegant dining - and the cause of so much trouble.

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fara w

Bloomington, IN

#1 Jan 28, 2008
Accusatory. Grisly. Provoked. Shame. Annoy. Threaten Haunted.... The language does not give activists or restaurateurs and foodies enough credit.
Most people who walk into Salt have said they agree. Foie gras is disgusting and they're not going to order it. And we repeat as we have many times it's for the animals, for our health, and for the environment. On the national forefront, Wolfgang Puck, an internationally renowned chef, not only stopped serving foie gras but also changed many of his practices to reflect his increasing awareness and his moral fortitude. Locally, Ten-oh-six chef and owner took foie gras off the menu after seeing a DVD before the protests in Baltimore even started. Several other local restaurants followed suit after talking to activists.

Look at the number of European countries that ban the sale of foie gras calling its production inhumane and abusive.

The argument about healthy and happy ducks and geese reminds me of the ludicrous claims of happy slaves or happy prisoners in concentration camps.

Check out stopforcefeeding or donoteathere and learn more. Read about the suffering of the animals and Hudson Valley's environmental atrocities. Then make an informed decision.

A grisly protester
Fara W
Baltimore
MDR

Elkton, MD

#2 Jan 28, 2008
These people need to get a grip on reality. Foie gras is not really high on the list of pressing world issues; besides it tastes great. I'm surprised that the Sun wasted ink on giving a disproportional voice to the three (3, count 'em) "protestors". Then again, the Sun in recent years has attempted to make the voices of exceeding small minorities appear much larger than warranted. Sad on both parts.......
Robby

Arlington, VA

#3 Jan 28, 2008
Visit the Hudson Valley Foie Gras farm with celebrity chef/author Anthony Bourdain (from his Holiday Special):
. I've personally spoken with foie gras producers in Bordeaux, France. They do not hesitate to show me pictures of their operation. Although not a vegan or vegetarian, I consider myself a compassionate person, and I found no evidence of cruelty from the production of foie gras. The protests are misdirected. The protesters ought to get their information first hand, not from an extremist newsletter. Why not focus on the mass production beef or chicken operations? Those are truly inhumane. Better yet, why not devote your energy for better treatment of human beings ...?
Jean

Silver Spring, MD

#4 Jan 28, 2008
How could stuffing a tube down a bird's throat to force-feed it for someone else's pleasure not be cruel? Would you do it to your dog, to your child for your pleasure?
Jean

Silver Spring, MD

#5 Jan 28, 2008
How could putting a tube down a bird's throat to force feed him/her for your pleasure not be cruel? Would you do it to your dog, your child, for your pleasure?
Greg

Mahwah, NJ

#6 Jan 28, 2008
These protesters are nuts, like their brethren at PETA. I order foie gras every chance I get and will continue to do so. Top of the food chain, baby!!
Michael Vick

Washington, DC

#7 Jan 28, 2008
Robby wrote:
Visit the Hudson Valley Foie Gras farm with celebrity chef/author Anthony Bourdain (from his Holiday Special): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v =ABeWlY0KFv8XX . I've personally spoken with foie gras producers in Bordeaux, France. They do not hesitate to show me pictures of their operation. Although not a vegan or vegetarian, I consider myself a compassionate person, and I found no evidence of cruelty from the production of foie gras. The protests are misdirected. The protesters ought to get their information first hand, not from an extremist newsletter. Why not focus on the mass production beef or chicken operations? Those are truly inhumane. Better yet, why not devote your energy for better treatment of human beings ...?
I agree with putting humans first. Some of my dogs are in sunny California while I'm freezing my butt off in Kansas.
WHAT A BUNCH OF

Columbia, MD

#8 Jan 28, 2008
If these people spent half the time & energy on caring for abused or starving children what a beautiful world this might be. Let's feed the foie gras to the hungry kids!
Ken 55

United States

#9 Jan 28, 2008
I have never had foi whatever before but i am going out tonight for a supersized portion thanks to these nuts. I will be the one at the window seat laughing. I will also be eating a side of bunny rabbit, and a delicious veal parm. entree.
Kathy

Baltimore, MD

#10 Jan 28, 2008
Protesters pick on foie gras because it's easy to pick on. Why not attack the fast food industry which needs millions of cattle to feed its hungry patrons? These cattle who pollute the environment? And the resulting hamburgers which each contain the meat of several animals?

