Below: Animal Protection & Rescue League co-founders Kath Rogers and Bryan Pease, California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom (then San Francisco mayor), and Compassion Over Killing campaigns coordinator Christina Tacoronti, shortly before Newsom signed a resolution of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors commending restaurants for removing foie gras in 2009. The Plumpjack Group, owned by Newsom's family, then removed foie gras as well.
Several city councils have commended restaurants for removing this product of animal torture, including Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Takoma Park, Berkeley, West Hollywood, Carlsbad and Solana Beach.
Chef Judd Canepari of El Bizcocho at the Rancho Bernardo Inn decided to go all out after removing foie gras and hosted a six course vegan meal! Skip to 3:15 in the below video to see him explain how he went from being challenged on foie gras to trying this very successful experiment:
Wolfgang Puck not only removed foie gras, but implemented a nine point animal welfare plan for all of his restaurants.
Hundreds of restaurants around the world have stopped serving foie gras because of its inherent cruelty. Nationwide retailers such as Whole Foods, Costco.com and Aramark have also banned foie gras.
“After thoughtful and lengthy consideration, Le Pommier has decided not to sell foie gras in our establishment and to make the pledge not to sell foie gras in the future. However, as you are well aware, the climate and understanding of animal rights and inhumane food practices is changing. We are aware of the efforts around the world to make the sale and production of foie gras illegal. For this reason, we have reassessed our position.”
House Manager, Le Pommier
In a letter to Pittsburgh Voices for Animals
“After our Valentine’s Day menu was reviewed in Newsday, we were contacted by a reader who sent us your information on what goes on during foie gras production. I had no idea. It bothered me so much we decided to remove foie gras from our menu right away.”
Ron Hoffman, owner
E. Setauket, N.Y.
“I made a huge mistake in saying we serve foie gras. I don't serve foie gras and never would because of the reasons you mentioned in your letter.”
Roger Moore, chef
Dodgers Stadium Dugout Club Restaurant