In 2006 Chicago banned the sale of foie gras on the grounds that it was cruel to animals.  The owner of Cyrano’s Bistrot, Didier Durand, fought back by leading a campaign to overturn it.   He was successful, and the ban was lifted in summer of 2008.

But he’s not stopping there.  He’s opening a foie gras museum:

He said: “I’m expecting more protests. I think I’ll have to install surveillance cameras this time.” Mr Durand, 48, who grew up on a farm near Bergerac watching his mother produce the fatty duck livers seen by the French as one of the world’s great delicacies, says he is on a mission to educate Americans about la cuisine Française.

“Foie gras has been produced for 5,000 years. It was the Egyptians who started it and there is nothing bad about it whatsoever,” he told The Times. Mr Durand insists the force-feeding of ducks and geese to fatten their livers, a practice described as abhorrent by opponents, is inoffensive.

Next stop–California:

Now he is turning his attention to California, where Arnold Schwarzenegger, the state’s Governor, plans to prohibit foie gras in 2012. “They want us to eat grass,” Mr Durand said. “But we will not give up. The fight continues.”

Good for him.

From The Center For Consumer Freedom

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