(LOS ANGELES) -- California food lovers can bid au revoir to the French delicacy known as foie gras, as a ban on the buttery treat took effect on Sunday.
Made from the fattened livers of ducks and geese, foie gras is primarily produced in France. The birds are force-fed corn through a process called gavage and then slaughtered for their organs.
"Cramming pipes down ducks’ throats is both physically painful and psychologically terrifying for these poor ducks," Bruce Friedrich, Farm Sanctuary senior director, said on the ASPCA website.
Restaurants caught violating the ban and serving foie gras can be fined up to $1,000.
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