Justice Talking is a radio program from NPR which I have come to enjoy immensely. Each week they present a new hour-long discussion of some contemporary issue of debated justice.
Last week…Diet Police. New York City has banned trans-fats in restaurants this summer. Chicago banned foie gras, the fattened liver of a duck or goose, just over a year ago. The program raises tons of interesting questions. Let’s take the ducks…
Foie Gras tastes better if the duck’s liver is especially large and fatty. Therefore, the duck is force-fed (with a tube going into its esophagus) large quantities of food for a few weeks before slaughter.
1. Does this treatment of the animal have ethical significance? Why or why not?
2. Assuming it does have ethical significance (please play along, if you think it does not), should the practice be banned by government? Why or why not?