On 21st June 2024, the New York Supreme Court ruled against New York City’s ban on foie gras, so restaurants in New York City can continue to serve this infamous food made from diseased livers of force-fed ducks and geese. 

Local Law 202, enacted in 2019 by the NYC Council, banned the sale of foie gras in the city due to concerns over animal welfare. However, the three farms that produce and sell foie gras in the state (including La Belle and Hudson Valley Foie Gras from Ferndale, New York) complained about the law saying that it would have adverse effects on their businesses — which means that they consider their profits far more important than the suffering of sentient beings, which is the same attitude of the farmers who exploit cows, pigs, chickens, or fishes. La Belle Farms was founded in 1999 and keeps more than 182,000 ducks per year for foie gras and duck meat products, which is just a fraction of what the chicken industry produces (and yet, the prospect of banning factory farming of chickens in New York does not appear to be on the horizon).

The ban was initially set to take effect in November 2022, but it has been challenged in court since it was passed. In early 2023, New York City even sued the state to finally bring the law to fruition but was unsuccessful, and now the ban cannot be enacted. However, animal rights activists have been fighting for over five years to get foie gras banned in New York City, so they are unlikely to give up now. 

In 2006, Chicago banned the sale of foie gras in their city, but the ban was overturned in 2008. California is the only US state where foie gras has been banned since 2012, but residents can still order foie gras delivered from out of state. Last year the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a case brought by Canadian duck and goose farmers, along with Hudson Valley Foie Gras in New York, seeking to be able to sell foie gras in California. 

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Jordi Casamitjana
“Originally from Catalonia, but resident in the UK for several decades, Jordi is a vegan zoologist and author, who has been involved in different aspects of animal protection for many years. In addition to scientific research, he has worked mostly as an undercover investigator, animal welfare consultant, and animal protection campaigner. He has been an ethical vegan since 2002, and in 2020 he secured the legal protection of all ethical vegans in Great Britain from discrimination in a landmark employment tribunal case that was discussed all over the world. He is also the author of the book, ‘Ethical Vegan: a personal and political journey to change the world’.