(CBS SF) – A Judge has overturned California’s ban on the sale of foie gras, the controversial duck liver dish that has been the target of animal rights activists for years.
U.S. District Judge Stephen V. Wilson upheld a challenge that the law was unconstitutional because it interferes with existing federal laws regulating the product, reports the L.A. Times.
The law was enacted nine years ago, but it gave the state’s only foie gras producer, Sonoma-Artisan Foie Gras, until 2012 to come up with a more humane way to make the delicacy. It wasn’t able to, so the French-inspired dish has been banned for two years.
“The state clearly has the right to ban the sale of the products of animal cruelty, and we expect the 9th Circuit will uphold this law, as it did in the previous round of litigation,” said Paul Shapiro from the Farm Animal Protection division of The Humane Society, indicating that the court battle isn’t over.