NYC judge’s foie gras ruling delights upstate farm

A Manhattan judge ruled on some Big Apple restaurants this week, halting the city’s upcoming ban on the sale of foie gras.

Judge J. Machelle Sweeting’s decision Thursday prevents the city from enforcing local Law 202, which banned sales of the famous French delicacy in the five boroughs, while a lawsuit brought by an upstate farm is fought in court.

The decision was welcome news for Sergio Saravia, whose La Belle Farm in Sullivan County had sued to stop the ban.

“This is fantastic for us,” Saravia told The Post of Sweeting’s restraining order.

A sales ban in New York City, where many of La Belle Farm’s customers are, would devastate the farm and force layoffs, according to the lawsuit.

“It’s terrible if they actually enforce this law because it would put us out of business,” Saravia said.

Sergio Saravia

Sergio Saravia’s La Belle Farm in Sullivan County had sued to stop the ban.


A picture of a Hudson Valley Duck Farm employee.

A sales ban in NYC would “devastate” the state’s La Belle Farm and its customers.


The ban, passed in 2019, was due to take effect in November.

A type of French pie, foie gras is made from the fattened liver of ducks or geese that are force-fed. Animal rights activists pushing for the ban have called the use of tubes to force-feed the poultry inhumane.

https://nypost.com/2022/09/17/nyc-judges-foie-gras-decision-delights-upstate-farm/ NYC judge’s foie gras ruling delights upstate farm

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