Breaking News: NYC Council Passes Bill to Introduce City-Wide Ban on Foie Gras

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Intro 1378A is one of the animal welfare bills that was passed on 30th October last month. This bill by the NYC Council puts a city-wide ban on Foie Grass(force-fed products). New York City will become the largest city in the world to place a ban on foie gras.

Once the law is signed, no agent or restaurant will be allowed to sell, store or offer foie gras. In case of violation, the culprit will be sentenced to a year in prison and fined a penalty of $2000.

The production of foie grass typically involved force-feeding ducks or geese until their livers swell up and reach a very unnatural and unhealthy state. The businesses are allowed a period of transition so they can switch to other practices that don’t involve the production of foie grass.

The NYC Council Member Carlina Rivera who introduced the bill said “It’s a big day for animals and we should continue to be at the forefront of the movement,”

Several animal rights groups worked to impose this law in New York City and among them included Voters for Animal Rights (VFAR).

“We’re grateful to Speaker Corey Johnson for spearheading this landmark package of animal protection measures through the City Council and thankful to all the sponsors who’ve championed their individual measures through this process,” VFAR President Allie Feldman Taylor said.

“By passing this landmark package, New York City has proven itself to be a leader on animal rights issues and we look forward to Mayor de Blasio signing all these measures into law.”

“Over the last decade, New York City has proven itself to be one of the most progressive cities but there is more to be done on animal welfare,” the speaker Johnson said during the hearing before introducing various animal-welfare focused bills, including Intro 1378A, to the Council for voting. “This is a historic day for animals in the New York City Council,” Johnson said. “I am really proud of this package of bills we are doing today.”

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