Last Saturday night saw another round of demonstrations in front of Bluehour restaurant downtown. About 12 animal advocates gathered to educate the public and restaurant patrons about the inherent cruelty in foie gras production.
Bluehour serves foie gras, which is literally the diseased livers of ducks and geese who have been force-fed with metal tubes rammed down their throats. The mortality rate on foie gras farms is about 20 times that of other duck farms. The birds are force-fed such huge amounts of food that they cannot walk. Their necks are torn by the metal tubes. The process is so cruel that it has been banned in at least 14 countries, including the United Kingdom, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, Norway and Denmark.
Bluehour has been asked to remove foie gras from the menu.
Advocates had a large-screen TV to show video from inside foie gras farms, leaflets on hand for people to take with them, signs, and a banner depicting the force-feeding.
The majority of passersby were sympathetic and several people said they were heading in to Bluehour until they saw the protesters there. Many stopped to watch the video and were horrified at what they saw. Several more passed by and declined leaflets, saying they would never eat foie gras anyway and would stay away from Bluehour.
Bluehour again wasted police resources by calling an officer to tell the protesters not to block the sidewalk, which they were not doing.
For more information, see http://www.gourmetcruelty.com/