Food we eat

The nasty inside the yummy

To start off, I would like to introduce you to this bad boy right down here:


Could you recognize what this is? This is foie gras – a French dish considered by the French their culinary bride. Today, I want to raise the topic about this dish and its own delicacy kinds. Dishes that are apples of our eyes, yet lurking underneath the appealing mirage are its dark secrets.

We shall start with foie gras itself. The dish has its main component as the fat liver of a goose. Now, getting those nice big fat livers is easier said than done as the geese have to take on a non-stop fasting diet. Food suppliers specialized in goose livers have a ‘solution’. Twice to four times a day, 10 kg once per time, food is pumped directly into the geese’s throats through an iron tube. Food pumping makes their livers grow 10 times bigger than usual. With these unusually-enormous livers, the geese, of course, cannot lead a normal life like their uncle cousin father daughter grandfather out in the range. Imagine that process happening to you, how would you feel? You would feel breathing is a hard work and walking around takes massive toll. Some geese cannot even stand up due to the weight or broken legs. Moreover, the geese are kept in small places that provide only enough room for their bodies with no place to move. Therefore, it is common for the geese to injure themselves. These injuries will lead to infestation and the inevitable deaths.

Let me tell you one thing: it is disgusting as well as thought-provoking to witness such process taking place. Just trade place with geese. Having food poured in behemoth amount into your throats, having held captive in a degraded environment, having eventually slaughtered with no mercy and full of inhumanity, is certainly unappealing. Then why we do it? There are three reasons: money, money and more customers – money. Now, there has to be a way to stop this type of massacre.

All over the world, not just geese but also sharks are being slaughtered for their fins. Every day, hundreds of thousands of sharks across several hundred species are being hunted for their fins. Another indigenous delicacy to Asians which is a threat to global shark population, pushing them to the brink of extinction. And the way the fins travel from the fishing nets to the dining tables is not a scenic sight to awe. Nutritionally speaking, shark fins are equally nutritious as elephants’ tusks. Yet, on a daily basis, they are massacred and inhumanly chopped up and processed to eventually become what we call shark fin soup.

These two above are just isolated incidents. Meanwhile, there are even more dishes that bear the same dark secrets. To list a few, fast food chickens: left devastated, crowded up and chopped into pieces; cows and pigs: industrially slaughtered in slaughterhouses and so on. People around the world have been criticizing this food for its cruelty. It is time we ended these menacing ways of cultivating animal meat. The fundamental idea, the solution is to raise awareness – but not becoming a vegetarian. People bestowed with this awareness will be humanely conscious about what they are putting on their plates and in their mouths, what they are putting on the dinner tables, what they are feeding their own children. This idea is promoted by world’s leading animal rights groups such as PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) or UPC (United Poultry Concerns). Aside from raising awareness, these organizations and people who are ethically concerned are boycotting against the distributors and suppliers of such food. Demonstrations are organized in order to hinder the inhumane acts of such companies.

In the documentary on food: Food Inc., we have been enlightened about animal cruelty is committed not just for delicacies but also for fast foods e.g. KFC, McDonalds or Lotteria. Chickens are transported via a system of rails and conveyor belts, then left squabbling and struggling on their own. If one chicken does not meet the requirement put out by the processing company, it will be immediately diverged from the main rail track and dumped straight into the shredder, alive. The current situation sparks problematic controversies. On one side, it is the animal rights protestors and the other side are the food companies – the people whose profits rely heavily on that quick and agile process.

In a what-we-call ‘civilized society’, it is hard to believe such abhorrent treatment to animals, especially ones that give their lives for our living sakes, even exist. However, we have to face the fact that it exists. Thus, we have to face the fact that we are the only ones who can put a stop to such madness. Shall we eat with satisfaction or shall we eat with discomfort and remorse towards mistreated animals, the power lies within our hands.

Thank you for your time.

*** This article was written on January 30th, 2016 @ 8:56 AM. All rights reserved. ***

*Revision 1: August 15th, ’16*

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