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Court won’t rehear challenge to foie gras ban

By Josh Richman
Monday, January 27th, 2014 at 2:27 pm in Uncategorized.

Attention California gastronomes: A federal appeals court refused Monday to re-hear a challenge to California’s law banning the force-feeding of fowl to produce foie gras, thus ending the case unless the U.S. Supreme Court decides to weigh in.

foie grasFoie gras is the liver of a duck or goose that has been fattened beyond normal growth, usually by force-feeding that’s considered cruel by animal advocates. California’s law – passed by legislators and signed into law by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2004 – gave producers years to prepare for the force-feeding ban before it took effect in mid-2012.

A group of foie gras producers and a California restaurant group sued two days after the law took effect, but a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling in August that upheld a lower court’s decision that the plaintiffs failed to raise any serious questions about their rights under the new law, and that the law was within the state’s authority to enact.

That panel refused Monday to rehear the case, and no 9th Circuit judge has voted that the case be heard “en banc” by a larger, 11-judge panel.

The Humane Society reports more than a dozen countries, including the United Kingdom, Denmark, Finland, Germany and Israel, either have banned force feeding for foie gras production or have interpreted it as illegal under existing anti-cruelty laws.

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  • RRSenileColumnist

    The less threatening, the more handsome, the more cuddly creatures always win. What about Man’s cruelty to squid, its destruction of whole insect populations? (Spare honeybees, pretty butterflies and a few other favored species) Except for the creatures humanized by Disney features, youth of my era were accustomed to movies depicting humble animals mutating into giant maneaters, vicious reptiles chewing on helpless humans. No sentimentality in the Hollywood of those days! But now California does more for farm animals than farm owners.

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