AirTalk for July 16, 2014

Should the Supreme Court take up California’s foie gras ban?

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, California.

The Supreme Court may consider California’s ban on foie gras after thirteen states banded together to urge a review of the law. Opponents of the law argue that a ban in California amounts of one state dictating farming methods used in other states. California’s foie gras ban was adopted in 2004 but took effect in 2012, and prohibits the sale of all force-fed poultry products in the state. Animal rights advocates say that the methods for producing foie gras are inhumane -- typically, ducks are force fed until their livers enlarge beyond typical size.

Should the Supreme Court take up California’s law banning foie gras? How does interstate commerce factor in to this decision? Do you support the ban, or are you eager to see foie gras back on the menu in California?

Guest:

Ken Frank, Chef and Partner at Napa's La Toque restaurant; Mr. Frank has faced lawsuits for giving away foie gras instead of selling it to customers

Paul Shapiro, Vice President, Farm Animal Protection, The Humane Society of the United States


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