California is probably the only state in the US where foie gras is banned, for both production and import. It became a big hotbed of disputes when, as governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill in September 2004, which read: ” “A person may not force feed a bird for the purpose of enlarging the bird’s liver beyond normal size, or hire another person to do so,” and a “product may not be sold in California if it is the result of force feeding a bird for the purpose of enlarging the bird’s liver beyond normal size.”
It took almost eight years so that the bill entered into force in July 2012. However, almost immediately after the, it was implemented, the foie gras activists filed a lawsuit and quickly got what they wanted back.
However, just last Friday, the 9th US District Court of Appeals rejected this bill, thus restoring the ban on the production of the foie gras.
The lawyer for the plaintiffs said the battle is not over. “The ruling is disappointing, the reasoning is flawed,” attorney Michael Tenenbaum was quoted as saying. But for now, the bird ban appears to be coming back – Food and Wine reports.