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PETA Offers $10,000 for a Vegetarian Foie Gras Substitute

The inquiring minds at PETA (yes, the same minds that wondered if rebranding fish as "sea kittens" might be the best way to discourage their...


The inquiring minds at PETA (yes, the same minds that wondered if rebranding fish as "sea kittens" might be the best way to discourage their consumption) want to know if there's a culinary wizard out there who can cook up a suitable, all-vegetarian substitute for foie gras. The winner of the Fine Faux Gras Challenge will go home with $10,000, and a healthy dose of self satisfaction.The tradition of jamming bucket-loads of corn into the belly of a duck or goose via a large funnel-for the purposes of fattening up their delicious livers-is one that dates back hundreds of years. The tradition of hating on this practice is newer, but gaining traction. There's a general feeling that it's inhumane, and this totally disturbing video certainly supports that claim. But is this humburger topped with the fatty offal no less compelling? What about this well-trafficked Flickr group?Several states have banned the sale of foie gras, and some farms are starting to offer more humane alternatives (as we discussed here). Regardless of your position, it's hard to argue that this is not a better use of PETA's seeminly vast resources (they got her to pose naked on billboards, and her, and him) than this sea kittens business.("3rd Course: Duck" from Flickr user Ulterior Epicure.)
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