Pictured: Foie gras' former victims.
Fans of force-feeding geese are going to have to find another way to exercise their hobby. The Supreme Court has said that California's ban on foie gras will stand. (Full disclosure: We think foie gras is delicious. Even though the way it's made is horrific.)
Though the law was passed in 2004, it didn't go into effect until 2012. At that point, a group of Los Angeles restaurants—joined by Canadian and New York producers—filed a lawsuit to block it, arguing that it violated the Constitution's interstate commerce clause. A ruling by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the ban, which lead to the group appealing to the Supreme Court. But on Tuesday, the Court refused to hear that challenge, leaving the lower court's decision in place. (Court member most likely to enjoy foie gras as a regular breakfast food: Antonin Scalia. Least likely: Elena Kagan.)
The law was originally authored by John Burton, currently the head of the California Democratic Party, then a State Senator. (Even Leland Yee voted for the ban.) He joined animal rights groups in welcoming the ruling, telling Reuters, "This effort was a long, hard fight. But it was worth fighting and worth winning."
The ruling leaves gourmands to search elsewhere for fat built up from over-consumption of corn. May we suggest the rest of the United States?