Statement from PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk, re: Judge Strikes Down Ban on Restaurants Importing and Serving Cruel Foie Gras in California:

For Immediate Release:
January 7, 2015

Foie gras is French for “fatty liver,” and “fathead” is the American word for the shameless chefs who actually need a law to make them stop serving the swollen, near-bursting organ of a cruelly force-fed bird. A line will be drawn in the sand outside any restaurant that goes back to serving this “torture in a tin,” and whoever crosses that line identifies themselves with gluttony that cannot control itself even to the point of torturing animals. No one should forget that the court found that it is still illegal to force-feed a bird and produce foie gras in California, although it now allows foie gras produced in other states that allow such cruelty to be sold in California. The state will surely appeal the bad part of this ruling, and PETA believes that this decision will be reversed on appeal.

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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