• Petitioned Daniel Barron

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Evolve Cuisine
Daniel Barron
Urban Solace
Matt Gordon
The Cowboy Star
Victor Jimenez
The French Gourmet
Michel Malecot
Ariccia Italian Market
Robert Pascucci
Bertrand at Mister A’s
Stephane Voitzwinkler

San Diego Chefs: Stop spreading lies to benefit the foie gras industry

    1. amber  coon
    2. Petition by

      amber coon

      syracuse, NY

As one of the Animal Protection and Rescue League's Cruelty Investigators, I have witnessed firsthand how ducks suffer on foie gras farms. The production of foie gras is an extreme form of animal cruelty. Ducks are force fed several times a day with rigid pipes shoved down their throats until their livers swell to ten times their normal size, creating a sickened duck and a fatty liver. I personally witnessed ducks suffering greatly from severe breathing problems as their enlarged, diseased liver crowded out the rest of their organs.

The foie gras industry has been touted as small, artisinal, and even 'free range' by misinformed chefs, but nothing could be further from the truth. Thousands of ducks suffer in gigantic, reeking, windowless sheds. The ventilation fans do little to clear the sticky, foul air that the ducks must endure breathing 24 hours a day. Thousands of gallons of feces is cleared from the sheds into huge manure lagoons, and the New York based Hudson Valley Foie Gras farm has been cited for numerous violations under the Clean Water Act. The birds are never allowed out of the pens until the day they are slaughtered, when they are roughly grabbed, slung up in shackles, and have their throats slit.

SB1520, a bill that bans both the production and sale of foie gras passed in California seven years ago, supposedly to allow California's only foie gras farm time to develop a 'humane' way to create grossly enlarged, diseased duck livers. They were unable to accomplish their goal. The disingenuous "Coalition for Humane and Ethical Farming" claims to "...support a broader standard for ethical treatment of animals and humane farming practices.", but in reality is a front group for the notoriously cruel, pollution-spewing foie gras industry. CHEFS was unable to reach their goal of one hundred signatures on their petition supporting the repeal of SB1520, while well over one hundred chefs across the state have purposefully removed foie gras from their menu, with more dropping it from their menus every passing week.

Chefs should be role models for how America eats, and supporting the foie gras industry should be no part of it.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 500 signatures
    2. Santa Monica: Demonstration against foie gras benefit dinner

      amber  coon
      Petition Organizer

      On Monday, May 14, chefs all over southern California will be hosting foie gras tasting events. As a latch ditch effort to repeal the upcoming foie gras ban, Mélisse, along with a number of other chefs have signed a petition to repeal the ban. Mélisse still sells foie gras, and they will be offering a $200 foie gras dinner on Monday. Help us voice our support for the ban that will put an end to the cruel practices involved in foie gras production. Signs and posters will be provided.
      When: Monday, May 14th from 7-8:30pm
      Where: Melisse 1104 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

    3. San Diego: Demonstration against one of CHEFS chefs

      amber  coon
      Petition Organizer

      Saturday, May 12, 2012
      7:00pm until 8:00pm

      Join the Animal Protection and Rescue League from 7-8pm for a protest at Cowboy Star Restaurant and Butcher Shop, which continues to serve cruel foie gras despite having agreed to remove foie gras from their menu in back in 2009.

      Cowboy Star's head chef, is a member of the Coalition for Humane and Ethical Farming(CHEFS) and is one of six San Diego restaurants to mount a last-ditch effort to get SB1520, the bill that bans the sale and production of foie gras in California repealed.
      The disingenuous "Coalition for Humane and Ethical Farming" claims to "...support a broader standard for ethical treatment of animals and humane farming practices.", but in reality is a front group for the notoriously cruel, pollution-causing foie gras industry.

      Signs, banners and anti-foie gras literature will be provided, just bring yourself!

      Whether you can come to the protest or not, make sure to sign this: https://www.change.org/petitions/san-diego

    4. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Alan Francisco SAN YSIDRO, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      Duck slaughter and cruelty isn't appetizing.

    • Susan McNulty HORTON, MI
      • over 2 years ago

      The minds of the people involved in this horrible industry are sick and diseased. I will not eat at any restaurant where this is served.

      "Mankind or a nation is judged on how it treats its animals." Ghandi

    • Dolly Alaimo EL CAJON, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      Force feeding is cruel. People who eat this have no conscience and are self-absorbed.

    • Terri Haynes LA MESA, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      The practice of force feeding these poor creatures is barbaric & demonstrates an utter disregard for life. It is absolutely animal torture!

    • diane hermes NORTHRIDGE, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      animal cruelty


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