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With CA’s possible ban on foie gras, a look at support and opposition to selling the delicacy

Foie gras dishes are prepared at Hot's Kitchen during a
Foie gras dishes are prepared at Hot's Kitchen during a "Farewell Fois Gras" event on June 29, 2012 in Hermosa Beach, California.
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Judges ruled in California’s 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last week that the state may enforce a 2004 ban on the sale of foie gras.

As reported by the Los Angeles Times, debate over the liver pate delicacy has been going through courts since the initial ruling on the ban, which was implemented in 2012, eight years after the initial ruling. The ban was then lifted in 2015.

Animal rights activists have criticized the force-feeding of animals to produce foie gras. But restaurant companies like Manhattan and Hermosa Beach-based Hot’s Kitchen, which has been involved in appeals to the ban, argue that this is a question of choice.

What is your take on the sale of foie gras?


Michael Tenenbaum, Santa Monica-based attorney who represented plaintiffs including Hot’s Kitchen in several cases to stop the foie gras ban

Gene Baur, president and CEO of Farm Sanctuary, an animal rights advocacy organization that helps animals recover from abuse