The Supreme Court has rejected appeals to overturn laws against cage confinement in California and Massachusetts.

The Court also refused to overturn a ban on the sale of foie gras in California.

In a blog post the Humane Society said: "Major progress always results in major pushback and we suspect that some cruel pork, egg, veal and foie gras producers will continue to try to undermine the will of voters.

"But with you at our side, we expect to prevail against all challenges to our precedent-setting work in this area.

"Thank you for your support, which makes these victories today — and all the progress we have achieved for hens, ducks, geese, pigs and calves who suffer as a result of intensive confinement and other factory farming practices — possible."

The Animal Legal Defense Fund welcomed the news of the decision not to overturn the foie gras ban.

Executive Director Stephen Wells said: "The Animal Legal Defense Fund celebrates the death knell for the foie gras industry’s long crusade against California’s landmark law."

"The suffering ducks endure to produce foie gras is intolerable and rightfully outlawed."

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