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PETA Files Suit Against Sneaky Foie Gras Sale

Written by Michelle Kretzer | November 28, 2012

A little-known restaurant in Hermosa Beach, California, must have thought it was being sly. The restaurant was selling a hamburger topped with foie gras when California’s ban on the sale of the cruelly produced, diseased duck liver went into effect on July 1. After the ban was in place, the restaurant continued to serve the foie gras burger but tried to be crafty by changing the menu to read that people who purchased the burger would receive a free side of foie gras. But PETA wasn’t buying it.

We contacted the Hermosa Beach Police Department, but with a lot on their plates, they haven’t gotten around to the case. So we’ve taken the matter to court, filing suit against the restaurant, called Hot’s Kitchen, for engaging in unlawful business practices.

Of course, selling foie gras isn’t just unlawful—it’s despicable. Every PETA undercover investigation of a foie gras farm has revealed that ducks often choke to death when workers ram hard metal tubes down their throats to force-feed them and that ducks’ organs often rupture from the excessive amounts of grain that are pumped into their stomachs. One duck had a gaping hole in his neck that was so severe that water spilled from it when he drank. And two ducks whose organs had swelled so large that they could not move were being eaten alive by rats.

Foie gras production is so cruel that 15 countries have banned it, including the U.K., Germany, and Australia, and more U.S. states will likely follow California’s lead. And PETA intends to make sure that greedy restaurant owners won’t get away with underhandedly hawking this “delicacy of despair.” 

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  • marina says:

    Businesses would do EVERYTHING to receive high profit. They use those cages-boxes in order to save space and have maximum number of ducks and geese. Celebrities should interfere. They have power to impact on that cruelty and help to stop that horror. Of course, governments should introduce rules to stop it.

  • delacoudre chantal says:

    c est ignoble arreter ces torture c est dégueulasse et inhumain mais les gens qui font ca sont t il humain ?j ai du mal a le croire chantal

  • Chris J says:

    Interesting. It’s still not 100% certain for me that this practice of ‘grauvage’ (sp?) is cruel or harmful to the animals, given that ducks as winter approach will naturally tend to stuff themselves for their long winters. I have little doubt that there are occurrences of cruelty during this process, just as I might believe that the process might also be done humanely, within the norms of propriety expected and required by law for the preparation of animals for food consumption, There is a tendril of belief in me that eating animal meat might be ethically or morally wrong, but I sincerely doubt that your strident organization will currently be able to convince me to become a vegetarian for either moral or ethical reasons. From a practical standpoint, I do recognize that a vegetarian lifestyle can be healthier.

  • Robert Reeves says:

    It is great to stand up for what you believe in, no matter what is is. Thank you for the inspiration.

  • robertperry says:

    PLEASE PLEASE STOP THIS CRUELTY

  • BROCK says:

    ANIMALS HAVE THE RIGHT TO LIVE JUST AS MUCH AS HUMANS DO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:] how can i help

  • brock says:

    This is a very good program. I think it is very wrong to hurt these animals. They should be able to live just like us! This is very ashaming that human beings would do this to nature!

  • RICHARD says:

    HOW CAN ANY HUMAN DO SUCH A TERRIBLE THING TO ANOTHER LIVING BEING. WHAT IS WRONG WITH THEIR MIND. NO EMPATHY AT ALL.

  • brittany says:

    Good for you guys! You are making the world a better place! :)

  • Helen says:

    What I don’t get is why foie gras production has been banned here in the UK but restaurants and shops are still allowed to sell it?

  • Secret says:

    Good for you guys! you have done sooo much for all these animals thank you! <3

  • Victoria says:

    Very underhand and actually illegal due to the more intelligent, caring consumers and animal advocates taking a stance

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