Banning the Sale of Foie Gras in New York City

The Animal Legal Defense Fund was a member of the coalition supporting Intro 1378 — banning the sale of foie gras in New York City.


November 8, 2019

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Foie gras is a cruelly-produced “gourmet” delicacy that comes from force-feeding young ducks and geese until their livers swell to up to eight times their natural size. Ducks and geese raised for foie gras endure painful force-feedings several times a day where a thick pipe is rammed down their throats. These birds frequently develop painful punctures in their beak and throat and become too heavy for their legs to hold them.

Intro 1378, sponsored by Council Member Carlina Rivera and supported by Speaker Corey Johnson, banned the sale of foie gras in New York City. It was signed into law by Mayor de Blasio on November 25th, 2019 and goes into effect in 2022.

New York City joins California, as well as numerous national businesses including Whole Foods Market and Target, in banning the sale of this cruel “delicacy.” Foie gras has also been banned in over a dozen countries. The Animal Legal Defense Fund is proud to be part of the coalition of organizations that made the passage of Intro 1378 possible. Learn more about the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s work against the foie gras industry.



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