United Poultry Concerns December 4 , 2006

San Diego Meeting Dec 6 to Ban Foie Gras: Help is Needed!

The Animal Protection and Rescue League and In Defense of Animals have drafted an ordinance to ban the sale of foie gras in San Diego, California. A hearing on the ordinance is set for tomorrow, Dec. 6, at 2PM on the 12th floor of the City Administration Building, 202 C Street, San Diego 92101. If you're in the area, please attend and show your support!  
And please call and/or write to the council members below. When you do, be sure to mention if you live in one of their districts. If you don't know, find out at:
Here are the councilmembers' addresses, phone & fax numbers: PLEASE WRITE OR CALL TODAY! (See quick talking points below. Visit www.banfoiegras.com for information.)

Help ban cruel "foie gras" in San Diego once and for all!

After two years of campaigning and convincing most restaurants in San Diego to stop selling "foie gras" (liver from cruelly force fed ducks), we may soon have a local ban on the sale of this product of animal torture. Councilmember Donna Frye, Chair of the Natural Resources Committee, is giving APRL the opportunity to present our case next week to her committee for why foie gras should be banned in San Diego.

Please contact the offices of the below committee members who will be voting on whether to pass this ordinance on to the full City Council:

Councilmember Kevin Faulconer
202 C Street, MS #10A
San Diego, CA 92101
Telephone: (619) 236-6622
Fax: (619) 236-6996

Councilmember Toni Atkins
 202 C Street, MS #10A
 San Diego, CA 92101
 Telephone: (619) 236-6633
 Fax: (619) 595-1481
 Email: toniatkins@sandiego.gov

Councilmember Donna Frye
202 "C" Street, MS #10A
San Diego, CA 92101
Telephone: (619) 236-6616
Fax: (619) 236-7329
Email: donnafrye@sandiego.gov

Councilmember Ben Hueso
202 "C" Street, MS #10A
San Diego, CA 92101
Telephone: (619) 236-6688
Fax: (619) 231-7918
E-Mail: benhueso@sandiego.gov

Talking points:
  • Foie gras is always made by force feeding ducks or geese to the point of organ rupture and death, in order to enlarge their livers up to 10 times their normal size.
  • Many restaurants in San Diego have already removed foie gras because of the cruelty. Its production has been banned in 15 countries around the world, and Chicago recently banned the sale as well.
  • A California law passed in 2003 will make it illegal to produce or sell foie gras anywhere in the state, but that law does not take effect until 2012. The San Diego City Attorney recently issued a memo stating that local cities have the authority to ban the item in the meantime.
  • For more information on APRL and IDA's campaign against the cruelty of foie gras, visit www.banfoiegras.com.

Be sure when you are calling or writing to mention if you live in one of these councilmember's districts. You can find out whose district you are in at www.sandiego.gov/citycouncil/.

Please also attend the hearing on Dec. 6 at 2pm on the 12th floor of the City Administration Building, 202 C St., San Diego 92101 and show your support!

Bryan W. Pease
Attorney at Law
302 Washington St. #404
San Diego, CA 92103
p (619) 723-0369
f (619) 923-1001

The Animal Protection & Rescue League is a non-profit, volunteer-run organization that has been incredibly successful since our inception in 2002. We have done numerous animal cruelty investigations into factory farms, garnered major national and international media coverage for the plight of farmed animals, blown the lid on the cruel foie gras industry and filed a lawsuit that led to a California bill to ban foie gras altogether ( www.banfoiegras.com). APRL is the only animal protection group in the country that has done an animal cruelty investigation that has led to a bill banning an entire industry!  Some of our other recent victories include successfully lobbying for a bill banning the sale of foie gras in the City of Chicago, convincing nearly every restaurant San Diego and dozens more around the country to stop serving this cruel dish, ending wildlife poisoning in the City of Del Mar, leading countless crews of vegan outreach teams, airing our factory farm footage in 30 second commercials on MTV with a "go vegan" message, constructing library displays to raise awareness about factory farming, and much more!

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