So, the big food news this week is that Chicago has repealed its nearly two-year-old foie gras ban. You can tell it’s big news because the New York Times dedicated a Lede blog entry to it, and the foie is flying. Commenter Moe disapproves:
How unfortunate. Between the Kentucky Derby disaster and this in such a short time period, sometimes it feels like we’re backsliding on animals rights instead of moving forward (despite the rise in vegetarianism and other evidence to the contrary).
While Capt. Concernicus flies the “yay” flag, writing: “Good for Chicago. There’s no reason to be told what we can and can’t eat. Down with the activists!”
Foie gras–ites aren’t rejoicing quite yet, though: The earliest the repeal goes into effect will be June 11, says city blog Chicagoist, which also notes that Chicago’s Mayor Daley used some hard-knock politics to get the ban lifted.
Daley’s dirty tactics are sure to encourage anti–foie gras activists to renew protests. PETA has already come out with a (typically inflammatory) statement:
Foie gras is a diseased, rotting organ of an abused animal with a high price tag slapped onto it. The aldermen—who voted overwhelmingly for the ban (48 to 1)—were right the first time in banning this hideously cruel product. With foie gras bans already in effect in more than a dozen countries and a growing of number people learning about the cruelty of foie gras production, this industry’s days are numbered.