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We advocate on all animal protection and exploitation issues, including experimentation, factory farming, rodeos, breeders and traveling animal acts.

Animal Defenders of Westchester
P.O. Box 205
Yonkers, NY 10704

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Stop Foie Gras Production

Federal Court Upholds California Foie Gras Ban

A three-judge panel of a federal appeals court has unanimously ruled to uphold the enforcement of a recently enacted California law banning the sale of foie gras produced from birds who have been cruelly force-fed. The decision is in response to a lawsuit filed by out-of-state foie gras producers, including Hudson Valley Foie Gras in New York, and a California restaurant group.

The court held that the intent of the foie gras ban was to discourage the product's consumption and to "prevent complicity in a practice that [California] deemed cruel to animals." According to the ruling, the law applies to "California entities and out-of-state entities and precludes sales within California of products produced by force feeding birds, regardless of where the force feeding occurred."

This ruling comes on the heels of a recent Mercy For Animals investigation at Hudson Valley Foie Gras, the country's largest foie gras producer. The shocking undercover footage shows workers violently grabbing ducks by their wings and necks and shoving metal pipes down their throats in order to force-feed them. This painful force-feeding process causes the birds' livers to swell up to 10 times their normal size. The resulting diseased, fatty livers are sold as "foie gras" at Amazon.com.

Despite international outcry, Amazon continues to sell foie gras worldwide, including in California where the cruel product has been banned. MFA is calling on the world's largest online retailer to take a stand against egregious cruelty to animals by prohibiting the sale of foie gras. It's time for Amazon to stop ducking this important issue by implementing an ethical and humane policy banning the sale of foie gras.


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