Foie Gras Ban May Be Loosely Enforced

Foie gras eaters' last chance is Sunday. Or is it?

By Chris Roberts
|  Thursday, Jun 28, 2012  |  Updated 2:06 PM PDT
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Foie Gras Ban May Be Loosely Enforced

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Foodies fearing for their next taste of foie gras after Sunday -- when a ban on force-fed duck livers goes into effect in California -- may not have to go far.

They might be able to try the California restaurant that last served them, as police and other officials say they have "no plans" to enforce the ban, according to reports.

The ban was passed in 2004, and chefs who serve foie gras, made from the engorged livers of force-fed ducks and geese, face a $1,000 fine.

But who will hand out the fines? Police in San Francisco and Los Angeles say they have no plans to enforce the ban, the San Francisco Examiner reported.

Ditto with the Department of Animal Care and Control -- who add that they can't punish chefs who hand out foie gras as a sample or as "a bonus to a dish," the newspaper reported.

Chefs may also be allowed to prepare foie gras brought in by a customer, the newspaper reported.

Animal-rights advocates are not deterred. They say they'll "go after cooks who continue serving the food," the newspaper reported.

"We’re going to come down like a hammer on any chef or restaurant that wants to continue serving this very cruel product," said Bryan Pease, co-founder of the Animal Protection and Rescue League in San Diego, the newspaper reported.

Eateries serving liver would face "lawsuits, protests, and boycotts," Pease said.
 

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