Foie gras is still banned in California, court rules

Animal welfare

The US Supreme Court has validated on Monday a ban on selling foie gras, a duck liver and goose-based delicacy, in the state of California, putting an end to a long battle between supporters of this product and animal rights defenders, AFP reports.

Posted on Jan 09 ,13:50

Foie gras is still banned in California, court rules

The court has rejected an appeal made by several foie gras producers against a previous law aimed at banning the sale of foie gras in the state of California.

Although the law was enacted in 2004, it did not go into effect until 2012. In 2015, the state overturned the ban after there was a widespread of objections from animal farmers and chefs.

After the decision was announced, the chef's coalition said it will attempt another legal challenge in federal district court, as reported by SF Chronicle.

"Now that California can enforce this ban, PETA urges diners to blow the whistle on any restaurant that's caught serving this illegal and hideously produced substance," PETA president Ingrid Newkirk said in a statement.

Moreover, as of December, e-commerce giant Amazon announced will no longer sell foie gras in California. The company's announcement was made after it paid $100,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by prosecutors in Los Angeles, Monterey, and Santa Clara for violating the state’s standing ban.

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