COURT RE­IN­STATES CAL­I­FOR­NIA’S BAN ON FOIE GRAS

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ANGELES»A federal ap­peals court re­in­stated Cal­i­for­nia’s ban on foie gras Fri­day, find­ing that a state law pre­vent­ing sales of the lux­ury liver pate made by force­feed­ing ducks and geese was not pre-empted by federal au­thor­ity to reg­u­late poul­try prod­ucts.

The ban was passed more than a decade ago after pro­po­nents said the process of fat­ten­ing the liv­ers of the birds was cruel and in­hu­mane. The law took ef­fect in 2011, but was blocked by a court in 2015, de­light­ing chefs who wanted to serve the del­i­cacy and lead­ing to protests by an­i­mal rights groups.

While the unan­i­mous de­ci­sion by three judges won’t im­me­di­ately take ef­fect, giv­ing farm­ers and a restau­rant time to seek fur­ther re­view, an­i­mal ac­tivists cel­e­brated.

“The cham­pagne corks are pop­ping,” said David Perle of the People for the Eth­i­cal Treat­ment of An­i­mals. “PETA has protested against this prac­tice for years, show­ing videos of geese be­ing force-fed that no one but the most cal­lous chefs could stom­ach and re­veal­ing that foie gras is tor­ture on toast.”

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