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BREAKING: California Attorney General Appeals Erroneous Foie Gras Ruling

Today, California attorney general Kamala Harris filed a notice to appeal a recent district court ruling that overturned an important California law which prohibits the sale of foie gras (French for “fatty liver) produced by cruelly force-feeding ducks or geese to intentionally induce an enlarged, diseased liver.

The erroneous ruling was based on a district court judge’s incoherent decision that the process of force-feeding is an “ingredient and thus falls under federal, not state, law. The district court’s misguided decision to allow the sale of cruelly produced foie gras in California is a grave miscarriage of justice, and the ruling is contrary to both law and common sense.

The people of California clearly have the right to prohibit the sale of a product that is the result of abject animal abuse. If production practices are now “ingredients then state laws regulating food safety, workers’ rights, environmental protection, and countless other important issues would be invalidated by this outrageous ruling as well.

Mercy For Animals applauds California attorney general Kamala Harris for her decision to defend this important law and protect animals from being tortured for foie gras. 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.

As documented by MFA, foie gras is the product of horrific cruelty to animals. In 2013, MFA exposed rampant animal cruelty and neglect at Hudson Valley Foie Gras, the nation’s largest foie gras factory farm and a plaintiff in the lawsuit. At this facility, ducks are quickly and violently grabbed by workers who shove metal pipes down the animals’ throats in order to force-feed them. This process causes ducks’ livers to become diseased and swell up to 10 times their normal size.

Watch the video footage of MFA’s foie gras investigation here:


Violently force-feeding birds to induce a state of disease is egregiously cruel and has no place in a civilized society. While we are confident that California’s ban on the sale of foie gras produced by cruelly force-feeding ducks will be reinstated, the most effective way to prevent egregious abuse to ducks and other animals is by choosing cruelty-free alternatives to meat, eggs and dairy. 

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