Economy

Judges reinstate California foie gras ban

Judges reinstate California foie gras ban”

The main question was whether the state was banning an ingredient or a process. But animal rights activists have long maintained the market for the delicacy drives poultry producers to cruelly force-feed the birds.

California enacted a law in 2004 that banned serving foie gras that was produced through force feeding birds in order to fatten up their liver before slaughter.

The ban took effect in 2012 in California but was suspended by a judge in 2015. Many chefs opposed the California law, saying they like preparing foie gras and their customers want to eat it.

But foie gras farmers in Canada and NY and the restaurant Hot's Kitchen in Hermosa Beach targeted a second part of the law that banned foie gras produced out of state.

"It prohibits selling diseased livers of birds force-fed by jamming tubes down their throat and pumping concentrated food down their esophagus", Goodman said in an interview. Today three federal judges determined that the ruling in 2015 was in error.

Svetlana Kolpakova / DreamstimeHide your foie gras, California restauranteurs!

In sending the case back to Wilson, the panel also reasoned that the ban was not preempted even if it functioned as a total ban on foie gras. The PPIA prohibits states from imposing requirements on ingredients that contradict federal regulations. "Although plaintiffs invite us to expand the definition of "ingredients" to include animal husbandry practices, that is within Congress's bailiwick, not ours." . That part of the law, phased in over seven years, was not challenged.

Jared Goodman, a lawyer for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, said that group was "thrilled" by the decision.

Wayne Pacelle, CEO of the Humane Society, noted that the ruling could have implications beyond California.

A federal appeals court reinstated California's ban on foie gras Friday, finding that a state law preventing sales of the luxury liver pate made by force-feeding ducks and geese was not pre-empted by federal authority to regulate poultry products.

U.S. Circuit Judges John Owens and Harry Pregerson joined Nguyen in the opinion.



Like this

loading...
loading...

Latest


16 September 2017
Hurricane Irma strikes Florida and causes blackouts
Irma first made landfall in Cuba as a Category 5 hurricane late Friday night and downgraded to a Category 3 on Sunday . Hundreds of thousands of people are without power in Florida as Hurricane Irma's winds and rain lash the state.

16 September 2017
Can they cement a deal? Dangote in PPC takeover bid
Dangote Cement Plc is Africa's leading cement producer with almost 46 million tonnes per annum (Mta) capacity across Africa. In February, former PPC chief Darryl Castle said PPC would be the "architects" of consolidation in the industry.

16 September 2017
World's oldest woman is dead
Mosse-Brown told a local Jamaican news outlet that she didn't have a secret to longevity, but she hinted at some tricks. She is the first verified supercentenarian from Jamaica and holds the record as the oldest person from the country ever.

16 September 2017
Hurricane Irma wrecks Sir Richard Branson's Necker Island home
The total death toll from Irma has reached 61, with 38 deaths occurring in the Caribbean and 23 in the United States. John have been destroyed, she said , along with 90 percent of the boats docked on the island, including houseboats.

16 September 2017
Recent Virginia Tech tests show lower lead levels in Flint water
Flint water still contains "an average lead reading.of 8.3 parts per billion" and we know that any level of lead is not safe. But safeguards such as bottled water still are recommended because the federal standard is outdated, he said.

16 September 2017
TTV Dhinakaran to hold public meet seeking exemption from NEET
After the demise of former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, 1 seat is vacant making the total no to 233. One of them shifted camps to support Palaniswami later.

16 September 2017
Lomachenko to fight Rigondeaux on December 9 at Madison Square Garden
Both competitors boast remarkable amateur records, as Lomachenko was 396-1, while Rigondeaux went 463-12. He likes to challenge himself and this is a fight he has talked to us about for a while".

16 September 2017
JNU, Delhi University barred by Narendra Modi government from accepting foreign donations
ICMR director general Soumya Swaminathan told the newspaper that the matter had been resolved. An FCRA licence is mandatory for any organisation wanting to receive funding from overseas .

16 September 2017
People Aboard Sinking Robben Island Ferry 'Safely Ashore'
A Robben Island ferry used to transport staff is at the centre of a dramatic rescue operation that is in progress this Friday afternoon.

16 September 2017
3 reasons why the Eagles can beat the Chiefs on Sunday
One factor is that the Eagles will have to travel to Arrowhead Stadium , viewed as one of the toughest places to play in the NFL . Chiefs RB Kareem Hunt tallied 246 scrimmage yards (148 rushing), the most by an National Football League player in his debut.