Comments: Skimming the headlines

Foie gras with a moderately sized flute of Veuve Clicquot or perhaps a Sautèrnes or even an Eiswein (Trockenbeerenauslese) from Burgenland used to be one of those things that made life worse living (to quote Thurber). But now that we have learned about the force feeding practices in Hungary and other countries I, for one, forgo the liver and stay with the champagne. I am not particularly into animal rights (I like to eat them) but the way those geese are treated is to much even for an avid avivore, if you see what I mean.

Posted by Bengt at October 2, 2003 12:29 PM

I feel the same way. Foie gras was a rare and much-anticipated treat for me, but I don't think I'll ever eat it again after what I've read recently.

I, too, have no problem eating meat but I decline to encourage practices that specifically harm animals during their (short) lifetimes.

Of course, by that measure, I'll have to give up eating turkey (they've been bred to maximize production of the profitable and popular breast meat until "farm" animals are a deformed version of the original) as well. I've boycotted veal for years.

I'm not squeamish because much of my food comes from animals. I'm squeamish because of the human interventions.

Posted by Anne at October 2, 2003 01:50 PM