Sonoma Foie Gras Secures Passage of SB 1520 Reports Humane Farming Association
Force-Feeding LEGALIZED in California
'We asked the Governor to sign the bill.'
-- Guillermo Gonzalez, Owner, Sonoma Foie Gras
'SB 1520 does not ban the food product, foie gras.'
-- Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- The following is being issued by Humane Farming Association: Over the vehement protests of informed animal activists and concerned citizens, California's sole foie gras producer, the notorious Sonoma Foie Gras company, has successfully passed SB 1520 by Senator John Burton. As a result, California has become the first state in the nation to explicitly legalize the torturous practice of force-feeding ducks and geese to produce foie gras. For promotional purposes, some have attempted to portray SB 1520 as a "victory" for animals. But, as noted in press reports, "The state's lone farm engaged in the practice, Sonoma Foie Gras, also hailed it as a victory." It is easy to understand the industry's jubilation. In addition to protecting Sonoma Foie Gras for the next 7 1/2 years from being criminally prosecuted under the state's existing animal cruelty laws, SB 1520 also takes away the rights of citizens to bring civil lawsuits against the company for its force-feeding practices. And it effectively eliminates a lawsuit that is currently pending against the company. These are just some of the reasons why Sonoma Foie Gras went so far as to hire a lobbyist to secure the bill's passage. Proponents would like people to believe that SB 1520 "bans" foie gras. Governor Schwarzenegger's official statement on this legislation, however, dispels any such notions: "SB 1520 does not ban the food product, foie gras," Governor Schwarzenegger stated upon signing the measure. "This bill provides 7 1/2 years for agricultural husbandry practices to evolve and perfect a humane way for a duck to consume grain to increase the size of its liver through natural processes. If agricultural producers are successful in this endeavor, the ban on foie gras sales and production in California will not occur." "This legislation is about the financial, political, and organizational interests of the people involved," said Bradley Miller, national director of the Humane Farming Association. "What has been completely lost are the interests of the ducks that are being tortured right now -- and for years to come. There is nothing, not one single thing, that alleviates their suffering. This morally bankrupt legislation only adds insult to injury." CONTACT: Bradley Miller 415-485-1495
SOURCE Humane Farming Association
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