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San Francisco Mayor’s Restaurants Stop Selling Foie Gras

Written by PETA | April 6, 2009
spokane / CC

Tony Kushner, in his astonishing two-part play, Angels in America, describes San Francisco as “unspeakably beautiful.” Foie gras, on the other hand, is unspeakably horrible. So something seemed amiss when we heard that foie gras was still being sold at a Bay Area café chain called PlumpJack (named after another theatrical figure, Shakespeare’s Falstaff), founded and co-owned by San Fran Mayor Gavin Newsom.

As you might expect, we got in touch with Newsom’s office to say that we’d been hearing from concerned folks. We let Hizzoner know that we were sure that once the issue was brought to his attention, he would want to make sure that PlumpJack pulls the foie gras—especially in light of the impending statewide ban and the San Francisco Board of Supervisors’ resolution supporting restaurants that shun foie gras.

Long story short, we got a quick call back from Newsom’s sister—herself a vegetarian—assuring us that they’ve pulled foie gras from all their restaurants. Apparently, it was supposed to have been phased out years ago, but somehow it crept back in, so she thanked us for bringing it back to their attention.

No problem, Newsom clan. Thank you for being so ducky to ducks.

Written by Jeff Mackey

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  • Saucy says:

    Happy Easter Duckies Christ is Rising Angels are taking Flight. May God Lift Your Wings with the Winds of Angels. God is going to crush the evildoers who think it is their domain to shove a pipe down your throat bloat you up chop your head off and eat your liver. With the exception of the Seventh Day Adventist I’m outraged at the Church both Jew and Christian for not speaking out on your behalf. They line the streets and fill the churches carry their crosses and wear their skull caps and yet they do not know you as the God of Love of All Creation. My heart is heavy with grief. Soon they will pour the wine and break the bread then fill their bellies with the blood of beasts. Yet You have said it is Your metaphorical Blood and Your metaphorical Body that we are to partake of THE BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST. Oh Lord I am saddened by this unholy slaughter. Who is this church who has saddened those whom you have not made sad? God give them the Revealations of Love of Kindness of Mercy that they have not asked for. Lift this deceptive veil from their eyes and CRUSH THE TABLE OF SATAN.

  • Marsha F. says:

    Yes this is awesome news! Although this horrific sick and barbaric industryproducts is being phasedout in California because California voted for it too many years were given to phase this out. 2015? I believe. PETA San Francisco isn’t “Frisco” it’s San Francisco for what it’s worth. Only those that are not from the City call it “Frisco”. Thanks!

  • Michael Essi says:

    Much praise to Ms. Newsom for being so kind to animals. I also applaud San Francisco my favorite city for being so progressively thoughtful and kind by passing a resolution that would support restaurants that shun diseased duck liver from their menus. By the way which city in the U.S. is the most animal friendly and progressive in regard to animal welfare issues as a whole?

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  • Rev. Meg Schramm says:

    Foie Gras is just a fancy name for fatty liver which is a disease. I never could understand why anyone would want to eat a diseased liver.