Suppliers Take California Foie Gras Ban Fight to US Supreme Court

Foie gras is made by force feeding fowl to increase the size of their liver

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    Suppliers of the controversial French delicacy foie gras are fed up.

    They are taking their fight to the country's highest court, battling a ban dubbed "Foiemageddon" that has been in place in California for two years.

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    Attorneys General for 13 states, including -- including South Carolina, Missouri, Kansas and Georgia, are requesting that the U.S. Supreme Court review California's ban, saying it is unfair.

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    The bill, which former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law in 2004, is the first law of its type in the country and took effect in 2012. The law prohibits the sale of all force-fed poultry products in the state.

    It's controversial because the delicacy requires the force feeding of ducks or geese, which proponents of the law said is inhumane and causes severe suffering to the birds.

    Violators can face fines up to $1,000 each day.

    Animal rights’ group PETA sued a restaurant in Hermosa Beach in 2012 for allegedly serving foie gras.

    KPCC contributed to this report.

    CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story incorrectly misstated the parties requesting that the U.S. Supreme Court review California's ban.