Wednesday, July 18, 2012
JULY 18 WAR ERUPTS BETWEEN FRANCE & CALIFORNIA
It's the boxing match no one expected to see. Shh...You're just in time for the introductions. Here's the public address announcer: Ding! Ding! "Ladies & Gentlemen. Welcome to the championship bout to determine the heavyweight snob of the world! In one corner...the defending champ...weighing in at 65 million people...with his nose high in the air...it's the REPUBLIC OF FRANCE! The opponent...with a hefty population of 37 million...the challenger and reigning snob of the Western Hemisphere...the STATE OF CALIFORNIA!"
Oops! Once again...we've gotten ahead of ourselves here at the DUNER BLOG. How did France and California become enemies? It all began two weeks ago...on July First to be exact. On that day, Section #25980 of the State Health Code officially became a law, thus banning the sale of FOIE GRAS in California. It took years of intense lobbying, but persistent animal rights activists finally achieved their goal. And they were particularly proud about the wording of the ordinance. They wanted everyone to realize that the: "force feed[ing of] a goose for the purpose of enlarging the bird's liver beyond normal size" qualifies as animal cruelty. All violators will be punished with a painful $1,000 fine.
But guess what? Nobody pushes France around! Or so says PHILLIPE MARTIN, a member of the French National Assembly. The politician from the Pyrenees is pursuing legislation that would ban all California wines imported into France. Martin feels singling out one luxury item is unfair and wants to show solidarity "for our foie gras makers and for all food makers." Now that will show 'em! Or maybe it won't. California Wine Institute spokesperson LAUREL PINE points out that very little Californian wine is consumed in France. "It feels like a little bit of a slap in the face of a product that France is proud of." Pine also pointed out Americans buy one trillion dollars worth of French wine annually.