Augie emailed to point me to his rant from last December about foie gras and Chicago. It's well worth reading and he raises excellent points. The more I think about the contradiction inherent in such a ban, the angrier I get. Shutting down small farms and leaving large factory farms intact doesn't do much to solve the problem of inhumane animal treatment. It just leaves people to feel good about themselves and pretend they've made a difference in the world, while hundreds of thousands of animals continue their miserable existences until they are killed for our consumption.