If you live in Los Angeles, or anywhere else in California, today is the last day you can legally eat foie gras at a local restaurant.
In 2004 then-California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill banning the sale of foie gras in the state, following a successful campaign by animal rights activists who opposed the method used to produce it, which involves force-feeding corn to ducks and geese with a tube-like device to enlarge their livers.
Although 14 countries have some form of ban on foie gras, they mostly target its production. So California’s law is the first to prohibit both production and sale of foie gras.
The statewide ban on foie gras kicks in tomorrow, in spite of efforts by California chefs, who even created a Coalition for Humane and Ethical Farming Standards (CHEFS) advocating for a set of standards on the treatment of the birds rather than an outright prohibition. Animal activists plan to take this cause to New York next.
I suppose most people don’t even know what foie gras is and therefore will not miss it. And those who care very much for it will be crossing state lines or buying it in the black market.
As for me, at least for now, all I can say us au revoir, foie gras!