Great news: I’m late to the party on this one, but it seems that Thomas Keller and other great California chefs are standing up to fight California’s insane ban on foie gras:
More than 100 of California’s best-known chefs have joined forces to fight the nation’s first state law banning the sale of foie gras.
In a last-minute effort, chefs such as Michael Chiarello, Thomas Keller, Ludo Lefebvre and Tyler Florence have signed a petition to submit to state Assembly Speaker John Pérez early this week, urging the Legislature to reconsider the July 1 ban.
Efforts to ban foie gras have far more to do with lefty aesthetics than genuine concern about animal cruelty: Living out one’s days as a force-fed goose on some artisinal producer’s is surely no less pleasant, and perhaps a good deal more so, than being a pig or chicken on a giant factory farm out of Sinclair Lewis. No, this sort of thing is about populist politicians trying to score points by targeting people with money and taste, restricting liberty in the process. It is amazing that even as we are beginning to finally have an honest conversation about the “War on Drugs”, politicians are still looking for consumables to ban.
Oh, and before you veggo types get on your high horse, how many fluffy bunny rabbits do you think your carrot farmer had to kill to get that salad to you unmolested?