Thursday, May 15, 2008

Chicago lifts ban on foie gras

Good news for carnivores, bad news for geese and ducks; Chicago's two year ban on foie gras was lifted by a 37 to 6 vote of the city council.

According to the Reuters report, "Mayor Richard Daley had called the ban the "silliest ordinance" the city council ever passed and said it made Chicago "the laughingstock of the nation."

PETA shot back saying that the council's reversal was, "a secretive, rushed bow to special interests that benefit from the cruel treatment of animals. It goes against what the vast majority of Chicagoans believe in."

I don't think there's a whole lot of argument to be made that the production of foie gras isn't at least some degree of cruel and unfair treatment to animals - but it'll be interesting to see if Chicago's decision puts the choice of whether or not to produce and consume foie in other areas in question.

I'm sure there will be a lot more discussion on this in the weeks/months/years to come.

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