Chicago restaurant chefs and patrons legally feasted on foie gras for the last time in August. As they celebrated the consumption of the flesh of a tortured animal, we watched and were horrified. Thankfully, due to the political bravery and hard work of our friend, Chicago Alderman Joe Moore, the ban on the sale of foie gras within the Chicago city limits is now in effect.
But the ordinance and Joe Moore are under attack.
Moore and his City Council colleagues have been savagely ridiculed by Chicago’s mayor and on the newspaper editorial pages for enacting the ban on foie gras. And the opponents of the foie gras ban have targeted Moore for defeat in next February’s Chicago City Council elections.
The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce has fielded a candidate to run against Joe Moore in next February’s Chicago City Council election, and is encouraging all its members to contribute to a high-priced fundraiser for that candidate.
Another of Joe’s political opponents went so far as to host a Bastille Day fundraiser for his campaign that was catered by Chef Didier Durant of Cyrano’s Bistrot, the leading member of Chicago Chefs for Choice, a group organized to fight the ban on the sale of foie gras. We can only shudder as we imagine the menu. The organization has now filed a lawsuit in an attempt to overturn the ban.
If the opponents of the foie gras ban defeat Joe Moore, a fifteen year veteran of the Chicago City Council, it will send a horrible message to other elected officials to stay away from our issues and deal a devastating blow to our movement for the humane and compassionate treatment of animals.
Joe Moore needs our help. Won’t you please join me in supporting our friend and one of my personal heroes, Chicago Alderman Joe Moore? Please be as generous as you can. There are no campaign contribution limits in Illinois, so you can give as much as you are able.
The link below will take you to Joe’s web site where you can make a secure contribution by credit card, or you can simply send a check to:
Citizens for Joe Moore
1431 W. Fargo
Chicago, Illinois 60626
If you live in or around Chicago, you can also volunteer to help on his re-election campaign by replying to this email and expressing your interest. Please, be generous in your donation. Let’s send a strong message that we stand behind our friends who stand up for the animals we love.
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