Activists stage protest against foie gras in Reno

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Updated: 7/28/2014 6:12 am

RENO, Nev. (AP) — About 20 activists gathered outside a Reno museum to protest the serving of duck and goose liver pate in a public building.

Billy Howard of the group called Foie Gras Free Reno says activists were upset a local company rented the Wilbur D. May Museum and offered meals that included a foie gras creme brulee dessert.

He says the offering was unacceptable because the museum is operated by Washoe County at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park.

Protesters passed out pamphlets to attendees on Saturday night and waved placards reading, "Tortured Ducks and Geese" and "There's Nothing Tasty about Animal Cruelty."

Howard says county officials told him the contract for renting public space doesn't allow them to intervene.

In 2004, California lawmakers gave chefs and the state's sole producer of the fatty duck liver seven years to comply with a law outlawing the sale and manufacturing of foie gras, arguing that the force-feeding required to produce the delicacy is inhumane.

Its sale and manufacture is legal in Nevada.


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Kramer - 7/28/2014 5:55 PM
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what about veal? same deal. boiling live shellfish (crustaceans)? ouch

Kramer - 7/28/2014 5:54 PM
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phooey! grass. U ain't livered 'till U try it

hairballusa - 7/28/2014 4:12 PM
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I appreciate the protestors' efforts. There are plenty of humane ways to raise, and yes kill, animals for food. Why would you go out of your way to torture them, just to cram more fat into their livers? Most folks who speak out against the activists seem to be conservatives, and most conservatives will claim to be Christians, yet they think nothing to torturing God's creations. Every decision we make in life, in how to live, how to eat, and how to treat all of God's creations reflects back on the person you are. Think it through.

Corndogg - 7/28/2014 4:04 PM
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Yeah I'm protesting! You don't combine Foie Gras with Cremebrule Mr. Fancypants!

local veteran - 7/28/2014 11:45 AM
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idiots like this are why farmers in Sacramento can't produce food because of some stupid smelt. their motto: "we saved the fish.. but we're starving anyway!"

oldguy - 7/28/2014 11:32 AM
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Why do so many people have nothing better to do than get upset over stupid things? Who is this hurting? Oh yeah, the ducks and geese who are already dead. Good grief people, get a life, make new friends, get a hobby but get out of my face with the stupidity. I get enough of that from the politicians.

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