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12 years ago
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I realized I made a huge mistake on voting here.  Unfortunately I didn't realize until one of my care2 friend pointed it out to me...It's very tricky and I admit I was careless; therefore I am reposting this thread with the correct subject. (this link you can vote for both)

What do you think of the ban on foie gras?

I support it


I don't support it



Have you ever eaten foie gras?





12 years ago  (this allows you to VOTE)

Do you agree with the aldermen's ban on the sale of foie gras?


YES-2305 (VOTE 75% …% of 3080 votes

NO-690 (VOTE 22% ……% of 3080 votes

Undecided –85 (votes) 3%…% of 3080 votes,1,4673467.story?coll=chi-news-hed&vote25002721=1 (this WON’T ALLOW you to VOTE, except showing the voting result)

Do you agree with the foie gras ban?

Yes (4412 responses)

No (7107 responses)

11519 total responses
(Poll results not scientific)

12 years ago

City Council Bids Adieu To Foie GrasAldermen Vote To Ban Duck Delicacy

POSTED: 5:18 pm CDT April 26, 2006
UPDATED: 6:15 pm CDT April 26, 2006
CHICAGO -- Forget about skyrocketing gas prices, soaring property tax assessments and corruption that has federal investigators crawling all over City Hall. Aldermen have a more pressing concern: foie gras.

Chicago restaurants can no longer sell the pricey liver delicacy that most Chicagoans can’t afford, have never tasted and probably never will, under an ordinance unanimously approved at Wednesday’s City Council meeting over Mayor Richard M. Daley’s derisive objections.

“We have children getting killed by gang leaders and dope dealers. We have real issues here in this city. And we’re dealing with foie gras? Let’s get some priorities. Our priorities should be children, the quality of education. It should be seniors. We should worry about the gas price. We should worry about the global economy,” Daley said.
“I think we have four restaurants that serve foie gras. ... Someone talks about foie gras this week. What’s next week? What’s on your menu. ... You tell me what’s next week? We’re gonna decide what you should eat and what you should do? ... France is very proud of it, right? Maybe next they’ll start out wanting to [ban] French fries because of the name ‘French fries’ and maybe someone doesn’t like France," the mayor said.

Alderman Joe Moore (49th Ward) made no apologies for championing the foie gras ban. He contends the Council can walk and chew gum at the same time.

"It's not going to cost the taxpayers a single nickel. It’s not taking away any funds from any other city services or human service programs. It’s simply outlawing the product of a cruel and inhumane practice. That’s all it does,” Moore said.

"Simply because there are other inhumane acts that occur against human beings and there are a lot of problems we need to deal with doesn’t mean that we can’t take a short moment out of the day and forbid the sale of a product ... that’s not going to effect anybody. It’s not required for human sustenance," Moore said.
Veterinarians and animal rights activists have described in graphic detail how geese and ducks suffer while being force-fed to create the enlarged liver delicacy. They’ve made comparisons to the mistreatment of prisoners at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison.

In banning the appetizer, Chicago joins the state of California and a host of countries that have approved similar crackdowns. They include: the United Kingdom, Denmark, Switzerland, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Luxembourg, Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic and Israel.

Famed Chicago chef Charlie Trotter has already stopped serving foie gras, and more than 100 other Illinois restaurants have signed similar pledges.

Moore estimated that "not more than a dozen" local restaurants still serve the controversial appetizer.

Copyright 2006, Chicago Sun-Times Inc.
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Chicago's Foie Gras Ban Going Into Effect
12 years ago


  • A new undercover investigation reveals the cruelty of foie gras
    production in France.
    Click here to view footage taken by French activists.

    Windows Media Player Required.
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Farm Sanctuary worked hard to convince Chicago and Illinois restaurants, veterinarians and farmers to support the Chicago ordinance and the Illinois state bill regarding foie gras. Celebrities such as Betty White, Tippi Hedren, Mimi Kennedy, James Cromwell and Ed Begley, Jr. also wrote letters of support for this crucial legislation. Actress Persia White, United Farm Workers’s Political Director Christine Chavez (grandaughter of labor activist Cesar Chavez) and writer and psychologist Jana Kohl also made stellar contributions to this campaign.

The state of Illinois is also considering a bill to address the cruelty of foie gras production. Senate Bill 413 would prohibit the force-feeding of birds for foie gras in all of Illinois.

