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California foie gras ban within the constitution court rules


The decision by California politicians to ban foie gras has been judged to be constitutional.


The law went into effect in 2012, but was challenged only for The U.S. District Court for the Central District of California to dismiss the industry’s constitutional challenge in its entirety.


California banned the sale and production of foie gras out of concern for the animals.


In a statement the Animal Legal Defense Fund said:

“We are thrilled with the court’s decision affirming the constitutionality of California’s foie gras ban and rejecting the foie gras industry’s tired attacks against it.
“The court left open a narrow window for the challengers to try to substantiate their request that the ban not apply to out of state producers seeking to sell foie gras to California buyers.
“The Animal Legal Defense Fund will continue to monitor the case, and defend the foie gras law’s constitutionality and broad enforcement.”

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