Supreme Court Deals Big Wins for Animals

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In a big win for animals, yesterday the U.S. Supreme Court let stand three important laws: California and Massachusetts’ bans on cage confinement, and California’s foie gras ban. Foie Gras California originally enacted a ban on foie gras — diseased and abnormally enlarged liver produced by inhumanely force-feeding ducks and geese — in 2012. The law imposes a fine of …

Win for Ducks: Federal Court Reinstates California’s Foie Gras Ban!

smcdonald Animals, Legal Advocacy, Victories

In a victory for ducks and geese, today’s unanimous 3-0 decision from the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals reenacts California’s ban on cruel foie gras! The court’s powerful decision states, “As societal values change, so too do our notions of acceptable food products…California, like a growing number of countries around the world, has concluded that force-fed foie gras is…repugnant.” Translated as …

Will New York Ban Cruel Practice of Force-Feeding Birds?

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Compassion Over Killing (COK) has sent a letter in support of State Bill S1559, legislation that would ban the painful and cruel force-feeding of birds in New York, home to two of the nation’s largest foie gras factory farms. COK writes, “New York is one of the only states in the US where this practice continues, and hidden-camera footage taken by …

France Halts Foie Gras Production – For Now

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This week, the French Ministry of Agriculture announced a ban on most of the country’s production of foie gras — or the “fatty liver” of ducks and geese — until August. No, it’s not based on welfare concerns but rather it’s related to “a particularly virulent strain of bird flu,” or H5N1 in southwestern France. The country supplies approximately 75% of foie gras around …

A Misleading Oath or a Missed Opportunity?

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Did you ever dream of becoming a veterinarian when you were a kid?  Of working with animals every day? Many children, compelled by their deep love for animals, grow up to be veterinarians and dedicate their lives to caring for them. That’s why it’s disappointing that the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), an organization that represents over 86,000 veterinarians nationwide, …

Disaster for Ducks: Federal Court Overturns CA’s Foie Gras Sales Ban

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In a disappointing turn of events, yesterday, a federal court struck down a California law that prohibits the sale of foie gras, a cruelty-laden product made from the diseased livers of ducks and geese. This decision, which will hopefully be appealed by the state, means foie gras can once again be sold in California. California’s foie gras ban that went …