The following excerpt is from an article that originally appeared on Hit and Run
Food policy expert Baylen Linnekin looks at the federal court ruling that resurrects California’s ban on force-feeding ducks and geese to make foie gras and is not impressed:
Last week, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a District Court ruling that had struck down California’s dumb and unconstitutional foie gras ban. The plaintiffs are already planning their appeal. Technically the ban is back, but the law won’t be enforced while the appeal is pending.
“It is unprecedented and unconstitutional that the California legislature can dictate how New York farmers care for their animals, produced in compliance with New York’s strict animal welfare laws, and processed under federal inspection,” said Marcus Henley, manager of Hudson Valley Foie Gras, a co-plaintiff that’s based in New York State, in an email to me this week.
“States have the right to protect their citizens from inhumane and substandard products,” said Paulpost was originally published on this site