Because you can't beat them, that's why you don't try. But the three or four farms that raise foie for their livelihood - they're easy to crush, so that's why you do it. So you can claim that small victory and feel smug about it.
disgusted

Lancaster, PA

#11 Jan 28, 2008
i completely agree with the person *fara* in woodbridge VA....and heres an actual link to show what places have banned this.....

http://www.nofoiegras.org/FGlaws.htm
Suzanne

United States

#12 Jan 28, 2008
It is truly sad that people are trying to cram their opinions down other peoples throat. If people want to truly change the world, start with the treatment of Human beings. Many women are mutilated in ritualistic ceremonies throughout the world. But then again, animal rights activists aren't concerned about that. They just want us to stop eating meat and wearing amimal skins. I wear lots of leather and also own fur coats and accessories. Let them come after me and destroy my clothing. Assault and destruction of property would be a nice suit to persue, especially since they are taking my fist amendment right to the pursuit of happiness away.
And what's more; I do believe that they have a right to peaceful assembly. But, they need a permit to do so. It is nice to see people passionate about something; lets see them get passionate about the treatment of Human Beings!
Amanda

Ellicott City, MD

#15 Jan 28, 2008
This IS CRUEL. How selfish do people need to be towards animals? Why would you eat something that is causing a living creature pain? People need some empathy training.
Amanda

Ellicott City, MD

#16 Jan 28, 2008
WHAT A BUNCH OF wrote:
If these people spent half the time & energy on caring for abused or starving children what a beautiful world this might be. Let's feed the foie gras to the hungry kids!
What are you talking? Animals have feelings and need someone to take a stand for them. Just because you are a self centered person doesnt mean that everyone has to be.
Reader

Brooklyn, NY

#18 Jan 28, 2008
What's next? Will you attack me for wearing leather shoes or a coat? Or synthetic materials produced in a factory built in a former forest, where many animals have had their habitats destroyed?

If I wear a vintage coat with a fur collar, is that evil?

Should we all become vegans like the protesters? What would they protest then?

Why does a duck deserve more compassion than a crab or a lobster in their view? While no one likes intentional cruelty, there are people in the real world who think it's okay to eat animals.

It's easy to be indignant. It's hard to persuade people with logic.
JRA

Baltimore, MD

#19 Jan 28, 2008
Why not spend your time protesting companies that fit more chickens into cages by cutting off their beaks or don't do things humanely. Foie gras is such a small part of the food market. These people are idiots.
Tom

Holland, MI

#20 Jan 28, 2008
Foie gras doesn't appeal to me in the least. But I'll certainly be making dinner reservations at Salt and Kali's Court this week, if only to support those who are being assaulted by these myopic, crass protesters.
kmm

San Jose, CA

#21 Jan 28, 2008
Seriously, these people protesting need to find something better to do with their time than try and push their beliefs on others.
Can't they spend their time at least protesting something a little more worthwhile?
What losers.

Signed,
A Red Meat Lover
Chazz

Baltimore, MD

#22 Jan 28, 2008
Baltimore is lucky to have such a great restaurant as Salt. If I was dining there (a rare treat) and had my meal interrupted by these d-bags, I would step outside, force-feed them their own megaphone and then return to order seconds of sliders and fries.

If these idiots want to be vegans, have at it, but don't try to force your sad lifestyle on others! Start your own dang restaurant & see if anyone besides fellow sob-sisters come to eat the bland, tasteless food you feel compelled to eat due to your own poorly examined psychological issues.

BARC, by the way, are the same ninnies who would also like to outlaw any medical benefit from animal research. They even have done militant protests of Baltimore biotech companies who help LESSEN the incidence of animal testing!

I would like to see them in need of life-saving medical treatment and be offered only "vegan-friendly" medicines!

There are surely more productive protests that both foodies and these freaks can agree upon as others have mentioned.

Go to the Eastern Shore and see a cruel reality that is much more prevalent than foie gras -- factory farm trucks full of cramped chickens in tiny metal jail cells -- that's something we can all agree should be changed.
MCG

United States

#23 Jan 28, 2008
Come on, Sun, can you please block the IP addresses of racists such as "Shamika P. Housing"?

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