PETA Protestors Celebrate: Foie Gras Back Off the Table in California

For Immediate Release:
September 15, 2017

David Perle 202-483-7382

Los Angeles – Below, please find a statement from PETA President Ingrid Newkirk concerning the federal court’s reinstatement of California’s ban on selling foie gras:

The champagne corks are popping at PETA because the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has rightly held that California’s foie gras ban was not preempted by federal law, thereby reinstating the law that prohibits selling the diseased livers of birds who were overfed forcibly through a tube that was rammed down their throats. PETA has protested against this practice for years, showing videos of geese being force-fed that no one but the most callous chefs could stomach and revealing that foie gras is torture on toast and unimaginably cruel. Now, the court has agreed that California can prohibit its sale. PETA reminds everyone that faux gras, which can be eaten with a clear conscience, is readily available.

Photos of PETA members protesting Hot’s Kitchen—which persisted to serve foie gras—can be seen here. PETA members will protest again at Hot’s Kitchen today at 2 p.m. at 844 Hermosa Ave., Hermosa Beach.

PETA’s motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat.” For more information, please visit

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind