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Animal Rights Activists Speak Out About Foie Gras
by Eric Jonas Tuesday, May. 18, 2004 at 10:34 AM

The Pittsburgh animal rights group Voices for Animal Liberation has been asking local restaurants to remove foie gras from their menus. Foie gras is made by force-feeding a duck or goose one third of his body weight every day by having a metal pipe forced down his throat.

Anti-foie gras picketers working with the local animal rights group Voices for Animal Liberation (VAL) have become a familiar site outside the South Craig Street restaurant Lucca in recent months. The activists are asking the restaurant to take the pricey appetizer off their menu because its production involves egregious cruelty to animals.

Foie gras is the fattened liver of a duck or goose who is force fed three times a day by having a metal pipe forced down his throat. The bird is forced to eat one-third of his body weight every day until he contracts the painful liver disease hepatic lipidosis. Right before he would die of this disease he is slaughtered, and the fattened, diseased liver is sold as the delicacy foie gras.

In addition to being force fed nearly to death, ducks and geese on foie gras farms are forced to endure intensive confinement, living in squalid cages or pens with little room to move, flap their wings, and are denied any access to water in which to swim, which is a necessary behavior for the well-being of ducks.

Calling foie gras production “one of the cruelest and most unnecessary abuses that animals face�, VAL activists have been working since January to make Pittsburgh foie gras-free. So far they have gotten two restaurants, Baum Vivant on Baum Boulevard, and the Carlton downtown, to take the dish off their menus, and are currently focusing on the Italian establishment Lucca.

The protesters can be seen at least twice per week outside the restaurant holding signs and passing out leaflets that ask concerned people to write or call Lucca, asking them to take foie gras off their menu permanently.

Lucca can be contacted at:

Steve Thompson, Chef
Joe Jordan, Owner
317 S. Craig Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
(412) 682-3310

You can learn more about Voices for Animal Liberation’s Foie Gras-Free Pittsburgh campaign at

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Foie gras ban in California
by Michael Croland Tuesday, May. 18, 2004 at 7:16 PM

Today the California Senate passed SB 1520, which aims to ban the production and sales of foie gras in California. It'll now go before the State Assembly.

California is one of only two states in the US where there are foie gras farms. There is also legislation under consideration in the other, New York. England, Israel, and a dozen countries have already banned foie gras production. It looks like California and New York are on that path too.

Hopefully Lucca and other Pittsburgh restaurants will take note of this trend and stop selling foie gras. It's too cruel to be legal!

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Split personality?
by Insight Thursday, May. 20, 2004 at 10:20 PM

Does anyone believe that Michael Croland and Eric Jonas are two different people? Has anyone ever seen them in the same room at the same time? Come on, stop responding to your own posts.

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Lucca Protest
by pjd Saturday, May. 22, 2004 at 11:04 AM

Isn't this a pretty minor issue? I have eaten at Luccas a couple times for my wife's birthday (expensive but quite good), never heard of "foie gras", and I'm sure few ever ordered it, until you started this protest.

Why do you seem to put the welfare of some birds over the greater number of your fellow homo Sapiens are suffering horribly under US military and capitalist and zionist subjugation? Is it possible that this prioritizing of the welfare of small-brained animals over humans is the result of too much time spent in sheltered white bourgeois US culture?

Why don't you find one of those synagogues which have a "support Israel campaign" banners over their entrances and deface that. You should go just a couple blocks down 5th and sit in front of Rodef Shalom and put graffiti on it until it stops organizing aid to zionist ethnic cleansing.

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hierarchy of issues?
by Rebecca Saturday, May. 22, 2004 at 2:47 PM

pjd: and why do you presume that everyone's into single-issue?

Haven't you had enough animal rights-oriented people around you by now to know that many of them (the majority in the case of the younger ones) are also deeply involved in anti-war and other issues that you would presumably find more "important." Personally I find your comments pretty offensive.

It's a tired argument and one usually brought up to excuse the fact that you personally have no interest in animal rights and don't want to be made to think about it. If we all have to focus only on the "important" issues (in your opinion) then the "lesser" ones (idem) will never be dealt with.

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People vs. Ducks
by pjd Saturday, May. 22, 2004 at 7:00 PM

Events over the past week in Gaza have been horrific. I find little news on this site that it is being addressed. Meanwhile, news is leaking in that thousands of Haitans have been killed or dissapeared, many with the help of the US Marines, since the US coup against Aristide.

What do you thing someone in Fallujah, Najaf, Rafah, or Port-au-Prince would think about us if they visited this site and saw most of the news about recent activism in Pittsburgh revolved around about saving some ducks? They would think we are pretty out of touch.

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Ducks & Zionists
by Yassar Duckfat Sunday, May. 23, 2004 at 5:12 AM

The only good Goose, is a Dead Goose. We will eat the livers of these capitalist zionist geese. We will no longer sit idly by while our brother Ducks are cruelly tortured for the gastronomic pleasures of the capitalists, zionisist and French. Rise up and protest against these pigs. Rise up and protest Pork while your at it.

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by vincent / blast furnace radio Sunday, May. 23, 2004 at 8:27 PM

in the north american culture no stone is left unturned when it comes to violence. violence applied to every area of life.

there is no hierarchy, we must widen our circle of compassion. for old fart activist it is to understand how the latest wave of activists do not see the world as the old left.

when i was in baghdad i was deeply touched to meet homeless families living in bombed out buildings. this meant much to me as someone who has opened up his home to the homeless.

i was equally moved when i came face to face with an animal that was bred to be worked to death...

the comments section of pgh. indymedia, no fault of thier own, many times generates more heat than light...

as people of concern we do have the luxury to be devided and to not get along. our backs are up against the wall, we must make no enemies and learn to understand one another and work together.

see you at the lucca's

vincent scotti eirene'

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people vs. ducks
by D. Tuesday, May. 25, 2004 at 5:01 PM

Such cruelty against any sentient being is despicable.It's effect desensitizes one's soul to all violence, suffering and pain.

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"you speak up for animal rights, it will delete you"
by another lie Wednesday, May. 18, 2005 at 11:02 AM

This is simply untrue.


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yet another lie
by liar detector Wednesday, May. 18, 2005 at 11:07 AM

Yes, let's take the word of a pathological liar, shall we?

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" this decision is made by one editor but is carried out by a staff of dozens"
by SF-IMC "staff" member Wednesday, May. 18, 2005 at 11:11 AM

There are not "dozens" of us. Nessie speaks only for himself. Editorial decisions are made collectively and carried out by individuals. As a group, we are divided on animal rights. Some of us are supporters, others are not.

These lies being circulated about us are prime examples of classic COINTELPRO:

Just as in COINTELPRO days, lies are being used to discredit and divide organized opposition. Don't fall for it.

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beth maks a great point
by stan Thursday, Jun. 02, 2005 at 9:18 PM

the sf dung heap needs regulation or just pull the plug
a call to these pepole would show good taste and judgement

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