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PETA Sues California Restaurant for Serving Foie Gras

PETA Sues California Restaurant for Serving Foie Gras

PETA has filed a lawsuit against Hot’s Kitchen, in Los Angeles County Superior Court, alleging the restaurant on Hermosa Avenue is violating both the foie gras sales ban and the state’s unfair competition law, which prohibits businesses from engaging in unlawful business practices.

On July 1, 2012, despite strong opposition from some restaurant owners, California’s foie gras ban became operative, prohibiting the sale of foie gras in the entire state.

However, Hot’s Kitchen found a way to work around the ban and continue serving foie gras. According to the restaurant’s menu, if you buy “THE” Burger, you receive a free side of foie gras.

“The allegation that you can have foie gras for free is as childish as it is illegal,” Matthew Strugar of PETA told NBC Los Angeles. “The only way you can get foie gras is to purchase an eight-dollar burger.”

Hot’s Kitchen chef Sean Chaney said in a statement that foie gras can be made humanely, and the restaurant continues to provide customers with wholesome and humane animal products.

Click here to read more about how foie gras is made.

Image Source: Charles Haynes/Flickr

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3 comments on “PETA Sues California Restaurant for Serving Foie Gras”

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5 Years Ago

they are seriously trying to say fois gras can be made humanely? do they also claim there is such a thing as humane slaughter? how about humane rape? humane slavery? GO GET EM PETA! Thank you for making the world better!

5 Years Ago

Hot's is serving foie gras. Money is being exchanged in transactions that include foie gras. It is illegal to sell foie gras in the state of California. Hot's is selling foie gras illegally. A bunch of lawyers will muddy the waters and argue about the cost of mustard and onions, but the bottom line is this: Hot's is serving an item that was produced by torturing ducks. Foie gras production is cruel. Anyone with an ounce of compassion can see that, and reasonable people should choose not to eat foie gras.

5 Years Ago

Kudos to PETA for calling out this restaurant's childish attempt to get away with selling a "product" so cruel that it has been outlawed in 15 countries, including the U.K., Germany, and Australia (in addition to the state of California). There are plenty of other delicious and decadent things to eat that don't necessitate ramming pipes down birds' throats and force-feeding them until their livers become ballooned and diseased.


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