Illinois Bill to Stop Foie Gras Cruelty

Foie gras production is notoriously cruel, and many nations now prohibit the inhumane practice of force feeding birds to create this product. Birds raised for foie gras suffer terribly when they are force fed excessive amounts of food multiple times each day, which causes their livers to expand up to ten times their normal size. The birds experience high mortality rates. Among the causes of death, are obesity, ruptured throats, proliferation of bacteria in their digestive tracts, or suffocation when they choke on their own regurgitation. California recently banned these cruel practices, and legislation was been introduced in Illinois in 2005 to
stop this torture as well.

Sen. Kathleen Wojcik introduced Senate Bill 413, which would prohibit the force feeding of birds for foie gras. This humane legislation is a big step toward permanently ending the production of foie gras in the United States.

The Illinois Senate unanimously passed SB 413 (53 to 0) in 2005! The bill was referred to a Study Committee in the Illinois House, but did not come up for a vote in the House before the legislative session ended.

12 years ago

You Can Help!

  • SB 413 has been carried over to the 2006 legislative session. Illinois citizens are again encouraged to contact their state representative to urge him or her to support SB 413. You can find the name of your state (not federal) representative and his/her contact information at
  • Contact local restaurants, and ask them to sign a pledge not to serve foie gras.
  • Also urge Illinois restaurants to write a letter of support for this humane legislation.
  • Write letters to the editors of Illinois newspapers

Hollywood celebrities speak out! Daryl Hannah, Alicia Silverstone, Rue McClanahan, Ally Sheedy, James Cromwell, Betty White, Stefanie Powers, Mimi Kennedy, Earl Holliman and Tippi Hedren support SB 413!

To read a press release about the passage of SB 413 out of committee, click here.

To read a press release about the passage of SB 413 out of the Illinois Senate, click here.

Full text of the bill can be viewed here.


12 years ago

Past Media:

CHICAGO SUN TIMES - December 14, 2005
Letters to the Editor - Foie gras is irresponsible

A ban on foie gras? Could this really be Chicago?

ASSOCIATED PRESS – November 10, 2005
Chicago gets worked up over foie gras (This story was picked up in over 120 media outlets across the country!)

INDIANAPOLIS STAR – November 16, 2005
Where do you stand in fracas over foie gras?

Chicago Gets Worked Up Over Foie Gras CBS News.

Alderman Joe Moore's Op-Ed in the 10/06/05 edition of Washington's The Examiner.

The Chicago foie gras ban on The McLaughlin Group.

Paul McCartney supports Alderman Joe Moore's proposal to prohibit the sale of foie gras in Chicago! Read Paul McCartney's letter of support.

Article in the Chicago Sun-Times by Matthew Scully, a former special assistant for President Bush and author of Dominion: The Power of Man, the Suffering of Animals, and the Call to Mercy.

To learn more about this cruel production method and see what you can do to help tortured birds, please visit:

For more information, please contact Farm Sanctuary at or 607-583-2225 ext 251.

12 years ago

Done and done!!!

Have you ever eaten foie gras?

No 77%

Yes 23%

Total Votes: 140,452

What do you think of the ban on foie gras?

I support it 56%

I don't support it 44%

Total Votes: 133,160

12 years ago

Chicago City Council Passes Ordinance on April 26, 2006 - Sale of Cruel Foie Gras Now Banned Within City Limits!

UPDATE: August 25, 2006

In an historic move, the Chicago City Council banned the sale of cruel foie gras within city limits! The passing of this humane proposal, introduced by Alderman Joe Moore, makes Chicago the first city in America to enact such a measure. The vote relays the humane concerns of Illinois citizens who were recently polled by Zogby, revealing an overwhelming 79 percent of whom agree that foie gras production should be banned in the state. This legislation will have repercussions across the country. This is a triumph for farm animals everywhere and the individuals who advocate on their behalf.

The ordinance shall be in full force and effect on August 22, 2006 and will impose fines of up to $500 for violators. Click here to read Farm Sanctuary's press release on the ordinance enactment.

Thank You to all who contacted your Aldermen and worked to help pass this humane ordinance! This ordinance would not have been passed without YOU! Every call, every petition, every letter to your Aldermen was instrumental in getting this ordinance passed. Thank you for joining Farm Sanctuary’s efforts to end the suffering created by foie gras!

The Chicago Tribune ran an editorial criticizing the Chicago City Council for being meddlesome. Thanks to all activists who responded to our urgent action alert and posted comments! The newspaper will publish all responses online and in the August 25, 2006 edition, Voice of the People section.

What You Can Do Now!

Chicago residents, it is critical for animal advocates to weigh in on this discussion immediately! Please express your support to the Chicago City Council for voting for this humane legislation by contacting your local media outlets. Explain why you believe it was important for the Chicago City Council to take this compassionate stand and why you are proud to live in a City that is willing to address humane animal issues. The Council is taking a hit from the Chicago media as a result of their actions, even though they work for a wide variety of social issues.

