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Bea Arthur Fights Foie Gras

Written by PETA | July 28, 2007

I just love Bea Arthur. She has been speaking up for animals for years, most recently narrating this moving KFC video and helping with our Petsmart campaign. Now she is turning up the heat on Beverly Hills restaurant Matsuhisa—where she has been a loyal customer since it opened in 1987—for serving cruel foie gras. Check out her letter below.

Nobuyuki Matsuhisa, Owner
Matsuhisa Restaurant
129 N. La Cienega Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

Dear Nobu,

I have been a loyal fan of Matsuhisa since its opening in 1987 and have dined there nearly every week after. I have always loved the food, the décor, and the staff. That’s why I was so dismayed when I recently learned that foie gras is available in the restaurant’s side room. I cannot, in good conscience, continue dining at your restaurant as long as foie gras is offered.

The cruelty of the foie gras industry is staggering. The only way to produce foie gras is by ramming pipes down the throats of ducks and geese and force-feeding them until their livers become painfully diseased. These poor birds are pumped so full of grain and fat that their livers swell to up to 10 times the normal size. Then the animals are killed, and their diseased livers are sold as foie gras.

The world is speaking out against the cruelty inherent in foie gras production. Chicago enacted a ban on the sale of foie gras last year, and Wolfgang Puck recently dropped this cruel “delicacy” from his menu. As you know, in 2012, California will join 15 countries, including Israel, Germany, Switzerland, and the U.K., in banning the production of foie gras—and will join Chicago in banning its sale. I am an avid supporter of this cause, and I lobbied for the foie gras ban in Sacramento. It would be both savvy and compassionate of you to remove foie gras from Matsuhisa’s menu before the ban takes effect in 2012.

I am enclosing a copy of a video, narrated by Sir Roger Moore, depicting the horrific abuse of animals on foie gras farms. I hope that you will watch it and make the compassionate decision to remove foie gras from your menu. Only once I know that Matsuhisa stands firmly against cruelty to animals will I be able to return to my favorite restaurant.

Please contact me via Lisa Lange at PETA.

Yours truly,

Bea Arthur

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  • blake robinson says:

    I am grateful for your influence on my being my mother always made sure I saw your show regargless I love you and thankful for you just being you Blake Robinson

  • Celeste Chua says:

    may you help me to get in touch with Nobu himself? or if u could get an appointment to meet him? either beverly hill or San diego in October 2007

  • VestaGirl says:

    Brava Bea Arthur Brava! Thank you for speaking up for birds who are far too often overlooked. One person one restaurant at a time! Each one is a victory! Thank you so much.

  • amanda says:

    Go Bea Arthur! I wish she was my grandma. I’m glad she’s making people aware of this industry.

  • Pamela Locke says:

    Bea Arthur is wonderful to be whistleblower to that restaurant. Foie Gras is a devastating experience for the bird. How can anyone who is human possibly eat the by products of such cruelty.

  • AnimalLib says:

    You know who’s even hotter than Bea Arthur? Betty White!

  • Brianna Fritchey says:

    What a wonderfully thoughtout letter. I’ll be praying for a good outcome.

  • Michael says:

    Love you Bea. You’re a great example of a person converting their compassion into action. Small victories will win the war.

  • Canaduck says:

    Bea Arthur rocks.

  • Ariel says:

    I can imagine it already. Once the antiactivists read Bea Arthur’s letter and that Sir Roger Moore narrated a video about the animals concerning foie gras the anti’s first comments will be “they need to get a life.” uh yeah ok anti’s…what ever you say…DUHHHH!!! The next comments will be that both Bea and Roger are ruining Nobu’s business and that they are racists. Oh what the heck anti’s nothing wrong with eating a diseased liver according to your standards is there??? Enjoy it!

  • TeresaK says:

    It looks as though Matsuhisa is updating their menu. httpwww.nobumatsuhisa.comflashfoodfood.html Perhaps they will take this terrible dish off of the plates of their customers.

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