The European Foie Gras Federation - Euro Foie Gras - denounces the rejection by the US Supreme Court of the petition asking if the federal law of inspection of poultry products takes precedence over the California law prohibiting products from gavage. This petition followed the validation on appeal in 2017 of a law prohibiting the sale of products from the "force feeding [of] a bird for the purpose of enlarging the bird’s liver beyond a normal size".
Contrary to what is said by foie gras opponents, the Supreme Court's rejection does not mean that it has arbitrated in favour of banning foie gras in California. This decision, in fact, merely indicates that the Supreme Court did not want to seize the case, as is often the case: out of 8,000 petitions received every year, only 1% are processed. It is not a judgement on the merits!
The refusal of the Supreme Court of the filed petition does not mean the end of foie gras in California. Indeed, the constitutional challenge of the California law will now go to the Federal District Court, which had arbitrated in 2015 in favour of the defenders of foie gras represented by the Association of breeders of ducks and geese of Quebec (AECOQ), the Hudson Valley Foie Gras (the largest distributor of foie gras in the United States) and a Californian restaurateur.
For Christophe Barrailh, President of Euro Foie Gras: "It is unacceptable that the marketing of a high gastronomy product is prohibited on an erroneous basis. Disinformation and demagoguery must not be the driving force of law-making and the freedom of consumers to buy a product of high gastronomy must be respected."
Foie gras comes from a traditional know-how practiced with expertise and respectful of the welfare of animals, who live 90% of their life outside before the fattening phase which lasts between 10 and 14 days, with two meals per day. The fattening phase is only possible because foie gras palmipeds have the capacity to store fats in order to be able to make long migratory journeys. The meal is administered only after verifying that the animal has properly digested its previous meal. The compatibility of this phase with animal welfare is demonstrated by a series of independent studies, constantly ignored by those who undertake to misinform the general public by leading them into an anthropomorphic perception of the animal who, although sentient, remains nonetheless different from a human being.
In Europe and across the Atlantic, the European Federation of Foie Gras defends the right of consumers to enjoy a gastronomic product and hopes that the Federal District Court will judge in their favour.
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