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Staten Island: City Councilman Joe Borelli took to Twitter on Thursday to show his opposition to the proposed ban on foie gras. While a Mason Dixon survey reveals that 81% of New Yorkers support the ban, Borelli seems to be all for continuing to let this barbaric practice represent New York City’s values.
The birds enslaved by the foie gras industry are force-fed using a long metal pipe until their livers are approximately 10 times as large as they are supposed to be. PETA investigations reveal horrific conditions at farms and slaughterhouses where foie gras is produced. At the first hearing concerning the ban, which Borelli did not attend, veterinarians and experts expressed concern that, aside from the horrific confinement and slaughter of the birds, enlarging a duck or goose’s liver is unhealthy, unnatural and inhumane.
According to NYC Foie Gras, 1.5% of New York City restaurants serve foie gras. It is clear that many individuals don’t eat it regularly, if at all. Chefs like Wolfgang Puck have spoken out against it because they feel it is inhumane. Why harm birds you fed in the park as a child? It isn’t logical to teach our children to be kind to certain animals and let others unnecessarily suffer.
When I saw Borelli’s tweet, I was angry that he didn’t care because, according to him, his “constituents really really enjoy eating animals.” I thought I could tweet my concerns to him and get an informed response. I was wrong. If you disagree with Borelli, don’t try to have an informed debate, just “leave [him] alone.” Vanessa Sol
Yonkers: I have a question about your editorial decisions: How does a six-paragraph story about a has-been from an MTV reality show being released from prison merit page 3 placement, but a three-paragraph story about an explosion at the U.S. embassy in Afghanistan lands at the bottom of page 7 (“ ‘Situation’ to be freed from prison,” Sept. 12)? Inquiring minds want to know. Charles Yochim
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