This week, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) rejected to hear challenges against the standing ban on the production and sale of foie gras in California. The Association des Éleveurs de Canards et d’Oies du Québec, a group that represents goose and duck farmers in Canada, brought the challenge after San Francisco’s 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated the ban in 2017. Foie gras—the engorged liver of a goose or duck who are cruelly force-fed corn—was first outlawed in California in 2004 and went into effect in 2012. In 2015, after widespread objections voiced by animal farmers and chefs, the state overturned the ban. The SCOTUS decision to reject a hearing on the matter solidifies the stance taken by the 9th Circuit Court. In December, Amazon announced it would no longer sell foie gras in California as part of a $100,000 settlement for a lawsuit filed against the online retailer by prosecutors in Los Angeles, Monterey, and Santa Clara for violating the state’s standing ban.
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