I do eat some meat (chicken and turkey 99% of the time), so in that way I’m contributing to the industrialized killing of animals, just like most of the rest of the country. However, there’s a slight difference between that and eating something that resulted from an animal being force-fed until its organs nearly explode. Foie gras is simply animal torture with the sole purpose of pleasing some human’s tastebuds. It’s a grotesque luxury item. The “foodies” will tell you that the birds are roaming freely around the yard, happy and comfortable, and occasionally someone comes by and “gently” funnels a mass of food directly down their gullets. Um, even if that was true (and I’m not convinced it is), does that make it any less of an asshole thing to do? On the asshole scale it’s right up there with people who make or eat veal. The foodies can suck it on this one.
Foie gras is made by force feeding birds until their livers swell up. It is the Abu Ghraib of poultry dishes. Many people believe that eating any sort of meat is immoral, because you have to kill an animal to do it. I am not even arguing that position in this blog post. I am arguing the much more modest position that you should not torture your food before you eat it.
“Why eat food that only involves killing an animal, when I could eat food that also involves torturing an animal?” – A foie gras aficionado, and an asshole.