Today in useless campaigns: Foie gras pulled from UK menu over death threats
Amid internet death threats and online harassment from animal rights activists (more bad apples, folks) a United Kingdom chef has removed foie gras from the menu for Valentine’s day weekend. While foie gras is an incredibly cruel practice, what I find frustrating is that a few nasty individuals dove into hysterics instead of using their passion to fight for a vegan society. All animal exploitation is cruel, not just one specific dish.
According to Time, “Mark Dixon, an award winning chef, posted the Valentine’s Day menu on Facebook in January. For 50 pounds per person, diners could indulge in a specialty tasting menu that included vodka cured salmon and grilled halibut. Also on the menu, foie gras and chicken liver parfait which drew the ire of activists. Soon after the menu was posted, the restaurant was reportedly bombarded with phone calls, threats, and fake reservations.” Oh, fabulous! So Time was able to publish an article that made activists look bad, and the activists themselves conveniently left the plight of fish out of their fury.
It’s utter silliness to go up in arms over these single issue campaigns that look the “most” extreme and the “most” cruel. Time has their fodder, activists look crazed, and nobody wins.