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U.S. Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Challenge to California’s Foie Gras Ban

Absent further court challenges, California’s landmark ban on force feeding ducks to produce foie gras will stay in effect. The U.S. Supreme Court has denied a request by a handful of foie gras proponents to review the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals’s 2013 ruling upholding the law.

Jonathan Lovvorn, chief counsel for the Humane Society of the United States, said: "The Supreme Court’s decision means that the people of California have the right to prohibit the sale of certain food items, solely because they are the product of animal cruelty. The holding in this case – that States have the right to cleanse their markets of cruel products — is a precedent of enormous consequence for millions of animals."

Former state senator John Burton, who wrote the law and ensured its enactment, said: “This effort was a long, hard fight. But it was worth fighting and worth winning.”


Media Contact: Anna West: 301-258-1518; awest@humanesociety.org