The US Supreme Court declined to hear a case challenging the constitutionality of a California ban on foie gras which means fatty liver in French. The practice allegedly involves force feeding a geese or duck corn meal that enlarges the bird’s liver in which the slaughtered bird’s liver is then cooked and served. Foie gras is a delicacy in countries like France and Spain.
Not all countries force feed the birds corn meal. In Spain it is fed naturally but the bird involved is still killed in order to serve it’s meat and liver. The human hate groups involved in the litigation and work to ban the dish claim that the practice of force feeding is cruel and humane. However, it would be interesting to find out if they would have any objections to Spain’s method of natural feeding.
Animal rights is one of the environmentalist movement’s battalions of attacking our food supply and they do so piecemeal by winning battles against little known dishes like foie gras. While the dish is not a source of nourishment in order for people to live, there are those who like to eat it and the restaurants who serve it do so as a service to their customers.
The subject of animal rights overall is a touchy subject for some. But the philosophy of the animal rights movement is based on an erroneous argument since the group subscribes to Rene Descartes’ idea that if a being feels pain they have rights. However, as Dr. Edwin Locke of the Ayn Rand Institute states, rights do not depend on someone’s ability to feel pain or pleasure but on their ability to think. Animals do not have the capacity of deliberation and choice and are devoid of any such abilities. Their primary method survival is predatory instincts via reflexes and association via sensory perception and not the capacity for reason which is how humans live.
Human hate groups like PETA do not seek justice for animals nor do their cousins in groups like the Sierra Club seek preservation of the environment. They only seek the obliteration of human life. One need only read what PETA head Ingrid Newkirk had to say in 2001 when the Foot-and-Mouth disease had broken out in Europe. She was quoted as saying:
If that hideousness came here [to the U.S.], it wouldn’t be any more hideous for the animals—they are all bound for a ghastly death anyway. But it would wake up consumers…. I openly hope that it comes here. It will bring economic harm only for those who profit from giving people heart attacks and giving animals a concentration camp-like existence. It would be good for animals, good for human health, and good for the environment.
Now if you will excuse me, I have to get back to my fried chicken dinner from KFC.