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Foie Gras Law

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Los Angeles, CA
Post #: 5,294
So, I looked up the Foie Gras law and here's the link to the actual law.


Here's a pretty good summary...

California's ban on the production and sale of foie gras (pronounced "fwah grah") will go into effect July 1, eight years after SB 1520 (by then-Sen. John Burton - Dem.) was signed into law by then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, in 2004. The long lead time was intended to give the state's sole producer, Sonoma-Artisan Foie Gras, ample time to "modify its business practices." However, the law also will apply to the sale here of foie gras produced outside California.

Under the law:
"A person may not force-feed a bird for the purpose of enlarging the bird's liver beyond normal size, or hire another person to do so."
"A product may not be sold in California if it is the result of force-feeding a bird for the purpose of enlarging the bird's liver beyond normal size."
"A peace officer, officer of a humane society ... or officer of an animal control or animal regulation department of a public agency ... may issue a citation to a person or entity that violates this chapter."
"A citation issued under this section shall require the person cited to pay a civil penalty in an amount up to $1,000 for each violation, and up to $1,000 for each day the violation continues."

So there appears to be loopholes...

  • There's no law about buying foie gras outside the state and transporting it to California.
  • Or someone could buy it in Las Vegas and ship it to California to a friend...
  • There's no law against eating foie gras...
  • No law about possession of FG

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