PETA Statement: New Loophole in California’s Foie Gras Ban

For Immediate Release:
July 15, 2020

Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

Sacramento, Calif. – Below, please find a statement from PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman in response to yesterday’s ruling by a federal judge that permits foie gras to be sold in California if it comes from an out-of-state seller, the transaction is processed outside the state, payment is received and processed outside the state, the foie gras is given to the purchaser or delivery service outside the state, and it is transported by a third party to the buyer within the state:

California was right to try to keep foie gras out of the state, because it’s cruel to ram pipes down birds’ throats and force-feed them grain and fat in order to engorge their livers. While state restaurants are still prohibited from selling foie gras, PETA is urging the attorney general to file an appeal to close the loophole that allows abused birds’ diseased organs to be delivered to Californians under any circumstances, no matter how restrictive.

PETA’s motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat,” and we oppose speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, visit

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