Foie Gras is a status symbol. Translated from French, it means Fatty Liver. To produce, ducks and geese MUST be force-fed by gavage (The French take the process so seriously that there is a law in place to preserve it). It is the epitome of oppression, of cruelty, of exploitation and of bourgeois privilege.
A quick summary of the process:
Gavage means that ducks and geese have a long metal pipe forced down their throats, often this act actually punctures their throats. Through the pipe pumps pounds of grain. This happens three times per day. The goal of this heinous act is to fatten the animal's liver 10-12 times its normal size. The result is a diseased and fatty liver.
Blue Hour has heard us for months and have managed to marginalize and ignore our cries for mercy. Chef and Co-Owner Kenny Giambalvo has decided to comfort himself with the profit-driven propaganda of his "humane" supplier, Sonoma Foie Gras, instead of listening to our arguments or watching the footage of Sonoma for himself. Foie Gras is featured prominently on the menu, and since the demos began, has become even more prominent.
It is obvious that Blue Hour feels the tension that this campaign is creating. They have retaliated with a new entree of "Whole Roasted Foie Gras" for $120. They block their windows with boards. They call the police almost every night, desperately hoping for us to be silenced. They even took the time to create a full two page flier that vainly attempts to debunk animal welfare "myths" concerning the cruelty of foie gras production. Staff pass these out to the concerned patrons. It is littered with profit-driven propaganda taken directly from the website of Sonoma Foie Gras.
Saturday's demo promises be a loud, intense, and fun time, as long as people come and support the effort. The last demo was full of noise makers, bubbles, cacophony, and compassion. Please make it out and support the end of the inherent cruelty that is Foie Gras. Let the privileged know that their status can no longer be satisfied by the unjustified suffering of other beings. If you can't make it please call them anyway and ask them to stop serving foie gras!
A pre-demo uniformity and solidarity meeting is at 6:30 pm at NW 10th and Davis right near Blossoming Lotus. Then, at 7pm we will demo Blue Hour. But please make it to the 6:30 solidarity to make sure the demo goes smoothly and uniformly.
Email or call Blue hour and let head chef Kenny Giambalvo and owner Bruce Carey know that Portland wants foie gras gone! Their lunch starts at 11:30 am and we can call all day if needs be!
250 NW 13th Ave