Foie Gras Banned in California Restaurants

On January 7th, 2019, the Supreme Court denied a petition from the foie gras industry that attacked the constitutionality of a unique law in California banning the sale of foie gras in the state.

WHAT IT MEANS: The decision by the Supreme Court will allow the foie gras ban to immediately go into effect (originally mandated by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals) and will prohibit the cruel product from being sold in California.

WHY IT MATTERS: Foie gras is a ‘delicacy’ made from the diseased liver of ducks and geese who have been repeatedly force-fed. This process causes such extreme and prolonged suffering to the birds that foie gras production is illegal in many countries, including Israel, Germany, Norway, and the United Kingdom. Thanks to the California ban, this news is truly a win for Garden State ducks and geese.

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING: “The Animal Legal Defense Fund celebrates the death knell for the foie gras industry’s long crusade against California’s landmark law,” says Animal Legal Defense Fund Executive Director Stephen Wells. “The suffering ducks endure to produce foie gras is intolerable and rightfully outlawed.” Read more from ALDF’s press release.

STILL MORE TO DO: While we celebrate this amazing news from California, we still have much work to do everywhere else. For example, we are working in the UK to ban the import of this cruel product into the country. For more information about our UK foie gras campaign and to sign our petition, head over to our UK site now.