Bloomberg the Company & Products

Bloomberg Anywhere Login

Bloomberg

Connecting decision makers to a dynamic network of information, people and ideas, Bloomberg quickly and accurately delivers business and financial information, news and insight around the world.

Company

Financial Products

Enterprise Products

Media

Customer Support

  • Americas

    +1 212 318 2000

  • Europe, Middle East, & Africa

    +44 20 7330 7500

  • Asia Pacific

    +65 6212 1000

Communications

Industry Products

Media Services

Follow Us

Foie Gras Producers Sue to End California Ban

Don't Miss Out —
Follow us on:

July 3 (Bloomberg) -- Foie gras producers in the U.S. and Canada, joined by a restaurant group, sued California to block enforcement of the nation’s first state law banning sales of duck liver.

The complaint, filed yesterday in federal court in Los Angeles, seeks to stop a law passed in 2004 that went into effect July 1. Animal-rights advocates say force-feeding ducks and geese with a tube inserted in the esophagus to fatten their livers is cruel.

The ban on foie gras, the French name of the delicacy, was signed into law by then-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Enforcement was postponed for almost eight years to allow producers to find an alternative to force-feeding. No substitute method has come to light.

The law bans force-feeding of ducks or geese to make foie gras and forbids selling foie gras produced that way. Violators can be fined as much as $1,000 a day.

Nicholas Pacilio, a spokesman for California Attorney General Kamala Harris, declined to comment on the lawsuit.

The case is Association des Eleveurs de Canards et d’Oies du Quebec v. Kamala Harris, 12-5735, U.S. District Court, Central District of California (Los Angeles.)

To contact the reporters on this story: Karen Gullo in San Francisco at kgullo@bloomberg.net; Alison Vekshin in San Francisco at avekshin@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Hytha at mhytha@bloomberg.net

Please upgrade your Browser

Your browser is out-of-date. Please download one of these excellent browsers:

Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera or Internet Explorer.