The Mary T. and
Frank L. Hoffman
Letters and Responses
Letter from Karen Rogers about NY Restaurant Adding Foie Gras to Menu - 31 Aug 2006
Recently, my husband and I had lunch at Monteverde located in Cortlandt Manor, NY. They are under new management and now have a day spa and offer yoga classes. When we asked to see their dinner menu, after eating lunch, we were horrified to find out they now serve foie gras.
On our way out of the restaurant we commented to the hostess that we were dismayed that they now served foie gras. She was so rude about it and said that is why they have other choices. I told her we won’t be eating here again because of it, and I don’t think others will either once they know about this. And she said, “That’s why there are so many restaurants out there, you can choose which ones you want to go to.” She was not empathic at all about the plight of the geese being inhumanely forced fed.
I find it ironic that they sent out advertising introducing their day spa with the words, “Rejuvenate your body and renew your spirit with a Monteverde Spa Treatment....” and “Essence of Yoga at Monteverde. Our outdoor “studio” is the ideal place to practice yoga in the summer .. Fresh air, warm sunshine and amazing views of the Hudson River.” I just don’t see how anyone could enjoy their day at a place that promotes the cruel torture of geese.
What can we do to let the public know that they are now serving this at their restaurant. I am also going to write the owner of the restaurant and let him know how rude his hostess was about the matter. Is there anything else we can do?
Reply from Frank and Mary Hoffman
Thank you very much for writing and telling us about your “encounter with foie gras”. One thing that will help spread the word is our publishing your letter.
It’s not just the ducks and geese who suffer, almost all farmed animals have similar fates. We need to spread the truth to as many people as we can, and encourage them not to support these industries, while we all work of giving animals the legal rights not to be used, abused, and exploited by humans.
In the Love of the Lord,
Frank and Mary
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