By Toni Okamoto
We’re sad to announce that California has taken a huge step back by overturning its ban on the sale of foie gras.
It is more important than ever for us to continue spreading veganism, since we obviously can’t rely on laws to protect animals.
Excerpts from The New York Times, January 7th, 2015, Judge Overturns California Ban on Foie Gras:
Foie gras is back on the menu in California. A federal judge on Wednesday struck down a state law barring sale of the fatty duck or goose liver, ending a ban that had lasted more than two years.
Animal rights groups have long decried foie gras, which has traditionally been produced by force-feeding ducks and geese, as inhumane. And in 2004, California became the first state to outlaw it; the ban took effect in 2012.
Many chefs across the state, who had lamented the loss of a favored ingredient and led protests against the ban, exploded in celebration after the ruling was announced. “We are freaking out,” said Jon Shook, one of the chef-owners of Animal in Los Angeles. “The person who buys our foie gras called us from the courthouse crying with happiness.”