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SF Supes Embark on Foie Gras Goose Chase

Vote today on commending restaurants for taking fatty liver of the menu



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    Just so you know, here's a foie gras operation in upstate New York.

    The San Francisco Board of Supervisors is looking to wade into the muck of the "Foie Gras Wars," holding a vote today on whether to support restaurants that have taken the rich treat of their menus.

    Foie gras, the fattened liver from a goose, is considered one of the top delicacies in all of culinary creation.

    But animal rights activists consider the production of the organ meat a form of torture, as it involves feeding geese grain through a tube -- mimicking the gorging the animals undergo before migrating.

     "This humane resolution will help to encourage restaurants to get ahead of the curve and remove this product of cruel animal torture without waiting for the ban to go into effect in three years," said San Francisco Animal Control and Welfare Commissioner Philip Gerrie.

     Posh restaurants like Market One still serve the item. Monty Python funnyman John Cleese was spotted there dining on "pan-seared artisan foie gras" just last Thursday.

    The motion, proposed by district five Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, would have no legally-binding effects. But a statewide ban will go into effect in 2012.

    Chicago banned foie gras in 2006, but lifted the ban after two years.

    Jackson West will be having an Ortolan to celebrate if the bill passes.