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Blue Hour Gets Stink Bombed In Protest of Foie Gras

Around 8pm on Monday, Sept. 08, Blue Hour received a foul alert of protest when an autonomous group entered into the restaurant and 16 stink bombs were set off inside, right next to the kitchen. This action was taken during dinner hours in order to disrupt business because this restaurant refuses to take the cruel and grotesque foie gras off of their menu.
Blue Hour Gets Stink Bombed In Protest of Foie Gras

Around 8pm on Monday, Sept. 08, Blue Hour received a foul alert of protest when an autonomous group entered into the restaurant and 16 stink bombs were set off inside, right next to the kitchen. This action was taken during dinner hours in order to disrupt business because this restaurant refuses to take the cruel and grotesque foie gras off of their menu.

Foie gras (the liver of a duck or a goose that has been specially fattened) involves force-feeding birds more food than they would eat in the wild, and much more than they would voluntarily eat domestically. The feed, usually corn boiled with fat (to facilitate ingestion), deposits large amounts of fat in the liver, thereby producing the buttery consistency sought by the gastronome. Foie gras production methods, and force feeding in particular, consist of cruel and inhumane treatment of animals. Specific complaints include livers swollen to many times their normal size, impaired liver function, expansion of the abdomen making it difficult for birds to walk, death if the force feeding is continued, and scarring of the esophagus. It's one of the most abusive factory farm products, since workers shove tubes down birds' throats in order to make them consume a grossly large amount of food multiple times each day for the last couple weeks prior to their slaughter. California and more than a dozen countries have banned its production.

There has been a long standing campaign against Blue Hour because they and their customers have been hostile, violent and have refused to even engage in dialogue with people who oppose foie gras production. "We communicated to Blue Hour that this is just a glimpse of what is to come if Blue Hour and their customers continue to engage in animal cruelty. Foie gras stinks, and now so does your bougie restaurant. Fuck Foie Gras!"

- Libirdation Brigade

The Stench of Death 11.Sep.2008 16:22

Karen G.

What an amazing and necessary action. The stink inside of Bluehour after cracking a few stink bombs was hopefully a reminder of the horrific stench of death inside the factory farms that force feed ducks and geese to produce Foie Gras.

Thanks Libirdation Brigade.

A Shocked Patron 11.Sep.2008 16:34

Phil M.

I am a Pearl resident who was unfortunately out to dinner with my cousin when the stink bombs went off. The smell was so bad it made me start tearing up and I nearly vomited. I was really confused at first as to what had happened, but when I asked an employee what that smell was, he said, "It's probably those damn animal rights people protesting foie gras" Unable to deal with the smell, my cousin asked for the check and we left. Luckily we were done with dinner. Still confused, I went home and did some searching and found this website. I had no idea what foie gras even was. Although I probably would never have eaten at Bluehour if my cousin hadn't invited me, I vow to never go again. What a stupid and senseless thing to do to a bird. Thanks for handing me an uncomfortable truth.

The suspense is killing me 11.Sep.2008 16:56

Don't leave me hanging

This was a great action but unfortunately the story lacks details. What was the reaction within the restaurant, did they have to evacuate the patrons, was the dinning room/bar closed for the remainder of the evening, were diners allowed to leave without paying their tabs. Please, give us poor souls who would never have the balls to pull something like this off, but admire YOU for doing it, the entire scenario.

Delicacy of Despair 11.Sep.2008 17:05

Mr. Muscovy


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Keep the pressure on 13.Sep.2008 16:24

Still laughing

So what was the reaction of those inside at the time?