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Proposed Foie Gras Ban Is Ironic At Best

Two weeks ago, the Governor of New York lit up landmarks in pink to celebrate a law allowing abortion up until birth. It also eliminated all criminal penalties for killing an unborn child. Last week, a Manhattan councilwoman proposed a ban on foie gras.

For the uninitiated, foie gras is made from the fattened liver of ducks or geese. The animals are overfed to produce the product and it is a practice most animal rights advocates abhor. A challenge to California’s ban has been rejected by the Supreme Court leaving the state’s ban in place. New York City intends to follow suit.

Do I have a particular problem with this ban? Maybe. It is certainly not an issue that keeps me up at night. Is force-feeding waterfowl so you can kill it and puree it’s liver cruel on its face, sure. Am I going to obsess over something less than 1% of restaurants in New York City serve? Probably not.

What stopped me in my tracks after the last two weeks is the councilwoman’s comments:

Councilwoman Carlina Rivera (D-Lower Manhattan) told The Post her bill proposing to make sale of the fattened-goose-liver pate criminal is “common sense” because the foie gras production process is “egregious” and has been wrongly “tolerated” for “far too long” in the Big Apple.

“City bill would ban foie gras in New York for animal cruelty”, Rich Calder, The New York Post, February 3, 2019

It gets better. Rivera’s colleague, Justin Brannan from Brooklyn added:

Force-feeding a bird for the sole purpose of making it sick to create some bizarre delicacy is gruesome and inhumane. This may have been acceptable in 2500 BC but I think we know better now.

“City bill would ban foie gras in New York for animal cruelty”, Rich Calder, The New York Post, February 3, 2019

Great guys. I get your argument about ducks and geese. How about we apply the same logic to babies in the womb? Your state just legalized the murder of viable infants until moments before their first breath.

Could we maybe apply the logic to fetal growth and development that you apply to factory farming? Not that New York’s abortion expansion would ever have been viewed as acceptable to those who value life, but isn’t it clear that with advances in neonatology and science we should certainly know better now?

We know a baby is pain-capable when it passes through the fairy dust that abortion advocates would like us to believe is in the birth canal. Do you think they might be a month or five before that? Led by deep blue New York City, the state just passed a law that allows the ultimate cruelty to humans and these heroes are worried about ducks.

Progressives will never fail to amaze me in their logical inconsistency. If you will go the great lengths to prevent the suffering of a goose, how do you skim over the suffering of a human baby? Or worse yet, celebrate it?

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