California chef Amar Santana said that now that his name, address, cell phone, and email have been published, he’s going to stop selling foie.
“Those people care about animals more than people sand they’re getting the support of the government to get away with what they want,” he said. “I’m not serving it anymore because this is getting out of hand.” –from Buzzfeed online article (http://www.buzzfeed.com/emofly/animal-rights-activists-hack-foie-gras-website-publish-custo)
[Press Office note: A communique from underground animal liberationists this week touted hacking into foie gras producer Hudson Valley’s website and releasing the names of many of their California customers. Foie gras, French for “fatty liver,” is the fattened liver of a duck or a goose and is regarded by some as a delicacy. Production of foie gras is unusually cruel because the birds are force-fed a corn mash through a metal tube several times a day, so that they gain weight and their livers become 10 times their natural size. Force-feeding sometime injures the esophagus of the bird, which may lead to death. Additionally, the fattened ducks and geese may have difficulty walking, vomit undigested food, and/or suffer in extreme confinement. The United States and Canada kill 500,000 birds per year in foie gras production. In 2004, California enacted a ban on the sale and production foie gras that took effect in 2012.]