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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Kamala Harris Attempts to Ban Foie Gras in California — Again

Posted By on Wed, Feb 4, 2015 at 4:27 PM

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Well, here we go again. We're getting word that Attorney General Kamala Harris filed an appeal with Ninth Circuit Court today, hoping to once again make foie gras illegal in California. 

As readers (and foodies) already know, the ban on foie gras was overturned in January, making  it perfectly legal for foodies to snack on the fatty duck liver. A California judge claimed that the state's ban on foie gras was creating unfair financial injury to out-of-state producers, for starters. 

Obviously, animal cruelty activists were not thrilled, saying forced feeding ducks and geese to enlarge their livers amounts to animal cruelty. 

Mercy For Animals conducted an undercover investigation at Hudson Valley Foie Gras, one of the three plaintiffs in the lawsuit that led to this latest ruling, relying on hidden cameras to document the "inherent cruelty and violence of foie gras production." 

“Mercy For Animals commends attorney general Kamala Harris for her decision to defend this important law and protect animals from being tortured for foie gras," Nathan Runkle, Mercy For Animals’ founder and president said in a statement released this afternoon. "In a civilized society, it is our moral obligation to protect all animals, including ducks and other farmed animals, from needless cruelty and violence.

"We are confident that the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals will reject the district court’s bizarre and erroneous ruling and uphold this important law," he added.

Take a deep breath and stay tuned. 

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Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.

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