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Anti-Veal Activists Protest Rep. Pelosi at Mill Valley's Piatti Restaurant

A small group of protesters targeted local restaurant, for which House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is an investor.

Nine activists from San Rafael animal rights group In Defense of Animals protested outside Piatti Restaurant in Mill Valley Wednesday afternoon to castigate House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi for allowing the sale of veal at four restaurants in which she is invests.

Pelosi is an investor in the San Rafael-based Moana Restaurant Group, which also owns Piatti restaurants in La Jolla, Calif., and Denver, Colo., as well as The Quarry in San Antonio, Texas.

Protesters gathered outside Piatti Wednesday "to urge one of America’s most powerful 'progressive' politicians to align her public persona with her personal ventures by removing veal from all of her restaurants," according to Christy Griffin, the organization's special projects officer.

The group announced Wednesday that if Pelosi does not immediately adopt a "No Veal Policy," it will organize protests at all of her restaurants that serve veal. The group has sent Pelosi nearly 8,000 faxes asking her to adopt a No Veal policy at all of her restaurants, Griffin said.

“If Nancy Pelosi is comfortable with serving veal at her restaurants, she should display some integrity and transparency by opening these ‘Green’ veal operations to the public and personally showing everyone the 'environmental' way to confine and kill a baby calf,” said Joe Haptas, IDA’s executive director, in a statement.

Piatti Executive Chef Todd Shoberg declined to comment on the protest.

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Claire December 21, 2012 at 12:07 AM
These protesters and so-called animal rights activists are the same ones who put 1-pound steaks on the table and don't blink an eye, but they are fast at criticizing people for eating veal or liver pate or whatever. Do they really think that the beef, the turkey or the chicken they eat was likely not treated more humanely than the veal they don't want people to eat? If they chose not to eat veal, they have a choice, but don't condemn Nancy Pelosi for being an investor or Piatti for serving it. Get over it - get a life! Btw., I would like to know what diet the protesters in the picture eat - they sure look well nurished to me!
Craig Belfor December 21, 2012 at 04:45 AM
This is wrong. It's the same as the things we do to geese to get pâté. We force feed imprisoned, non excercising young animals to the unhealthy point of morbid obesity, with dangerous, life threatening results. We already do this to our kids, but lets not do this to animals.
Karen Dionne December 21, 2012 at 06:43 PM
No, Claire, I highly doubt that other livestock is treated much better. But, veal is the one of the ultimate inhumane ways of treating a baby calf. Have you ever read up on it? I have boycotted veal and foie gras ever since I found out the truth. These protesters care and no they're not perfect. I sign online petitions everyday to help animals that do not have a voice. If we don't stand up for them, then no one will. Believe me, I'd much rather be doing something much more enjoyable with my time, but I've reached a point in my life where I can no longer be silent and let these kinds of atrocities continue.
Beads of Marin December 26, 2012 at 06:28 PM
The notion that people need to eat meat to be nourished is absurd and insulting to those of us who have chosen to be vegetarians; if anything, they tend to be healthier since they pay closer attention to what they eat. There are many reasons not to eat meat including religious ones, so let's not be insulting. Similarly, calling someone a "so-called" animal rights activist is insulting. Unless you interviewed these people directly you are assuming what?
Joel December 01, 2013 at 10:22 AM
Try Nancy's new dish. The "IT DISH". You have to order it to find out what "IT" is. Why of course it's a pile of shit.

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