Convicted "Terrorists" To Join Protest Against Portland Restaurants Serving Foie Gras
On Eve of Let Live National Animal Rights Conference, Protestors & Activists Convicted as Terrorists Will Assemble at 6:30pm Saturday, June 26th, at Beast Restaurant, 5425 NE 30th Ave., Portland, OR 97211. At 7:30pm the Activists Will March to a Second Demonstration at Le Pigeon.
Portland, Oregon - On Saturday, June 26th at 6:30pm the Portland Animal Defense League will be staging a unique protest event against two Portland restaurants that sell the fatty goose liver dish foie gras. Peter Young, Jeffery Luers, Andrew Stepanian, and Darius Fullmer who have been charged, convicted, and incarcerated as "domestic terrorists" will be joining the Animal Defense League in addressing the restaurants & press about the extreme cruelty involved in the production of foie gras. Beast Restaurant and Le Pigeon are the last of Portland's restaurants to continue to sell foie gras. The fatted goose liver pâté is only made by the force-feeding of factory-farmed geese, a violent and abusive process that the Animal Defense League calls "extreme and depraved."
For the activists charged as terrorists the extreme production methods involved in bringing foie gras to the table underscores the disconnect that patrons have with the food they consume as well as a disconnect with the definition of extremism and terrorism. The most severe of the allegations levied against the four men imprisoned as terrorists involved only non-violent crimes against property and not what most would commonly associate with terrorism. To them the production of foie gras is one that inflicts terror on the geese and one of extreme cruelty and excess. "Foie gras is cruel and extremely inhumane," states Jeffrey Luers, who in 2000 was charged and incarcerated for setting fire to three SUV's at the Romania car dealership in Eugene, Oregon.
Foie gras, French for "fatty liver," consists of the grotesquely enlarged and diseased livers of ducks and geese. The birds are kept in tiny wire cages or crowded into sheds. Pipes used to force-feed the ducks and geese often puncture the birds' throats sometimes causing them to bleed to death.
"Foie gras is inhumane. The nature of this supposed "delicacy" requires torture in the form of force-feeding ducks and geese mass quantities of grain," says Kayla Hanson of the Portland Animal Defense League.
"This extremely cruel procedure invokes a very real terror in the geese who are subjected to it," says Andrew Stepanian a New York activist who in 2004 was indicted and jailed on terrorism charges for his alleged role in a conspiracy to bankrupt the New Jersey animal testing facility Huntingdon Life Sciences. "96% of Americans say that animals deserve at least some protection from harm and exploitation, however, ducks and geese raised for foie gras are treated in ways that shock the consciences of all decent people and not just so-called 'animal extremists' such as myself."
More than a dozen countries have prohibited foie gras production. Wolfgang Puck doesn't use foie gras, and many restaurants have removed it from their menus. It is alarming to many that in a city as progressive as Portland the practice of serving foie gras is even being debated. The Animal Defense League, Portland hopes to close this debate and end the practice of serving foie gras once and for all.
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