August 24, 2006, - 1:21 pm

Animal Rights Ad Absurdum: On Food, Animals & Lawsuits

By Debbie Schlussel
Two interesting stories in the news have one nexus–the absurdity of animal rights activists (unfortunately, some of them are elected officials in Chicago):
* We’re not normally fans of the litigation explosion. But that doesn’t mean we don’t support lawsuits if the grievance is legitimate. This is one of those cases where it is, indeed.
In April, the Chicago City Council approved a ban on duck and goose liver foie gras–because all problems in Chicago, all crime, all poverty has been solved, and the animal thing was all that was left to address. For the record, I’ve never eaten foie gras (not even sure if one can find kosher foie gras). But, the ban–which went into effect Tuesday–is absurd.

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Whatever Happened to Consumer Freedom?

It’s a case of animal rights activists legislating their opinion of what our diet should consist of. First, Chicago, and, next, your neck of the woods. Therefore, we cheer the Illinois Restaurant Association for suing on behalf of diet freedom in America. Let consumers–not busybody animal rights activists–decide for themselves what they eat.
We like the smart way some chefs are getting around the ban. The Chicago City Council chapter of PETA-brains that wrote the law were not smart enough to make it airtight. They simply made it illegal to charge for foie gras. Some chefs are now giving it away for free.
* Again, we’re no fans of animal rights activists. But we can’t help the schadenfreude we’re experiencing over the Humane Society’s attack on Ben & Jerry’s Homemade, Inc. As we’ve pointed out, Ben & Jerry remain large stockholders in Lever, which bought B&J from them–and they are still advisors/consultants to B&J. And they use their profits to fund Cindy Sheehan. We recall that Ben & Jerry were always bragging how PC and humane they are. Yet, when they were at the helm, they polluted rivers with ice cream pollution.
Now, they are under attack from Humane Society for allegedly buying eggs from a company that “mistreats chickens“–Michael Foods. (But not for long. Today, the company fired the egg producer.)
Since we’re not sure which we dislike less, we can’t figure out for whom to root–the animal rights people or Ben & Jerry’s. We pick the chickens. They have more sense.

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9 Responses

The foie gras fiasco is similar to the New Jersey ban on raw and undercooked eggs. In 1992, the New Jersey Health Department banned restaurants from serving raw and undercooked eggs. No more; soft-boiled eggs, poached eggs, eggs over-easy, eggs sunny-side-up, raw eggs, hollandaise sauce, steak tartare, etc. Eventually sanity took over and the ban was repealed in 1993.
This shows you just how stoopid legislators can be. They feel that they can legislate, not only morality, but diets, as well.

Thee_Bruno on August 24, 2006 at 2:05 pm

The Animal Rights nuts fighting Ben & Jerry – there has not been such a win-win story since Iraq and Iran fought (1980-88).

Ripper on August 24, 2006 at 2:24 pm

I root for B&J because eating B&J tastes good…animal rights activists, do not.

Descent on August 24, 2006 at 3:39 pm

im normally not a fan of PETA, but i am seriously disturbed by the way foie gras is made. geese are being force fed to increase the size of their liver. people are literally shoving food down their throat, forcing the geese to swallow.
i would like to think this isnt true, so someone please prove me wrong. for the most part, I think PETA is an extremist organization that does more harm than good… but this story did catch my ear

j1980 on August 24, 2006 at 6:50 pm

The animal rights nuts are the same people who sent a family who son died of a rabbit contracted disease with heartfelt letters. The same letters Debbie Schlussel receives from other lovers of creation, e.g the Islamofascists. Now let’s see what they have in common: an abiding hatred of humanity, especially Jews. And oh the original lover of animals was Adolf Hitler. He banned vivisection and the boiling of live lobsters. But he extended no such mercy to human beings, upon whom he authorized euthanasia experiments. The Jews were killed by being gassed. Such is the enlightened background to today’s folks who think animals have MORE RIGHTS than people.

NormanF on August 24, 2006 at 6:57 pm

Absolutely out of control. Free choice? No. Self-responsiblity? No. Pretty soon we will all be required to be vegetarians, and not allowed to even braise the veggies in oil because it has extra calories and might make us fat. And then, the little plants will ‘scream’ because we are hurting them and we can have water for dinner. Sorry, this entire Chicago thing is unbelievable.

Sticky Notes on August 24, 2006 at 8:45 pm

Another little story about Ben & Jerry’s!! Does it still taste good?
http://www.conservativeboycott.com/Police.html
and
http://www.moonbattery.com/archives/2005/02/plumbing_the_de.html
Info is dated but it still holds true today.

MarkM5 on August 25, 2006 at 9:53 am

..yeah. I’m not eating B&J’s policies, just their ice cream. No matter what you buy, I bet the company that produced it has, at one point, done something that will piss you off. But you still buy from them.

Descent on August 25, 2006 at 11:38 am

Goose liver…blah! But to each their own. Now Ice cream, that’s a different story. I heard though that B&Js are anti-cops and a cop buddy said to boycott them. Hmmm.

KOAJaps on August 28, 2006 at 6:00 am

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