Wednesday, February 21, 2007


If you find yourself in Hartford, CT today, please don't lock your doors and drive through as fast as possible like you usually do. Instead, drop by the Legislative Office Building and give the Legislative Environment Committee your two cents during their open hearing on a recently introduced Foie Gras Ban bill.

The grammatically challenged "An Act Banning the Inhumane Production and Sale of Food Items Produced Through the Force Feeding of Birds" reads in full:

"Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:
That the general statutes be amended to prohibit the production or sale of any food item produced by force feeding a bird for the purpose of enlarging the bird's liver beyond normal size.
Statement of Purpose:
To prohibit the inhumane treatment of birds in the production of certain food items. "

FoieBlog commends Rep. Dianne Urban for her efforts to save the environment. Not for the proposed ban on Foie Gras, but for not wasting too much paper on a bill that even the Chairman of the Environment Committee tells the Connecticut Post isn't going anywhere anytime soon.

That said, if the only people who speak at this hearing are bill supporters like representatives of the U.S. Humane Society, this could easily turn into another Chicago scenario, so FoieBlog encourages those of you who live in the 'Constitution State' to please take part in the process.

And while you're there please tell Connecticut Post Editor, Edward Crowder, the process of feeding geese and ducks is called "La Gavage" not "Gravage" as he refers to it in his companion article "Foie Gras Facts". FoieBlog hopes this oversight is not indicative of the accuracy of his reporting on this issue.


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