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Petitioning The Grove Park Inn and 2 others

Asheville Restaurants: Take cruel and environmentally devastating foie gras off the menu for good!

Asheville can do better than this! Foie gras is the product of a system of agriculture that is inordinately cruel and inhumane. At just a few months old, ducks and geese are confined to sheds, where they will be force-fed enormous amounts of grain, several times a day, to cause the pathological condition of "fatty liver." Workers insert a long metal tube into the animals' throats, and force food directly into their gullets. Undercover footage taken at each of the large US foie gras producers shows birds actively avoiding the gavage procedure, as well as animals with bleeding injuries from the procedure.

Foie Gras doesn't reflect Asheville's commitment to the farm-to-table movement. Here in Asheville, we love our local farms, both large and small. We walk the walk, and we talk the talk. We are solidifying our farm-to-table future by teaching the principles of local, sustainable agriculture in our schools. Here in Asheville, we support our local farming culture with our forks. Serving foie gras in Asheville's independent restaurants, simply doesn't reflect our farm-to-table values. It flies in the face of them. The Lexington Avenue Brewery and others cannot tout farm-to-table principles, while simultaneously importing and serving cruelty and environmental devastation.

Foie gras isn't humane.
It isn't "green."
It isn't local.
It isn't Asheville.

Read about some environmental problems: http://www.humanesociety.org/news/press_releases/2010/05/HVFG_050610.html

And watch this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BAzrSl0ztsQ

Join me in urging the Lexington Avenue Brewery and others to remove the shame of foie gras from their menus.

Lexington Avenue Brewery is serving foie gras "patty melts" at their LAB/Craggie Brewery Beer Dinner: http://www.facebook.com/events/260069107432287/

The Grove Park Inn offers two foie gras dishes: http://www.groveparkinn.com/resourcefiles/pdf/winter-dinner-menu-at-the-grove-park-inn-hotel-asheville-north-carolina.pdf#zoom=100

Table features a foie gras mousse: http://tableasheville.com/menu/804

Letter to
The Grove Park Inn
Table Asheville
Lexington Avenue Brewery
I just signed the following petition addressed to Asheville Restaurants

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Take cruel and environmentally devastating foie gras off the menu for good

Foie gras is the product of a system of agriculture that is inordinately cruel and inhumane. At just a few months old, ducks and geese are confined to sheds, where they will be force-fed enormous amounts of grain, several times a day, to cause the pathological condition of "fatty liver." Workers insert a long metal tube into the animals' throats, and force food directly into their gullets. Undercover footage taken at each of the large US foie gras producers shows birds actively avoiding the gavage procedure, as well as animals with bleeding injuries from the procedure. Ducks and geese are not afforded protections under either the Animal Welfare Act, or the Humane Slaughter Act, and while foie gras producers use language like "free-range," and "cage-free," the Better Business Bureau determined recently that Foie Gras producers were misleading consumers by stating that they humanely produce foie gras, when their actual production methods do not substantiate such claims. In fact, several chefs and restaurants could soon be the subject of litigation for making misleading claims that the foie gras they sell is produced humanely.

Foie gras production isn't "local." Most foie gras is sourced from a large foie gras factory farm, Hudson Valley Foie Gras, in New York state. Not only has Hudson Valley Foie Gras been the subject of several undercover cruelty investigations showing frightened and bleeding birds, and the recent admonishment by the Better Business Bureau's National Advertising Division, Hudson Valley Foie Gras has also been the subject of a recent major lawsuit, involving their committing over 1000 violations of the federal Clean Water Act. Hudson Valley Foie Gras was ordered to compensate the state of New York for damages related to the foie gras producers dumping animal waste and slaughter byproducts into local waterways.

Foie Gras doesn't reflect Asheville's commitment to the farm-to-table movement. Here in Asheville, we love our local farms, both large and small. We walk the walk, and we talk the talk. We are solidifying our farm-to-table future by teaching the principles of local, sustainable agriculture in our schools. Here in Asheville, we support our local farming culture with our forks. Serving foie gras in Asheville's independent restaurants, simply doesn't reflect our farm-to-table values. It flies in the face of them. You cannot tout farm-to-table principles, while simultaneously importing and serving cruelty and environmental devastation.

Foie gras isn't humane.
It isn't "green."
It isn't local.
It isn't Asheville.

Please remove the shame of foie gras from its menu.
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Sincerely,