April 19, 2014
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The organizer of past protests of Foie Gras
Week in Philadelphia is sitting out this year.
Humane League of Philadelphia organizer Nick Cooney says his
group - formerly called "Hugs for Puppies" - hasn't found
picketing restaurants to be effective. He says the group now
focuses on persuading institutions such as colleges to stop buying
eggs from hens confined to tight cages.
During Foie Gras Week, which starts Friday, more than 18
Philadelphia restaurants temporarily add at least one $5 foie gras
dish to the menu.
Opponents of foie gras contend that the method of engorging a
duck or goose liver to make the dish is cruel. Others say it can be
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