Schwarzenegger Terminates Form of Animal Cruelty
Signs Bill to Ban Force Feeding of Birds to Produce Foie Gras
Sacramento, CA - Demonstrating he truly cares about the
welfare of animals, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today
signed SB 1520 into law, a bill that bans the force feeding
of ducks and geese in the production of foie gras. The bill
also bans the sale of the product when made from force fed
birds, both provisions taking effect in California in the
The bill, which bans the force feeding of ducks and geese
in the production of foie gras, as well as sales of the product
in California, is being carried by Senate President Pro-Tem
John Burton at the request of AVAR, Farm Sanctuary, Viva!USA,
and LA Lawyers for Animals. In order for the bill to pass
out of the senate, it was amended to have a 7 1/2 year phase
out before the law goes into effect.
Foie gras (or fatty liver) is produced by using a pipe inserted
into the esophagus of a duck or goose and force feeding excessive
amounts of food several times daily. This practice intentionally
causes their livers to swell to up to 10 times normal size.
Some restaurants serve the fatty liver as an expensive food
Many countries, including Denmark, Norway, Poland, Germany,
and Israel, ban the practice because it is considered cruel.
In the United States, there are only two producers of foie
gras, one in New York and one in California.
Please send a thank you to:
State Capitol Building
Sacramento, CA 95814