A few months back there was a glimmer of hope for those who wanted California's ban on foie gras lifted: A group of states petitioned the Supreme Court to hear their case, saying the ban breached interstate commerce laws.
This week, that hope died when the court decided not to hear the case. According to Reuters, “Rejecting a legal challenge to the state law, the court declined to hear an appeal filed by restaurants and producers of foie gras. In doing so, the high court left intact an August 2013 ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upholding the law.”
The Supreme Court's decision isn't too much of a surprise — the hope that they'd hear the case was always a long shot. The court chooses around 75 cases to hear per session out of thousands of petitions, and despite lawyers' claims that the case “is of exceptional importance to the preservation of state sovereignty,” they apparently had more important things to deal with this week, like allowing Texas abortion clinics to stay open.
Yesterday, I spoke to KCRW's Madeleine Brand on her show Press Play, where we discussed the foie gras issue in depth. If you missed that and you'd like to hear more, you can listen to our conversation here.