Thursday, December 21, 2006

Foie gras rebellion in Chicago

Earlier this year, Chicago Alderman Joe Moore gained national attention for his drive to impose "living wages" on big-box retailers such as Wal-Mart, Target, and Lowes. Moore's bill passed Chicago's City Council. That led some of these retailers to put their Chicago expansion drives on hold, until Mayor Richard Daley vetoed the ordinance.

In a lesser way, Moore got some national press for his bill--this one passed and wasn't vetoed--that banned the duck liver delicacy foie gras. Moore and others view the treatment of ducks being prepared for later foie gras treats as being cruel to the birds.

In today's Chicago "free registration required" Tribune, the paper reports that many restaurants are openly serving foie gras--ignoring the new law.

Chicago's City Council needs to focus on "nuts and bolts" issues, like streets and keeping taxes low. However, the city is now considering a trans fat ban.

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