The suit filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles maintains the law, which outlaws force-feeding birds for the purpose of enlarging their livers and selling products from force-fed birds, is unconstitutional, vague and interferes with federal commerce laws.
“I think the injunction will help all chefs from the risk of unknowingly breaking the law, and give our legislators time to fix it,” said Sean Chaney, executive chef and co-owner of Hot’s Restaurant Group Inc., one of the plaintiffs named in the suit. The group has restaurants in Hermosa Beach and Northridge. “There’s so much vagueness in the whole thing.”
Association des Éleveurs de Canards et d’Oies du Québec, the nonprofit group that represents farmers and distributors, and New York’s Hudson Valley Foie Gras, North America’s largest producer of the delicacy, are also listed as plaintiffs.
This is great news, and follows on the heels of a similar suit to overturn California’s equally dumb shark-fin ban, along with a suit seeking to overturn the state’s caged-egg law (known as Proposition 2).