Target: California Court of Appeals
Goal: Commend for upholding foie gras ban
California’s ban on the production and sale of foie gras has been upheld by a California federal appeals court. Foie gras producers were given a seven year phase-in period so that they could develop and execute alternative methods of producing foie gras. But instead of seeking alternatives to the cruel force feeding of ducks, foie gras proponents waited seven years for the law to take effect, and then sued the state of California in an attempt to strike down the ban. They lost their motion to temporarily block the state from enforcing the law, so appealed that decision to the Ninth Circuit where a three-judge panel affirmed the lower court’s decision. The court held that the foie gras law was well within the state’s broad authority to enact humane laws and prevent animal cruelty.
Foie gras is a terrible industry for ducks. The standard industry practice is forcing ducks to consume significantly more than normal by shoving a pipe down their throat. Allegedly, workers at Hudson Valley dragged ducks by their necks along the wire floor and pinned the ducks between their legs before ramming metal tubes down their throats and pumping food into their stomachs. PETA’s investigator also documented that during slaughter, at least one bird was still moving after his throat had been cut.
More than a dozen countries, including the United Kingdom, Denmark, Finland, Germany and Israel have either prohibited force feeding for foie gras production or interpreted it as illegal under existing anti-cruelty laws. Many cities had banned foie gras before the state ban came into effect. Commend California Court of Appeals for upholding the foie gras ban.
Dear California Court of Appeals,
Thank you for upholding the foie gras ban. Being raised to make foie gras is a terrible life for ducks, who are force fed much more than normal and have a pipe shoved down their throat. Foie gras slaughter houses are also incredibly inhumane, with ducks allegedly dragged by the neck and still move after slaughter.
Banning foie gras in California was a wonderful move for animal welfare, and I commend you for upholding the ban.
[Your Name Here]
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