Happy New Year! (you too, foie gras protestors!)

My wife and I had reservations at X/O Sunday night for a big NYE dinner. We got a little more than we bargained for though. We hopped out of the cab and right into a foie gras protest. About a dozen or so folks were standing outside of the restaurant holding up posters and signs of ducks being force-fed for foie gras. They even had a truck with video displays showing film of dead and over-stuffed ducks, all on a continuous loop. Turns out NYE is a big night for foie gras sales and X/O happens to sell it, even after the ban was passed (NYTimes link).

So there I sat facing the window and the posters and the signs and videos, all while not ordering foie gras and trying to enjoy my meal. I see where they’re (the protestors) coming from, but I didn’t appreciate being force-fed images for an hour straight during what was supposed to be a nice night out on the town. I’m not for foie gras, but I’m also not for badgering folks who have no intention of eating it either.

4 Comments so far

  1. tankboy (unregistered) on January 2nd, 2007 @ 12:40 pm

    That’s sucks. I’m against food bans in the city in general (even trans fats, although I do think including nutirional info on all menus is a fair thing to ask all restaurant — don’t take away our choice, but do give us tools to make a choice in the first place) but even if I was against foie gras that would be no excuse to ruin everyone’s evening.

  2. steven (unregistered) on January 2nd, 2007 @ 3:41 pm

    It’s a shame what happens to these, and many other animals, in the name of providing food, clothing, cosmetics, etc for us humans. There’s an argument to be made on both sides. Do I want to see or discuss it when i’m eating? no.

  3. Jay Xavier (unregistered) on January 4th, 2007 @ 2:26 pm

    If we don’t approve of the way these animals are being force-fed in such grotesque ways, we shouldn’t be supporting the restaurants that are illegally serving it. This is about animal cruelty, after all, and by supporting restaurants that are supporting the animal cruelty, we are giving them the go ahead to continue.

  4. steven (unregistered) on January 4th, 2007 @ 6:56 pm

    It’s a fact of life that some animals are not treated very nicely when it comes to preparing our food, testing our medications, cosmetics, etc. Is it right? Not at all. But it does happen. Personally I can’t spend all of my time worrying about every little thing that is going on in the world and still be expected to function on a daily basis. It’s horrible what goes on in the world around us. But I spend enough time worrying about my future, my well-being and, most importantly, how I treat other people I meet day in and day out. I can’t be expected to not visit a restaurant because they serve foie gras. Not my fault. It’s against the law. I didn’t pass it, I didn’t break it. I’m sick of being made to feel guilty over every little thing. It might sound horrible, but there it is. I have plenty of compassion for animals and want them to be treated like I would want to be treated. But Jesus, if I worried about one thing, why am I not worried about the other thing, or this is more important to worry about, and I’m sitting in a restaurant trying to enjoy my meal and I end up staring at posters of dead ducks. And the fact that some of those protestors most likely own leather shoes, or leather jackets, or own items of clothing that were made by a 5 year old in Indonesia working in a sweat shop for .05 an hour…the irony is not lost on me.

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