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It Takes a Small Heart to Eat a Fat Liver

Written by Michelle Kretzer | July 11, 2012

It’s barely been a week since California’s foie gras ban took effect, and already a few greedy restauranteurs have their magnifying glasses out, searching for loopholes that might allow them to serve the delicacy of despair. But compassionate people aren’t letting the cruel gluttons get away with it.


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One San Francisco restaurant, Presidio Social Club, located in the Presidio National Park, sent out an announcement that flies in the face of the ban:

As a result of being on federal land, the Presidio Social Club (PSC) is exempt from the state-wide ban on heavenly Foie Gras. Therefore, PSC will be celebrating two important independences this July: Bastille Day for the French, and the freedom to enjoy Foie Gras for Californians.

The restaurant’s rationale is questionable at best, and the executive director of the park’s trust properly tweeted his intent to challenge it:

We are concerned that this action is inconsistent with the values that we promote in the Presidio—sustainability, respect for our environment, responsible stewardship. We will engage with the Presidio Social Club on these concerns.

And while other restaurants invent their own ludicrous loopholes or simply continue to unapologetically dish up the diseased livers of force-fed ducks and geese, animal advocates aren’t going to let that slide. As PETA Associate Director of Campaigns Lindsay Rajt told one news outlet, “It’s upsetting to see businesses trying to exploit loopholes, and you can bet that protesters will be picketing and showing footage outside their doors.”

One thing is clear: the legislature and the public has spoken and that it’s time for goose abuse to be off the menu.

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  • Greg says:

    Thank you all for your comments, and for participating in this blog. Let’s put it this way, no one that knows me would ever believe that I was on a PETA site, nor would they believe that I am commenting on a PETA blog! That being said, I want to say that I was a new FORMER Foie eater. My wife and I are very much foodies, and Foie was something that we both enjoyed quite a bit. We’ve had it all over the world, and enjoyed it very much. Recently, I was commenting to a friend, we’ll call her Angela, who reacted unusually to my love of this delicacy. She responded that it was “cruel” and “inhumane.” Normally, I would have written it off as typical liberal BS, but I know this individual. I know that she doesn’t have an agenda. She inspired me to take a look, and I was shocked at what I found. I have been doing quite a bit of reading for the last week or so, and examined the issue assuming the various viewpoints. This website was very helpful in giving me the data needed to make my decision. I honestly can say, that I had no idea. While I am a carnivore, there is no excuse for such inhumane treatment, despite how it may taste. The only reason that people do such things, is because people like me would spend a lot of money to eat this “delicacy.” After reading what I have been reading, I simply just cannot do it anymore. Being the capitalist I am, I see that the solution is the free market. While we don’t have to attack Foie farms, we simply can chose not to buy it. Without demand for food that was prepared ethically, such supply will not be produced. As most businesses, they will follow the money if they want to survive. We have a lot of power in what we chose to buy. I have been a part of the problem for a long time. For what it is worth… I am sorry. I really had no idea that my entree choice was contributing and forwarding such unethical behavior. Believe it or not, I am a good person- at least I think I am. I am proof that people can change when their awareness is raised. The more I’ve looked into this issue, I have found that this is not an issue of politics or business, but one of basic decency. We have an obligation to humanly care for those things that we have dominion over, and don’t have a voice to speak for themselves. There is no reason to cause suffering or pain, even if we chose to celebrate the animal at the dinner table. Thank you all for taking a stand on this issue. Most people are good people. Like me, I think a lot of people just don’t know. Thank you Angela. You didn’t just help me change my mind, but helped me become a better person. :)

  • Barb Falls says:

    These so called human beings have no morals respect or compassion for any life. Shame on them and go Vegetarian.

  • GraceAnn Walden says:

    I am a food writer, who visited a foie farm in 1991. After seeing the torture, I never ate foie again. I have been posting on Facebook the facts on how many countries have banned it, etc. On Fb people for it have gotten pretty insulting, but I stuck to my “guns.” Saturday, I will go to my first demo at the Presidio Social Club. Today, I’m calling Mtview health dept. and police about TJ’s restaurant serving foie gras. I urge others to do the same.

  • Tahler says:

    FOX Business Network is reporting that Cafe Mimosa in San Clemte is also ignoring the ban.They need.to be fined!

  • Christie says:

    I wouldn’t eat your liver!You probaly don’t want to eat my liver, leave other’s livers to themselves, we all need our own livers!

  • Ellen Edwards - Thrasher says:

    Remember that supply and demand rules what people eat. If people don’t demand to buy it and eat it, then the supply will end.

  • Techmonster says:

    Congratulations, PSC, on clearly tipping your hand and demonstrating your complete lack of morals, ethics, decency and humanity. Presidio Social Club now sets the standard for pure, unadulterated avarice as well as cultural and social worthlessness. Let us all hope that this ridiculous loophole gets legally slammed shut as soon as possible. In the mean time, PSC, the people WILL be forming a no-holds-barred educational gauntlet in front of your club through which all patrons will need to pass.

  • Elsie Au says:

    Disgusting human. Anyone with only an ounce of moral will see right away that this is cruel and wrong.

  • Irene Leggett says:

    Well its obvious to all concerned, that these businesses put profit, greed and total lack of integrity at the top of their list. They obviously do NOT care about animal welfare and are seen to completely ignore the law. Lets hope everyone boycott these establishments, after all, who seriously would want to pay for, and eat, a DISEASED lump of fatty offal???

  • Eileen says:

    Shame on you Presidio Social Club.

  • sagey says:

    how disgusting and so inhumane to use anything they can to continue this barbaric practice.

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