How heartwarming to read repeated rage over Lon Allan’s column protesting the new state legislation on more humane treatment of chickens. How sad that another member of the poultry family is denied a minimum of humane treatment, thanks to a federal judge overruling the California ban on foie gras (fatty liver) (“California chefs celebrate as foie gras ban is lifted,” Jan. 8).
Last year when we lived for a period in France, I was proud to represent California’s defiance of the sacred status of foie gras. How many of those chefs who delight in serving foie gras have seen a goose enclosure in the beautiful Dordogne, where geese crowded together are each dragging their oversized livers, as large as the goose itself? Have they watched the farmer force the goose’s beak open to insert a funnel and force yet more liverswelling grain down a goose desperately trying to resist this torture? Torture it is for the goose; greedy gourmandise for the consumer. Are we stewards of creation, or selfimportant, self-indulgent, insensitive tyrants over creation?