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.
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Chicago repealed the ban in 2008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The Chicago City Council repealed the ban in 2008, rendering the appeal moot before the Seventh Circuit issued any ruling.
The U.S. District Court for the Central District of California dismissed the industry’s constitutional challenge in its entirety, and forbade the plaintiffs from trying to renew those claims.January 15, 2020 News
The Animal Legal Defense Fund applauds Speaker Corey Johnson and the NYC Council for voting to end the sale of foie gras. Intro 1378, sponsored by Council Member Carlina Rivera, now moves to Mayor de Blasio, who is expected to sign the bill into law.October 30, 2019 News
Restaurant Vows to Cease Foie Gras “Giveaways” Declared Illegal by Appellate Court.August 27, 2019 Press Release