PETA sues Hermosa Beach eatery for serving foie gras

Statewide Foie Gras Ban Goes Into Effect Next Week In California

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Chef Sean Chaney holds a gourmet dish made with foie gras and shishido peppers at Hot's Kitchen during a "Farewell Foie Gras" event back in June 29, 2012 in Hermosa Beach. The restaurant is still serving foie gras as a side dish with one of the menu's burgers.

Statewide Foie Gras Ban Goes Into Effect Next Week In California

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Foie gras dishes are prepared at Hot's Kitchen during a "Farewell Fois Gras" event on June 29, 2012 in Hermosa Beach, a week before California banned the French delicacy.


The animal rights group PETA is suing a restaurant in Hermosa Beach that's dishing out foie gras for "gratis."

Matthew Strugar of PETA tells NBC LA that "Hot's Kitchen" is skirting around the foie gras ban by offering it as a side dish for free. 

California banned the sale of the delicacy back in July. But Hot's Kitchen may have found a loophole: Buy a "THE" Burger at the restaurant and receive a free side of the delicacy during your meal.

"The allegation that you can have foie gras for free is as childish as it is illegal," Strugar says. "The only way to get foie gras from this restaurant is to purchase an $8 burger."

Hot's Kitchen chef Sean Chaney said in a statement that foie gras can be made humanely, and the restaurant continues to provide customers with wholesome and humane animal products.

Foie gras is made by force-feeding geese or ducks to enlarge their livers.

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