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Letters 08-29-2016

Religious Bigotry President Obama has been roundly criticized for his apparent unwillingness to use the term “radical Islamic terrorism.” His critics seem to suggest that through the mere use of that terminology, the defeat of ISIS would be assured...

TC DDA: Focus On Your Mission What on earth is the Traverse City DDA thinking? Purchasing land around (not within) its TIF boundaries and then offering it at a discount to developers? That is not its mission. Sadly enough, it is already falling down on the job regarding what is its mission. Crosswalks are deteriorating all around downtown, trees aren’t trimmed, sidewalks are uneven. Why can’t the DDA do a better job of maintaining what it already has? And still no public restrooms downtown, despite all the tax dollars captured since 1997. What a joke...

European-Americans Are Boring “20 Fascinating People” in northern Michigan -- and every single one is European-American? Sorry, but this is journalistically incorrect. It’s easy for editors to assign and reporters to write stories about people who are already within their personal and professional networks. It’s harder to dig up stuff about people you don’t know and have never met. Harder is better...

Be Aware Of Lawsuit While most non-Indians were sleep walking, local Odawa leaders filed a lawsuit seeking to potentially have most of Emmet County and part of Charlevoix County declared within their reservation and thus under their jurisdiction. This assertion of jurisdiction is embedded in their recently constructed constitution as documentation of their intent...

More Parking Headaches I have another comment to make about downtown TC parking following Pat Sullivan’s recent article. My hubby and I parked in a handicap spot (with a meter) behind Mackinaw Brew Pub for lunch. The handicap spot happens to be 8-10 spaces away from the payment center. Now isn’t that interesting...

Demand Change At Women’s Resource Center Change is needed for the Women’s Resource Center for the Grand Traverse Area (WRCGT). As Patrick Sullivan pointed out in his article, former employees and supporters don’t like the direction WRCGT has taken. As former employees, we are downright terrified at the direction Juliette Schultz and Ralph Soffredine have led the organization...

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Foie Gras Controversy Continues

Julie Janovsky - December 3rd, 2007
I have been following with interest the ongoing debate over foie gras production in the Northern Express. Many of your readers have done an excellent job in pointing out all the facets of foie gras production that make it so reprehensible: the suffocation of day-old female ducklings, the painful injuries caused by jamming an inflexible pipe down a bird’s throat, and the deliberate infliction of a deadly, horribly painful liver disease.
You don’t have to be an animal-rights activist or vegetarian to oppose this type of abuse. Force feeding an animal to the brink of death—so that his liver expands to ten times its normal size—is inherently cruel. The fact that this is done for the sake of an overpriced “delicacy” consumed by a tiny percentage of the population makes it all the more morally repugnant.
With so many people worldwide dying of malnutrition and starvation, it seems a travesty that a handful of misguided gourmands would choose the preservation of this barbaric practice as the cause for which they fight so stridently. Short-term profits and self-indulgence should not take precedence over basic decency.
Perhaps this is why a growing number of socially responsible businesses and restaurateurs have nixed foie gras from their inventory. They recognize that part of being human is recognizing our moral obligation to treat weaker creatures utterly at our mercy with some measure of human compassion.
Arguments that mock or dismiss concerns about foie gras cruelty defy all reason. Based on specious, self-serving claims that ducks enjoy an existence as assembly-line receptacles of forced, fatal gluttony, such arguments insult our intelligence. Should we also suppose that the countless female chicks, who are treated literally as trash, also enjoy their slow killing by suffocation in plastic bags?
In the course of the foie gras debate, columnist Rick Coates wonders, “Who do we believe? What do we believe?” He does not need to wonder and neither do you. We invite those who care about the truth to view undercover video and photos taken at foie gras facilities in France, the U.S. and Canada, which plainly depict the conditions under which foie gras ducks live—and die. No one possessed of any measure of human compassion can see the uncensored reality of foie gras production and still find it acceptable.
In the most recent undercover investigation, one former employee of a foie gras production facility in Canada recounts:
As soon as the ducks received their dose they would frantically shake their heads from side to side, trying to spit out the food and often vomiting…During the last few days of feeding it became easier and easier to force feed the ducks because they were so sick they could no longer struggle. . . As my supervisor stated, “The point of gavage is to make a duck as sick as possible, to bring them to the brink of death.”
No matter how the pro-foie gras propagandists try to spin their abusive industry, this cruelty is simply so extreme that it falls far outside the bounds of what is acceptable in any civilized society. Foie gras production is one form of culinary cruelty that’s simply too much to stomach.

For more information on foie gras, please visit www.nofoiegras.org and view the most recent investigation at http://youtube.com/watch?v=qxR4oCg35Jg.
 
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