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Foie gras ban remains intact in California; 9th Circuit says challenge unlikely to succeed

Posted Sep 3, 2013 8:26 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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A federal appeals court has refused to block a California law that bars the force-feeding of ducks or geese to make foie gras.

The San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said challengers to the law were unlikely to succeed on the merits of their constitutional arguments. How Appealing notes coverage by Bloomberg News, the Associated Press and the Los Angeles Times and links to the decision (PDF), issued on Friday.

Foie gras producers had argued the law interferes with commerce and its definition of force feeding was too vague.

The case is Association des Eleveurs de Canards et d’Oies du Quebec v. Harris.

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