Foie Gras (pronounced FWAH GRAH and meaning "fat liver" in frech) might continue to be hard to find in California. The federal court upheld a statewide ban on the sale of the delicacy made from the livers of force-fed duck or goose in a ruling handed down Friday.The three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals found the ban was plain in meaning and was not in violation of the Constitution.
Apparently, the Assn. des Eleveurs de Canards et d'Oies du Quebec, HVFG and Hot's Restaurant Group said the ban could be interpreted to cover all products from force-fed ducks, including meat and jackets made from down. It was also challenged by out-of-state foie gras producers and California restaurants, who claimed the ban was too vague and regulated interstate commerce. However, the court seemed to disagree.
Not everyone is upset about the ban. Many individuals and groups have worked for years to stop the force-feeding of ducks. Check out the facebook page for United for Animals Foie Gras Fight here
And this PETA article is pretty frightening.
Twitter is also lit up with the isssue:
— Ken Mogi (@kenmogi) August 31, 2013
A victory over cruelty// Lucky ducks! Court upholds California's foie gras ban http://t.co/bvc3oGTwNI
— Michael F Ozaki MD (@brontyman) August 31, 2013
— Matthew Dominguez (@Matt_Dominguez) August 30, 2013
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