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Assemblyman Panter on proposed Foie Gras Ban in New Jersey

Posted by: Stu Chaifetz

I received the following from Assemblyman Panter's office regarding
his campaign against foie gras. So far they've gotten 262 emails
supporting his position and only 19 against. I know many of those
emails came from this list, so thank you very much for your help!

Stuart Chaifetz
Director, Animal Protection PAC

October 2, 2006

Dear Friend:

As you may know, I am currently working on a proposal to ban the
production, sale and distribution of foie gras in New Jersey. I am
reaching out to you for your help in this effort, which as you can
imagine will likely be an uphill battle.

Foie gras, considered by some to be a delicacy, is the fattened liver
of a duck or a goose which has been overfed. Producers of foie gras
force a long metal pipe down the throats of ducks and or geese, which
are force-fed massive amounts of grain. The process results in the
animals' livers swelling up to 10 times their normal size.

The size of the feedings these ducks and geese receive creates a
great deal of internal pressure. In some cases, the metal pipe
punctures the animal's esophagus, causing it to choke to death on its
own blood. Still others choke on their own vomit and die or literally

Since I announced my work on this bill, which I am hoping to
introduce as soon as the Assembly is back in session, I began hearing
feedback from the industries that benefit from the sale of foie gras.
Some argue that foie gras "has been around for 4,000 years," which is
no reason to continue what is clearly a barbaric practice. Others
express concern for people who make their living from this industry.
While I can sympathize with those companies and individuals, putting
an end to the outright torture of innocent creatures has to take

Some individuals have argued that I shouldn't use my position as a
legislator to "dictate personal choices." Although I am a vegetarian,
I have never used my position to try to force others to make the same
choice. This issue is not about that; it is about stopping a horribly
inhumane practice.

Finally, my staff and I have heard from some that I should be
spending my time addressing the issues that are most important to New
Jerseyans instead of focusing on foie gras. I have been focused for
three years on property taxes, education, ethics reform, and I
continue to do so for sometimes fifty hours per week, though
technically the Legislature is a part-time job. I do not accept the
argument that if there is a particularly cruel torture of animals
taking place you can not speak out on it until every problem in the
world is solved. We can, and do, walk and chew gum at the same time
as the saying goes.

In my mind questioning whether we as a society should condone the
torture of animals is a very important topic, and discussing it does
not for an instant mean that our main focus does not remain on other
issues as well.

I could certainly use your help in moving this bill forward, and the
best way for you to pitch in is by writing to your legislators, or
writing letters to the editor.

You can use the state Legislature website at to email your legislator directly or to
find his/her contact information.

Letters can be sent to the Asbury Park Press at, to the Star Ledger at, to the Times
of Trenton at, and to
the New York Times at

Letters can be sent to The New York Post and the Courier-Post by
following these links:>New York

Thank you for your continuing support on this and so many other
issues. If there is anything I can do for you, please don't hesitate
to contact me.

Mike Panter
Assemblyman, 12th District
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