…and it’s ‘No surrender!’ for once:
On Thursday afternoon, without any official notification, we found out through the press that the members of the Spanish branch of Animal Equality have been bombarding media outlets with a brash statement revealing their great triumph: Mugaritz condemned.[Mugaritz, an award-winning restaurant near San Sebastian, Spain, was fined for serving foie gras from force-fed ducks, bought from Momotegi, a local, unlicensed farm, which Mugaritz supports because it believes such farms produce the best foie gras.]
The statement Animal Equality released doesn’t actually mention what the sanction against us is, but from what I can gather it seems to be a minor penalty, of which we’ll know the full details once we receive the official notification.
Are they backing down? No. For once, they are determined to face down the zealots:
This news has been accompanied by an incredible social media storm and an exaggerated response from dozens of media bodies.This time, however, there is a slight variation that I suspect Animal Equality wasn’t banking on. We’ve seen a real tide of support, starting with a show of solidarity from some of the journalists who contacted us to get our opinion. We have also received encouragement from dozens of clients and friends and, on top of this, chefs throughout Spain have been in touch wanting to take action. We would like to thank everyone for their support, and for backing our firm determination to defend our small producers.
In any case, we’ll still be here tomorrow. We will continue to cook, to defend what makes us who we are, and to face the future with optimism. Undoubtedly, we will also have to put up with slurs against us on social media sites, untruths, small lies and subtle threats. And there’s not much we can do about that.
Now, foie gras is something I wouldn’t eat myself – like caviare and truffles, it’s a fad. Overblown and ostentatious and – to me – just doesn’t taste very nice. But id others want to eat it, go right ahead!
And wouldn’t it be really refreshing to see this response from some of our businesses when the bansturbators and single issue loons come calling?