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The shamelessly bourgeois Lucca Ristorante has been targeted by a campaign against Foie Gras, an expensive type of meat produced by cruelly force-feeding ducks and geese to induce disease in their liver.
High-class patrons enjoy "the finest of Northern Italian cuisine along with one of the cities most extensive wine cellars", oblivious to the anti-Foie Gras messages on the exterior of Lucca. Lucca has been the site of public protests by Voices for Animal Liberation. The restaraunt has also received other messages in the form of spray-painted walls and broken windows.
Three photos taken at Lucca on S. Craig Street, May 10-12 2004.
Stop Selling Foie Gras!
by Michael Croland Sunday, May. 16, 2004 at 7:47 AM
Foie gras is the grotesquely oversized, diseased liver of a duck or goose. Foie gras farmers force-feed the animals one-third of their body-weight each day, by painfully shoving long metal pipes down their throats. This causes the animals' livers to grow to about 10 times their healthy size, resulting in an illness called hepatic lipidosis.
Make no mistake about it – the alleged delicacy that Lucca serves to customers is a medical disease. Foie gras ducks suffer pre-slaughter deaths 20 times as often as the animals on other duck farms. Foie gras production is already banned in England, Israel, and a dozen other nations.
Several Pittsburgh restaurants, including Baum Vivant and The Carlton, have recently pledged to never again sell foie gras. Lucca should follow that lead and remove cruelty and disease from their menu.
'Twas the owner
by Investigator Monday, May. 17, 2004 at 3:23 AM
One of the worst insurance fraud cases ever...
I love the creamy texture of foie gras. I even had the opportunity to have so fresh on a duck and goose farm near Avignon.
Plus, I do not think the vandalism was "insurance fraud"...you "protesters" are just too (pardon the expression) CHICKEN to admit to the deed. Maybe someone from the infamous BLACK BLOC (those crazy people) had some leftover paint from a previous dalliance with a diverse tactic?
If you people are going to do grown-up things, then admit to your actions like grown-ups.
Better yet, why don't you stop infringing on peoples' rights, which you are constantly preaching about. People have the right to choose this food and how it is made.
Jorge no rede gud
by ALF Thursday, May. 20, 2004 at 11:07 AM
For such an alleged expert on domestic terrorism in the big city, kramer, you seem to miss out on some pretty glaringly obvious signs that it wasn't your black bloc or the feeble college kids, but the wannabe mobster who owns the joint.
I've also read few things on bathroom walls in highway rest stops about your love of creamy textures...