Some things you may want to say are:

-Force feeding birds to make foie gras is cruel and should not be accepted in our society.

-We, as a nation, should not support animal cruelty.

-The Chicago City Council acted appropriately and Chicago should be proud.

-Certain acts involving harm are not a choice and abusing animals is not an option.

-Chicago chefs are selling themselves short by worrying about the foie gras sale ban. They should consider this an opportunity to utilize their creative culinary skills to produce a delicious and humane alternative.

    We must now continue working to ban the production of foie gras nationwide. With this historic city ordinance in Chicago, we are positioned like never before to end one of the most egregious factory farming abuses known. Countering our efforts, the foie gras industry has created the North American Foie Gras Association to promote its interests in the United States. Donate now to Farm Sanctuary’s No Foie Gras Campaign!

  • Please thank Alderman Moore for introducing this compassionate measure.
    • Alderman Joe Moore
      7356 N. Greenview Ave.
      Chicago, IL 60626
      Phone: 773-338-5796
      Fax: (773) 338-5989

  • 12 years ago

    Do you agree with the foie gras ban?,1,4673467.story?coll=chi-news-hed&vote25002721=1&ctrack=1&cset=true

    Chicago's wild foie gras chase

    Mayor Daley calls the ban the `silliest' law. Restaurants across town serve up the delicacy in defiance. Now the question is whether city officials will actually try to enforce the new law.

    By Josh Noel, Brendan McCarthy and James Janega, Tribune staff reporters. Tribune staff reporters Michael Higgins, Gerry Doyle and Mickey Ciokajlo contributed to this report
    Published August 23, 2006

    Foie gras appeared on pizza on Archer Avenue Tuesday, complemented cornbread and catfish at a South Side soul food place, and was stacked on sausages like pats of butter at a gourmet hot dog joint on the North Side.

    Chicago's immediate reaction to a city ordinance banning foie gras--the French dish made from the livers of force-fed ducks and geese--was to embrace the gray goo like never before, in flights of culinary imagination.

    Rhetoric and pate abounded on the first day of the City Council's ban, as restaurateurs and gourmands openly flouted the prohibition--cultured, giddy, goose-liver-fueled acts of defiance.

    On Tuesday morning the Illinois Restaurant Association filed a lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court seeking to overturn the ban, accusing the City Council of overstepping its authority.

    At the same time, many diners tried the dish for the first time, drawn to the outlaw pate out of curiosity or desire to chomp on the wild side.

    Some profusely thanked the restaurateurs who served it. Others laughed as they nibbled away, rolling their eyes at Chicago's avant-garde concern for poultry.

    The city Department of Public Health delayed enforcement, and even Mayor Richard Daley raised his hands in bewilderment.

    "I think it's the silliest law that they've ever passed," he said Tuesday.

    Call it the City Council's foie gras faux pas.

    The ban began with the outrage of animal rights activists, who cited the cruelty of force-feeding ducks and geese with tubes until their livers swelled to 10 times normal size.

    But Tuesday brought an opportunity to goose the ban's proponents.

    "Why would they pick this and not anything else?" Daley asked. "How about veal? How about chicken? How about steak? Beef? How about fish?"

    If a foie gras ban is OK, Daley said, "all of a sudden, you can question any type, basically, anything that can be served in a restaurant. The poor snails and the mussels and the shrimp. I could go on and on. The lobsters."

    $250 to $500 fines

    In April, aldermen promised fines for violators ranging from $250 to $500 beginning Tuesday. The city Public Health Department unenthusiastically accepted the responsibility of overseeing it--and promptly put it off until the heat blew over.

    "We're not exactly chomping at the bit to devote resources to this," said Tim Hadac, spokesman for the Public Health Department.

    But they would enforce the law, he added, beginning Wednesday. Complaints will be taken through the city's 311 information line, or by e-mail to the Department of Public Health, he said. The department will mail warnings to restaurants on a first offense and send inspectors with ticket books for a second complaint.

    "I don't expect them to go out with SWAT teams inspecting every restaurant in the city of Chicago," said Ald. Joe Moore, who sponsored the ban. "But if somebody were to register a complaint with the appropriate city department, I would hope they would go out and investigate."

    Allen Sternweiller, executive chef and co-owner of Allen's New American Cafe, whose company is a plaintiff in the restaurant association's lawsuit, said Chicago is getting an unwanted reputation based on its proposals regarding trans fat and foie gras.

    "Some of my colleagues (around the country) call Chicago `The Nanny City,'" Sternweiller said.