Target: U.S. Ninth Circuit Court Judge Stephen Wilson
Goal: Thank the Supreme Court for keeping California’s ban on the production of foie gras intact
The U.S. Supreme Court recently decided to allow California to continue its ban on foie gras after a lawsuit was filed by several food producers and organizations. California is currently the only state to have outlawed the cruel practices involved in the production of foie gras and they would be thanked for their effort to keep animals from unnecessary suffering.
California established the law in 2004, but it did not go into effect until 2012. It is currently the only location in the United States that has such legislation. Chicago banned foie gras from 2006 to 2008, but the ban was eventually overturned. Foie gras, considered a delicacy by many, means “fatty liver” in French and is produced by force feeding corn to ducks and geese until their livers become enlarged. The liver is then cut out and eaten on its own or as a part of dish.
Los Angeles-based Hot’s Restaurant Group, Canada’s Association des Éleveurs de Canards et d’Oies du Quebec, and New York’s Hudson Valley Foie Gras filed a lawsuit against the ban last year, claiming that the law violates the United States Constitution’s Commerce Clause, which prohibits states from interfering with interstate commerce. The Supreme Court ultimately declined to hear the appeal, leaving the original ruling that upheld the law intact.
Though this may seem like a small victory because nothing changed, it is crucial that a state such as California, which is responsible for 13 percent of the nation’s economic output and contains 12 percent of its population, maintain a ban on foie gras. It only takes one state to be diligent for the others to realize it can and should be done.
Please take a moment to sign the petition below and thank the Supreme Court for upholding California’s legislation banning foie gras.
Dear Judge Wilson,
Restaurant groups and food producers filed a lawsuit against California’s ban on the production of foie gras, claiming that it violated the Commerce Clause. In the case presented before the U.S. 9th District Circuit Court, you decided to uphold the original legislation and keep the ban in place.
Thank you for your diligence in seeing that this law remains in effect. Foie gras production is an act of torture and has no place in society. I hope that other states will follow the example you have set by not only outlawing the practice, but also by defending the decision to do so and protect these animals.
[Your Name Here]
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