Yesterday was an important day for animal lovers living in California: the sale of foie gras has been banned in this state. Foie gras is the diseased and enlarged liver of a duck or goose, produced through force feeding (called "gavage").
The ban was passed by California state law-makers in 2004, and it included a seven year grace period before taking effect. In recent months, many chefs have been staging special foie gras dinners with cruel glee. Animal rights protesters responded, showing up at these dinners with posters showing the cruel and inhumane conditions that produce foie gras.
Many of us at SaveABunny are elated that the ban has finally gone into effect and at least some ducks will no longer suffer the cruelty of force feeding!
More media/blog coverage:
- Foie gras: the long, controversial road to a food ban at UT San Diego
- Foie Gras Ban About to Take Effect in California on Wayne Pacelle: A Humane Nation Blog
- StopForceFeeding.com, the Animal Protection & Rescue League website about Foie Gras.
- Facebook Page for United for Animals Foie Gras Fight