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Local Restaurants Bid Farewell to Foie Gras

Get ready to bid adieu to a foodie favorite — foie gras.

thanks to the state bill passed to control how food passes through duck bills.

Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill in 2004 that will change the way ducks and geese that are farmed for their precious fatty livers.

A fatty delicacy, foie gras is created by force-feeding ducks and geese to create a plump and tender organ. Animal lovers argue that the force-feeding, which ultimately results in an almost 10 times larger liver, is cruel and causes animals unusual emotional distress.

When the bill becomes law on July 1, foie gras will be outlawed in California.

Sacramento restaurants, including Restaurant THIR13EN and Formoli's Bistro are pareparing for the ban by serving up last-minute foie gras dishes for customers, according to The Sacramento Bee.

If you're tempted to try the soon-forbidden foie gras, a couple Roseville area restaurants also serve the ingredient. Hawks Restaurant in Granite Bay has added more foie gras to its menu in weeks leading up to the ban. Diners can add it to their Hawks burger or purchase a foie gras lobe from Hawks to take home. also serves a dish with scollops topped with foie gras butter.

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