Since I read several food blogs regularly, especially those of Michael Ruhlman and Bob del Grosso, it was likely that there would be some crossover. I didn't expect it this soon. I was working on a future post for the blog on what the late David Shaw called "the Pleasure Police", in my case a rant on efforts to outlaw raw milk cheeses.
Then the poster child for the Pleasure Police rears its head: Foie Gras. Bob has done a particularly good job of keeping us updated on the fight to keep us safe from the threat enlarged poultry liver - today another vegoterrorist "infiltration" of a Canadian Foie Gras farm.
I use the term "vegoterrorist", because not all who accept a Vegan lifestyle feel the need to impose their personal choices on everyone else. The majority of Vegans would never even consider doing what was done to Laurent Manrique. I question both the motives and the methods of those I dub the vegoterrorist wing of the Pleasure Police.
Bob asked: "How do these people get in to these farms? Do they get jobs under false pretenses or bribe workers to let them in?" My answer is the same as I made in one of my first posts at his site. They are targeting the small producers of Foie Gras because they are small producers. This is the opposite of the "deep pockets" theory we learned in Law School. They want to force us all into a Vegetarian diet, but rather than oppose Smithfield, ConAgra or Tyson, they start with small businesses without lobbyists or a lot of money. They got on those farms because the producers lack the wherewithal to do background checks or have a lot of on site security. And without that monetary base, the Politicians can afford to score some points with those who oppose food choice. It's not a fair fight.