Defense of Chicago’s Foie Gras Ban
Illinois Restaurant Association v. City of Chicago
In 2008, the Animal Legal Defense Fund drafted an amicus curiae brief in support of Chicago's foie gras ban.
May 15, 2018
Submitted Amicus Brief
Chicago repealed the ban in 2008
In 2006, Chicago’s City Council enacted a ban on the sale of foie gras, a “delicacy” produced by cruelly force feeding ducks and geese until their livers swell to many times their normal size.
The Illinois Restaurant Association, a restaurant trade group, filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging the ban. In 2007, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois dismissed the lawsuit.
The Illinois Restaurant Association appealed. In 2008, the Animal Legal Defense Fund petitioned for leave to file our amicus curiae brief in support of keeping the ban in place, and urging the Seventh Circuit to reject the restaurant association’s claim that the humane treatment of animals was not a legitimate local interest.
The Chicago City Council repealed the ban in 2008, rendering the appeal moot before the Seventh Circuit issued any ruling.
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