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Kamala Harris appeals court ruling against California foie gras ban

Attorney General Kamala Harris talks during a Capitol press conference in 2014. Harris’ office Wednesday stated its intent to appeal a recent ruling overturning the state’s ban on the sale of foie gras.
Attorney General Kamala Harris talks during a Capitol press conference in 2014. Harris’ office Wednesday stated its intent to appeal a recent ruling overturning the state’s ban on the sale of foie gras. hamezcua@sacbee.com

California Attorney General Kamala Harris gave notice Wednesday that she will appeal a recent federal court ruling overturning the state’s ban on foie gras sales.

In his Jan. 7 decision, United State District Judge Stephen V. Wilson said federal poultry inspection rules preempt the state’s ban on foie gras sales in California, which the Legislature approved in 2004 and took effect in July 2012.

Wednesday’s one-page notice of appeal by Harris’ office includes no information about the legal arguments Harris’ office will raise in its challenge of Wilson’s ruling.

Foie gras, a delicacy made from fattened duck liver, has long been a target of animal-rights groups, who contend that the methods to produce it are inhumane and involve force-feeding. But foie gras producers and a restaurant group contend in their lawsuit that they have lost millions of dollars from halting foie gras sales or else facing prosecution.

Harris, re-elected in November, announced last month that she would run to succeed U.S. Barbara Boxer.

Call Jim Miller, Bee Capitol Bureau, (916) 326-5521. Follow him on Twitter @jimmiller2.

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