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U.S. Supreme Court lets stand bans on cage confinement and foie gras

Foie gras is produced by force-feeding a duck or goose such excessive amounts of food that his liver becomes swollen and diseased.

HSUS: ‘In a victory that will likely prevent significant suffering for millions of farm animals, the Supreme Court today snuffed out efforts by the factory farming lobby and associated interests to overturn landmark laws against cage confinement in California and Massachusetts, and a California ban on the sale of foie gras.

The court declined to take up challenges to California and Massachusetts laws enacted in 2010 and 2016 prohibiting the sale of certain cruelly produced eggs, pork and veal — successful measures that the Humane Society of the United States and our allies worked hard to pass. This is also good news for California’s Proposition 12, which the state’s voters approved by a substantial majority two months ago.

Prop 12 built on existing California law to ban the extreme confinement of egg-laying hens, mother pigs and calves raised for veal in cages so small they can barely move. Crucially, it also prohibits the sale of eggs, pork and veal from facilities that cruelly confine animals.

The Supreme Court also declined to take a case aimed at overturning another success, California’s ban on the sale of force-fed foie gras. Foie gras is produced by force-feeding a duck or goose such excessive amounts of food that his liver becomes swollen and diseased’. SOURCE…

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