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Foie Gras Bust

February 21, 2007 by

Doug Sohn, owner of Hot Doug’s, was busted on the morning of Feburary 17th for disobeying Chicago city law by continuing to offer foie gras-laced hot dogs at his restaurant. Dough Sohn had been defying the city’s anti-foie gras ruling since it passed last year on August 22nd and has disregarded a number of warnings by city health inspectors. Mr. Sohn was issued a citation on Feb. 17th and is facing a maximum fine of $500. This is just another step of an ever expanding police state.


Mathieu Bédard February 22, 2007 at 4:17 am

Why is foie gras illegal anyway?

Axel Riemer February 22, 2007 at 6:04 am

well.. i imagine its in the way it is produced.. I only read the entry on wikipedia, but it seemed to have the gist down.

Bill February 22, 2007 at 7:53 am

The bright side is that this stupid idea costs the city a lot more than $500.
100,000 Council debate
30,000 Train inspectors.
30,000 to 100,000 Divert inspector time from other duties or worse hire new inspectors.
2,000 Serve citation.
500 Process citation.
162,500 to 232,500. Total. The real cost is probably lower than this but this is a guess.
Total collected: 500

Alexander Villacampa February 22, 2007 at 7:58 am

I am almost certain that it doesn’t have to do with how the animal is killed but the fat content present in foie gras. Foie gras is extremely fatty and the Chicago city aldermen believe that it is in the best interest of the people to ban foie gras and turn Chicago into a “healthy” city.

Mark Thompson February 22, 2007 at 9:50 am

A great deal more than this would have to be done to turn Chicago into a “healthy” city as defined by the new socialists, sometimes referred to as “environmentalists.” Why ban Fois Gras and not fried chicken, hot dogs, X, …, and/or N? It’s all about power, about gradual but continual government encroachment to control. And most people have past the point where they even realize what is happening and where we are headed. “Ban Fois Gras for the purpose of making Chicago a ‘healthy’ city.” Give me a break!

Mark Brabson February 22, 2007 at 10:09 am

To answer an above question. The reason certain people want to ban fois gras is the cruelty involved in its production. The animal is literal force fed via a feeding tube constantly for 12-18 days prior to slaughter. The fat content is not the reason, but instead the cruel method of production.

I disagree with the method of governmental coersion currently being used. There are better methods available on the free market.

Mark Brabson February 22, 2007 at 10:23 am

I should note that regulations enacted in California in 2004, but not to take effect until 2012, ban the production of fois gras.

Yancey Ward February 22, 2007 at 10:35 am

I supposed stuffed pizza is next on the chopping block.

Sooperdave February 22, 2007 at 11:39 am

Mr. Brabson is correct, the foie gras ban was initiated due to the alleged cruelty. The ban prohibits sale of foie gras and some upper scale restaurants have been providing complimentary foie gras in opposition. Hot Doug’s is guilty because it is actually selling it.

Chicago is also trying to improve its health image. There’s a ban on smoking in restaurants and soon bars. There’s also a movement to ban trans fats led by alderman Burke and Ina Pinkney, who was also a leader in the smoking ban.

Here’s an article regarding the trans fat issue. Note the misleading statements and lies, e.g. trans fat cookie takes one hour to work off, implying it takes longer than a non-trans fat cookie. The consumption of trans fats can increase your risk of heart disease and potentially Alzheimer’s disease by three times.

Here’s an interesting article on the risks of trans fats.(pdf)

Mathieu Bédard February 22, 2007 at 5:29 pm

I somehow have a problem with the idea that HOT-DOG aficionado’s health have to be protected from foie gras..

About cruelty, well, from my (very small) knowledge of foie gras, an animal that suffered will have a tainted red liver (foie), and you can’t eat those anyway..

Yumi February 23, 2007 at 10:06 am

According to some, foie gras is the product of torture. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/north_yorkshire/6294513.stm

Linda Paul March 21, 2007 at 6:00 pm

ok you all have to check out my latest painting called Three geese and Fois Gras – it puts a humorous visual on the whole fois gras debate
See http://www.lindapaul.com/French_landscape_paintings_France_Art_prints.asp

You can see all my paintings at http://www.lindapaul.com

Alan September 19, 2007 at 4:14 pm

I know what foi gras is and I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!! Furthermore I have been to places like France and have been to tours of the foi gras farms. They are treated much better than you think and better than US chickens and turkeys. I had a personal tour and the ducks are dumb they eat what they want until the last month where they do feed by tube but I witnessed it in person and the ducks are not unhappy at all. They are like goldfish in that they love to eat and yes their liver is expanded but they are not treated badly. At least the farms I have seen in France. I commented to him that he could sell more as he had room but he replied,” I am happy with my fixed amount I do every year and when they sell out they gone”. Maybe US duck farms with our capitalistic tendencies over cram the ducks per square feet and that should be changed, but to outlaw them is NOT right!

Foi gras should be available to anyone whom wants to eat it. The ducks if treated like the farms I visited in France are not treated in humanly. I feel we should make every efforts in making sure all duck farms treat their ducks correctly but not ban them at all! The ducks I witnessed are treated like royalty and only their last month do they get fed twice a day with a tube and believe me they are not suffering.

I will make every effort to educate people that foi gras is a great food and that the ducks are not treated badly! I think ignorant people are taking it to the extreme and should be ashamed at your tactics and misrepresentation of foi gras!

DeLynn January 2, 2008 at 10:04 pm

In a short while we will all be told what we can eat, not eat, drink, not drink, where we can go, not go. Though all of this is done while we are being told it is for our health and the welfare of the animals we are consuming, it is becoming completely out of hand. Over feeding of geese and ducks, smoking, trans fats. The majority of the population have intelligence. We DO NOT NEED the government to tell us what and what we can and can not consume. They need to do what they were elected to do. I do not believe I or any one else asked them what our menu should be. Maybe they should concentrate on human cruelty and lawlessness, not over feed geese or if the once in every few months I am out of time and go through a drive through and get fries and some sort of sandwich.

jess January 6, 2009 at 12:47 am

I found a really funny blog on freedomhaters.org that really nailed the fois gras argument and pointed out how stupid and cruel it is. The blog is called something like Fois Gras for the Holidays.
You got to check it out:


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