Avalon Hotel In Beverly Hills Removing Foie Gras From Menu

Compassionate decision follows discussions with In Defense of Animals about the cruelty inherent in foie gras production

Beverly Hills, Calif. (August 5, 2010) – In Defense of Animals (IDA) today congratulated the luxurious Beverly Hills Avalon Hotel for their compassionate decision to remove foie gras from their menu. The Avalon Hotel joins Spago as the second Beverly Hills establishment to remove foie gras.

“Foie gras production universally ranks as one of the cruelest forms of animal agriculture,” said Hope Bohanec, IDA Grassroots Campaigns Director. “We thank the Avalon Hotel for joining the ranks of world-renowned chefs like Wolfgang Puck in denouncing foie gras and refusing to serve cruelty.”

Executive Chef Mirko Paderno and Avalon Hotel Food and Beverage Director Peter Carrillo made the decision to remove foie gras following discussions with IDA, and faxed a pledge to IDA on August 3. That fax, signed by Mr. Carrillo, states “We pledge not to serve foie gras, because we oppose the inhumane and traumatic practice of force-feeding that is used to produce foie gras.”

Foie gras is produced by force-feeding ducks and geese through metal pipes inserted down their throats, swelling the animals’ livers five to ten times their normal size. Dr. Ward Stone, the former senior wildlife pathologist for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, has conducted necropsies on ducks who died during force-feeding and writes, “The short tortured lives of ducks raised for foie gras is well outside the norm of farm practice. Having seen the pathology that occurs from foie gras production, I strongly recommend that this process be outlawed.”

The production and sale of foie gras will be banned throughout California by statute effective July 1, 2012. Foie gras is already banned in Austria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Holland, Italy, Israel, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.

In Defense of Animals leads a nationwide campaign to convince restaurants to remove foie gras from their menus. For more information, visit www.indefenseofanimals.org.


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36 Comments on “Avalon Hotel In Beverly Hills Removing Foie Gras From Menu”

  • Susan Ashworth wrote on 6 August, 2010, 9:14

    This is absolutely one of the most cruel ways to treat birds. I hope that all who are caught doing this serves time in jail and cannot ever be around animals or birds ever again.

  • Sonia Mitchell wrote on 6 August, 2010, 15:30

    Thank you, Avalon Hotel. You did the right thing. Foie gras is perhaps the most cruel of all “foods,” and is detrimental to people’s health. Why would people choose to eat fatty duck liver? Why not just swallow lard? Good decision, Avalon!

  • Karen V. Stefanini wrote on 6 August, 2010, 18:13

    This article is very encouraging. All it takes is the truth and more education of the public and this dreadful dish will be banned from all restaurants. It is heinous.

  • Francesca wrote on 12 August, 2010, 14:05

    Brava,, actually, bravissimo.. and finalmente! Thank you for bringing attetion to this inhumane treatment of animals.. I’m sure your clients will thank you also.

  • Nancy wrote on 12 August, 2010, 14:38

    Cruelty to all animals will be punished by GOD and people who do all this horrid acts are not Christians or any other faith, they are of the Devil!!!

  • Marion Ambler wrote on 12 August, 2010, 15:44

    Thankyou so much IDA, the Avalon Hotel, and Spago from me and my beautiful feathered friends.

  • Ann from Mass wrote on 12 August, 2010, 15:50

    I love the way the name duck is covered up by a fancy name to sell it. Shame on those who ate duck knowing what tortorous deaths they endure before being served on a very expensive plate.

  • Ann from Mass wrote on 12 August, 2010, 15:51

    Maybe more restaurants will follow suit with Wolfgang Puck heading up this campagn for all restaurants to forget the duck dish.

  • Adrianne wrote on 12 August, 2010, 16:01

    All those countries have already banned foie gras, why hasn’t the USA done it yet???

  • Chris Jones wrote on 12 August, 2010, 16:01

    Congratulations to the Avalon Hotel; I have shared this on Facebook and Twitter and I hope the Avalon will be amply rewarded for this decision !!
    And thank you to IDA, as well as the other animal advocates who work so tirelessly to eradicate this disgusting cruelty …for all the work you do, and for giving us such easy and clear directions on how to help.
    God bless you.

  • Adele Thompson wrote on 12 August, 2010, 16:20


  • Patty Kuhner wrote on 12 August, 2010, 16:43

    Who in the world ever decided to do that for cooking?? Thank you for stopping to serve this grose, cruel food.

  • Patty Kuhner wrote on 12 August, 2010, 16:48

    I do not feel that any special taste in food should require any abuse of animals. They should have a good life and be treated humanely if they are sacrificed for us.

  • Cherie wrote on 12 August, 2010, 19:46

    STOP ABUSING ANIMALS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Chelsea wrote on 12 August, 2010, 20:04

    Thank you to Chef Puck and the Avalon Hotel!

  • Karen Vinsanau wrote on 12 August, 2010, 20:30

    IDA, you did it again…thank you for caring so much about all of the cruelty in this world against animals!! WooHoo…and thanks to the Hotels and restaurants that stop serving this so called meal!!

  • Jeannie wrote on 13 August, 2010, 5:43

    A big THANK YOU!!!!  and a big pat on the back to Chef Puck and the Avalon Hotel… I wish more would stand up for animals… 

  • Beth Stephens wrote on 13 August, 2010, 6:06

    This is wonderful news for the ducks, I really don’t know why people would want to eat fatty liver anyway, in humans it is a cause for great concern by doctors, and the way it is made is a cruel and unusual punishment to say the least.

  • yanna athanassiadis wrote on 13 August, 2010, 11:00

    this is wonderful news we start to be human.

  • Marian Carter wrote on 13 August, 2010, 11:08

    Thank you IDA for your unceasing work on behalf of animals. Yours is a strong voice that I know will always be helping to lead the action where animal welfare is concerned. I don’t know why the U.S. hasn’t banned this egregiously cruel practice, especially when so many other countries have done so, but I know that if you guys have any say in the matter, it will be banned.

  • Heightley wrote on 13 August, 2010, 12:20

    So thankful that another restaurant has come to its senses and have stopped serving foie gras. Geese will be saved because of this decision………Maybe one day all geese will be able to live happily ever after. Let’s keep fighting for a better life for them.

  • salar wrote on 15 August, 2010, 7:58

    I thank whoever standsuP for animals right. My ankel had foi gras farm in israel it is very inhumane practice it’s shamfule way for a human to live by turturing animals. I’m proud of israel for baning thhis croul practice. Us should follow today and stop animal turture.thank you IDA

  • Wendy Forster wrote on 16 August, 2010, 10:38

    Those who are prepared to do this dirty work will rot in hell, and soon I hope.

  • May M. wrote on 24 August, 2010, 19:32

    I’m sooo damn happy to hear that.
    They can say they are sorry and take it back but why the hell to start with this in the first place? Evil

  • Vivian wrote on 27 August, 2010, 17:18

    Thank you to Beverly Hills Avalon Hotel for their compassionate, moral, and ethical decision to remove foie gras from their menu. May this set a precedent for others to follow..

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