Amazon Stops Online Sales Of Foie Gras To California, Pays $96K In Settlement

December 8, 2018 10:00 am · 15 comments

Retail giant has agreed to continue banning online sales of foie gras to California residents because of a state law outlawing the delicacy.

The company is also shelling out $96,000 in civil payments after allegations that it illegally sold foie gras to California buyers in 2012 and 2013.

News of the settlement is the latest development in a long legal saga that started in 2004, when then-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill banning the sale and production of foie gras. The law went into effect
in 2012, though it’s been hampered by legal challenges ever since.

Supporters of the law believe force-feeding, the technique by which the geese are fattened up, is cruel to the animals.

“In addition to the pain caused by having metal pipes forced down their throats, force-feeding damages the livers of the birds so badly it induces an extremely painful disease known as hepatic lipidosis,” Monterey
County District Attorney Dean Flippo said in today’s announcement regarding the settlement.

Restaurateurs and foie gras producers disagree, and the ban is currently not being enforced while those involved in the litigation wait to hear if the U.S. Supreme Court will take up the case.

If the court declines, the ban will go into effect again.

In the meantime, district attorneys in Monterey, Los Angeles and Santa Clara counties decided to take action against Amazon.

The prosecutors filed a complaint on Nov. 13 alleging that Amazon knew about the ban in 2012 and 2013 but continued to sell the animal product online.

Court records show the company agreed to the $96,000 settlement Thursday. An Amazon spokeswoman declined to comment further.

Court records show that the settlement money will be split between the three counties.

Bill Cutting December 8, 2018 at 10:27 AM

Lol priorities…. so concerned about the environment yet you didn’t clear out brush in the northern forests? It’ll be interesting to see how horrible Gavin Newsom governs the state can’t wait to see how he steals from the producers to give to the takers in order to secure his reelection votes ..:: take a look at France that’s where California is heading after four years of Gavin. Congratulations California you played yourself

Doh December 8, 2018 at 12:09 PM

Of the hundreds of thousands of acres how many are you willing to clean out? Just who job is it to clear federal land?

Wage Slave December 8, 2018 at 1:15 PM


It used to be cattle ranchers and loggers that kept much of our forests thinned out. Still a fair bit of that, but much reduced over the last thirty to forty years.

Itsme December 9, 2018 at 6:03 PM

From “raking the forests”, to demonizing the poor, to the French economy. Slow down there big fella.

Sick of it December 8, 2018 at 10:38 AM

This is such government over reach it’s not funny. I can see outlawing it’s production here. But to cut interstate trade is ridiculous

Ricardoh December 8, 2018 at 11:11 AM

Chicken gizzards and necks are next.

Doh December 8, 2018 at 12:11 PM

There are 2 reasons I don’t eat foie gras.
1) Is the torturous way they fatten the livers of geese.
2) It’s liver.

Ricardoh December 9, 2018 at 10:34 AM

Do you know any geese personally.

Doh December 8, 2018 at 12:13 PM

To get rid of unwanted junk, put it in an Amazon box and leave it on your doorstep.

anon666 December 8, 2018 at 2:32 PM

Amazon paying out $96,000 is like me paying out a fraction of cent to someone. What a joke.

Nunya December 8, 2018 at 4:44 PM

this is what your legislators get paid to do all day long… not a GD thing.

RSD December 8, 2018 at 6:18 PM

Yes, Nunya. Pompous idiots.

ON DA December 9, 2018 at 3:13 PM

pain caused by having metal pipes forced down their throats, force-feeding damages the livers of the birds so badly it induces an extremely painful disease known as hepatic lipidosis

Restaurateurs and foie gras producers disagree,

AND there you have it legalized torture.

Janon December 9, 2018 at 10:59 PM

absolutely disgusting horrific practice done to these poor animals, people who do this should be jailed. Animals are the purest of souls. Sick sick humans.

Smith December 10, 2018 at 4:27 AM

If you have ever seen photographs or videos of how they make foie gras, you’d be a fool to eat it. The animal is tortured to fatten it before slaughter, and how could eating an animal that was tortured before slaughter possibly be good for you … not to mention that it is even worse than how they make veal, and it is unbelievably cruel. As a side effect the process also induces the production of fear hormones (adrenaline being one) in the animal which then ends up in the foie gras. Like you need that?

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