The U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way Monday for California's ban on foie gras to go into effect after a legal battle lasting more than six years.
The high court declined without comment to review a ruling in which the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last year upheld a state law prohibiting the sale of foie gras from force-fed ducks and geese.
Kelsey Eberly, a lawyer with the Cotati-based Animal Legal Defense Fund, said she expects the 2012 law to go into effect within a day or two.
"The suffering ducks endure to produce foie gras is intolerable and rightfully outlawed," the fund's executive director Stephen Wells said in a statement. The group filed friend-of-the-court briefs supporting the state's defense of the law.
The ban was challenged in a 2012 lawsuit by foie gras producers from the Canadian province of Quebec and New York state's Hudson Valley and by a Southern California restaurant chain.