Target: Ray Tang, Owner of Presidio Social Club Restaurant
Goal: Permanently remove foie gras from restaurant menu
California recently passed a law that outlaws the sale of foie gras within the state. Restaurants were forced to comply with the new law; all except one. Presidio Social Club in the Bay Area is going to start serving foie gras despite the law. The owner reasons that his restaurant is technically on federally-owned land, rather than land owned by the State of California. This distinction makes his restaurant exempt from the law. However, serving foie gras supports a diabolically cruel industry.
Foie gras translates to “fat liver” in French. Duck or geese are force fed until their livers become enormous, all while the bird is still alive. They are housed in crates until their next feeding, many dying prematurely from ruptured organs. Many of the birds become so stressed they pull out their own feathers and kill other birds. Some birds die from infected wounds caused by the abusive lifestyle they are forced to lead. There is a reason foie gras has been made illegal in California: it is an incredibly cruel delicacy to produce.
Ray Tang did not have foie gras on the menu before the dish was outlawed. He realized a major sales opportunity: if he were the only one in the state allowed to sell it, people would come from all over just to have this forbidden delicacy. He plans to charge twenty dollars per plate. Tang noted his understanding that many people are against the cruel process used to produce foie gras, but said he hopes that these individuals will not be disruptive. Urge Ray Tang to understand that selling foie gras promotes a barbaric form of cruelty, and just because he can sell it does not mean he should.
Dear Mr. Ray Tang,
A California law banning the sale of foie gras became effective last year. Under this law no California restaurant is allowed to sell this delicacy. Due to the distinction that your land is owned by the Federal Government and not the State of California, your restaurant is exempt from abiding by this law. Therefore, you have chosen to profit by offering the delicacy at twenty dollars per plate. You are entitled to your own decisions, however, we urge you to understand the reason foie gras is illegal in California.
The process of obtaining foie gras is incredibly tortuous and damaging to the goose or duck. These birds are force fed until their livers are ten times their normal size, then forced to endure the pain of this enlargement until their deaths. Often, death does not come quickly. Infections, cannibalism, ruptured organs, and tumors take the birds’ lives before humans do. Therefore, we urge you to consider removing foie gras from your menu.
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