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Angry Chefs Block California Foie Gras Ban

Angry Chefs Block California Foie Gras Ban

One day after the California ban on foie gras went into effect, a Canadian duck-farming organization, a New York producer of foie gras and a Los Angeles restaurant group sued the state in an attempt to block the law.

Filed on Monday by the Association des Eleveurs de Canards et d’Oies du Quebec, Hudson Valley Foie Gras and Hot’s Restaurant Group, the lawsuit accused the nation’s first statewide ban on foie gras of being “unconstitutional, vague and interfering with commerce laws.”

The group’s lawyer asked to freeze the ban which made it illegal to force feed ducks and geese for the purpose of enlarging their livers and selling products made from the force fed birds until the law can be worked out in the court system. Michael Tenebaum said the lawsuit would help clarify the vague wording of the term “force fed.”

Chef Sean Chaney, co-owner of Hot’s Restaurant Group, Inc. said, “I think the injunction will help all chefs from the risk of unknowingly breaking the law, and give our legislators time to fix it. There’s so much vagueness in the whole thing.”

Animal rights groups pointed out that the companies involved in the suit had nearly eight years to get clarification on the wording and intent of the law. The ban was passed in 2004, but went into effect July 1, 2012. The law was postponed to give producers of foie gras time to find alternative methods to force feeding, but none were ever introduced.

Foie gras, which means “fatty liver”, is produced by inserting a tube into the esophagus of ducks and geese several times a day and forcing more food into their bodies than they would “voluntarily” consume. The goal is to fatten and enlarge their livers so the delicacy of foie gras can be created. The livers of the birds can become up to ten times their normal size and weight. The process is stressful and cruel.

In addition to claims of vague wording, the lawsuit said the ban places unfair responsibility on restaurants and salespeople to know the origin of a product and how a particular bird was fed during its lifetime. It also interferes with the North American Free Trade Agreement.

 

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5:45AM PDT on May 2, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

5:03AM PDT on May 2, 2013

When I tried Foie Gras I was very ill afterwards. Eating this kind of food is not good for you. Just think about it? Slight stomach ache? Stop eating Foie Gras!

7:35AM PDT on May 1, 2013

These ignorant people are just plain diatribes who only cares about the profit losses!

Shame!

11:08AM PDT on Apr 30, 2013

Go Vegan

10:43AM PDT on Apr 30, 2013

Ignorant A-holes. Let's cage them in tiny cages+force feed them...see how they enjoy it!

4:38AM PST on Jan 15, 2013

Volunteering to try to "only undergo force-feeding for minutes a day for a few weeks, " Kat S? Can the rest of us watch how easy you find it?


4:29AM PST on Jan 15, 2013

Write it and the troll will come..Kat have you asked yourself why you are on a site such as care2? I don't care how it taste its torture. I do NOT consume organs simply because of the role they play in the body. I eat less eggs and meats so I can afford cage and range free I prefer Kosher for slaughter practices, I do my best to be a responsible carnivore. I believe there was more than enough time to "work out the claims of vague wording", this is just a stall tactic plain and simple. This is not a natural its barbaric and quite painful. For shame wee troll, for shame

10:19PM PST on Jan 13, 2013

So these so called chefs if they don't like the Ban on Foie Gras and specially by their names they are not belong in California or Quebec. Then Pack the bag & baggaes return to the places where you came from. Then start protesting and demand your necessary right in your own mother lands. This is the California Laws. Either you accept it or leave it. But fighting back with this countries laws is not the way to go. Obviously these are no brainers. Next to Oxygen the mostly commonly available element is the Stupidity.

2:54PM PDT on Oct 4, 2012

Kat S
why don't you go get a medical book and read about the liver in animal and human bodies to see what its function is...then maybe you will see how unhealthy it is to eat any organ flesh. These animals suffer for mans lust greed and sheer gluttony! No animal deserves mankinds wicked abuse . you probably eat horse dead flesh too !

2:50PM PDT on Oct 4, 2012

Our human teeth clearly dictate we were never created to eat another 's dead flesh

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