Wednesday, March 29, 2006

No pate for the pope

On the pop front, the pope has sounded off on the foie gras controversy; for those of you who haven't been following the controversy, some major chefs have quit using goose liver foie gras (that's the same as pate, no?) because geese are being force fed to make their livers large. (I'm sure this is only the tip of the cruelty iceberg for the geese, much less the factory-raised chickens, pigs, and cows that fill supermarket cases everyday.) Anyway, the pope speaks:

"Certainly, a sort of industrial use of creatures, so that geese are fed in such a way as to produce as large a liver as possible, or hens live so packed together that they become just caricatures of birds, this degrading of living creatures to a commodity seems to me in fact to contradict the relationship of mutuality that comes across in the Bible."

Can we expect an encyclical on this soon? I can predict the beginning line: "The church has always loved geese ... "


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