Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Open forum: Kudos to Takoma Park council for stand on foie gras

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I’d like to express my appreciation to the Takoma Park City Council for adopting a resolution that condemns the production of foie gras.

Foie gras, which is French for ‘‘fatty liver,” is also-called gourmet pate that’s made from the abnormally enlarged and diseased livers of force-fed ducks. Shoving a tube down an animals’ throat and pumping large quantities of food into their stomachs is too cruel for any civilized society to swallow. Indeed, welfare concerns have already prompted the state of California and more than a dozen countries worldwide to ban this cruel practice.

Bravo to the Takoma Park City Council for being the first city in Maryland to take such progressive and compassionate step by opposing foie gras production.

Noelle Callahan, Takoma Park

I’m proud to live in a city with a City Council that considers taking a stand against animal cruelty a good use of time and passes a resolution opposing foie gras.

As it takes more land, water and energy to produce meat than it does to grow foods for a vegetarian diet, and as the average American does more to reduce global warming emissions by not eating animal products than by switching to a hybrid car, City Council could satisfy both those constituents who felt the council should have spent their energy on environmental issues as well as those opposed to animal cruelty by passing a resolution opposing all animal products.

Lynda Cozart, Takoma Park

Kudos to the Takoma Park City Council for passing a resolution opposing the production and sale of foie gras (‘‘City says ‘non’ to foie gras,” July 2).

With the passage of this resolution, Takoma Park’s City Council has acted on behalf of those who can’t speak for themselves — the 150,000 ducks force-fed, tortured and slaughtered on America’s two foie gras farms every year.

The Takoma Park City Council should be commended for recognizing what many Americans already know — that foie gras is animal abuse too abhorrent to condone.

Max Fischlowitz-Roberts, Washington, D.C.

As a newcomer to Takoma Park, I attended my first City Council meeting this past week during which a resolution was passed by unanimous decision opposing the production of foie gras.

What a heartwarming experience to see our representatives take progressive action against inhumane treatment of animals!

Being a former resident of California where a law was passed in 2004 banning the sale and production of foie gras, I’m aware of how this cruelty-laden pate is produced (www.GourmetCruelty.com). Ducks and geese are force fed huge quantities of food — causing tremendous suffering as their livers swell and become diseased.

It was clear as I listened to our City Council members that we are represented by compassionate and ethical people. I’m proud to live in a city that encourages kindness toward animals, treasures our trees, and where concern for injustice is a priority.

Thank you Takoma Park City Council!

Rose Nealon, Takoma Park