Victory! California Foie Gras Ban to be Reinstated

Victory! California Foie Gras Ban to be Reinstated

The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit will be reinstating the foie gras ban in California on the grounds that its production is cruel and inhumane, bringing an end to the horrific ‘delicacy’ within the state.

Banning foie gras has been a controversial topic in the state for years, beginning in 2012 when importing the product into California was prohibited. However, the ban on importation was recalled in 2015 when restaurant group and poultry producer Hudson Valley Foie Gras sued the state, arguing that the restriction on imports was preempted by the federal Poultry Products Inspection Act. This act ensures that state and federal standards are the same with regards to ingredients, packaging and labeling.

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While the ban’s opponents argued that the act did not apply to how the animal was treated before slaughter, Judge Harry Pregerson stated that it was “not only how the bird is fed, but it’s how the bird is cruelly fed. That’s what it’s about.”

The production of foie gras is disturbing. By force-feeding ducks and geese up to four pounds of grains by shoving a tube down their throats, the livers become inflamed and diseased, becoming foie gras, or ‘fat liver’ in English.

This inhumane force-feeding is what finally brought the courts to put the ban back in effect.

“Do you think the duck enjoys that?” Pregerson asked at the Wednesday hearing. “I think it’s absolutely cruel. The people don’t agree with it. They think it’s fine to do that so they can have their foie gras.”

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Animal advocates have long opposed this cruel practice, protesting restaurants offering foie gras and airing video footage revealing the violence imposed upon the birds.

“Judge Pregerson’s strong statements echo the thoughts of every kind person and humane organization in the world,” wrote PETA. “They inspire confidence that California’s foie gras ban will be reinstated, and as soon as it is, PETA will call on other states to follow suit.”

Hopefully, this ban will indeed cause other states to realize the cruelty behind foie gras, and the inhumane ‘delicacy’ will meet its end.

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  1. barbara chipman

    Another disgusting and cruel act of humanity.

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  2. MS

    Excellent! — Wonderful news! — Finally, some sanity & compassion — THANK YOU!

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  3. Rachael

    Any idea when other states will do this? Just that picture is heartbreaking. Humans are indeed the problem. Please post any info on other states..thank you!!

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  4. Leanne

    Demand and consumption of Foie Gras needs to cease immediately. I hope that there are will be laws banning it’s production and consumption here in Australia. Good onya California. Keep up the good work. Do not reverse the decision this time!!

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  5. Karen LoGrasso

    What slobs. Will humans stop at anything to satisfy their “it’s all about me”attitude?

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  6. Heather Moore

    Great news! Foie gras is cruel and disgusting and should be illegal everywhere. Truly talented chefs can create mouthwatering meals that don’t involve animal abuse. With all the tasty and humane options available, no one in their right mind would eat a duck’s diseased liver.

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  7. cindi scholefield

    I used to eat foie gras many years ago before I found out how it was produced. Now the very idea of it makes me feel physically sick. I wish everyone who still enjoys it could feel that physical sickness, and I am so pleased that California has done it right this time, and banned it, hopefully forever.

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  8. linda Wiltshire

    Let’s hope this works. If a false feeder gets caught now. Prison. Can you imagine the fear and the pain these poor geese go through. There is more than enough food to choose from.

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  9. Jacqueline Huckle

    Excellent … to much evil concerning our fur and feather babies xxx

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  10. c.mance

    One victory for animals. Lets keep going.

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