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.

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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.

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