The Animal Legal Defense Fund tried to sue the government to declare force-fed foie gras illegal, and federal courts shut it down. Inside Scoop SF reports that a lawsuit between the ALDF and the U.S. Department of Agriculture was dismissed on Friday. The ALDF (the same anti-foie group that sued Napa restaurant La Toque) had argued that foie gras is "a diseased product unfit for human consumption," and asked the court to step in and order the USDA to "remove foie gras from the American food supply."
In the ruling (warning: PDF), U.S. District Judge Otis Wright explains his decision to dismiss the case: "Plaintiffs' voluminous submission of technical papers and data supports the Court's view that Plaintiffs are challenging a scientific conclusion and not a legal one ... this is an issue falling squarely under the USDA's discretion by law." Although selling and producing foie gras is still illegal in California, the ALDF is not entitled to judicial review on this case so, for now, the rest of the country can rest easily knowing their foie is safe.