PETA Files Foie Gras Lawsuit Against California Restaurant
The Foie Gras battle is far from over, at least in California. In a latest broadside attack by the anti-Foie Gras lobby, PETA has filed a lawsuit against Hot’s Kitchen, a restaurant on Hermosa Beach, California, for serving this banned delicacy on its menu. The lawsuit is first of its kind after the ban on Foie Gras was brought into effect in July this year. The restaurant has defended itself, saying that it was offering Foie Gras as just a complimentary side dish with the order, “The Burger.”
Jeff Kerr, PETA’s general counsel, who filed the lawsuit in the Los Angeles Superior Court, called the restaurant’s defensive stand as “a transparent attempt to evade the law, plain and simple.”
According to PETA, the Hermosa Beach restaurant was offering ‘a complimentary side of Foie Gras’ with “The Burger.” Everybody knows that Foie Gras is the swollen liver of a duck or goose, which has been force-fed. While connoisseurs consider this as a delicacy for its flavor and rich texture, but animal rights groups, like PETA, have been campaigning endlessly against banning this delicacy that is borne out of an inhumane process.
The ban on Foie Gras, which was implemented on July 1, 2012, prohibits the sale or production of Foie Gras or face a penalty of $1,000 per sale and per day. While most restaurants have already removed this delicacy from their menus, some restaurants are still serving it on the sly.
Considering the fact that Hot’s Kitchen has already been at the forefront of the campaign to overturn this law, it makes sense that PETA should now take on the restaurant management over flouting the Foie Gras ban.
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