Wednesday, August 16, 2006

West of Paris, Grand Opening

I have debated and debated about whether to post this or not, but I’d hate for an unsuspecting person to go to West of Paris only to be horrified.

I was deeply disappointed to see that West of Paris will be selling foie gras. For that reason alone, I will refuse to patronize the business, no matter how delicious other menu items look or sound — it’s a matter of ethics for me.

The process used to make foie gras is animal cruelty, pure and simple. Fifteen nations (including the UK, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland, and Israel — formerly the fourth largest producer in the world) have banned force-feeding birds for foie gras production. The City of Chicago has banned the sale of foie gras, and Philadelphia is likely to follow. Beginning 2012, the production and sale of foie gras from force-fed birds will be banned in the State of California.

I won’t go into the horrifying and graphic details of how foie gras is produced, but for those who want to learn more, you can check out Wikipedia. You can also Google it, but WARNING: there’s a lot of deeply disturbing (although accurate) information and photos you’ll find.

Very disappointing that foie gras will be sold in any Moscow restaurant.


Saundra Lund
Moscow, ID