NYC judge’s foie gras decision delights upstate farm: ‘This is fantastic for us’

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A Manhattan judge this week blocked the city’s upcoming ban on the sale of foie gras for some Big Apple restaurants.

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Judge J. Thursday’s decision by Machel Sweeting barred the city from enforcing Local Law 202, which banned the sale of the famous French delicacy in five boroughs, while a lawsuit filed by an upstate farm runs in court.

The decision was welcome news for Sergio Saravia, who was sued by La Belle Farms in Sullivan County to block the ban.


“It’s fantastic for us,” Sarvia told The Post of Sweeting’s injunction.

According to the lawsuit, banning sales in New York City, where the majority of La Belle Farms customers are, would devastate the farm and force layoffs.

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“It’s terrible if they actually enforce this law because it will put us out of business,” Sarvia said.

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Sergio Saravia’s La Belle Farm in Sullivan County sued to block the ban.

A photo of an employee at the Hudson Valley Duck Farm.

Banning sales in NYC would “devastate” La Belle Farms and its customers.

The ban, passed in 2019, was due to take effect in November.

Foie gras, a type of French pâté, is made from the fatty livers of ducks or geese that have been force-fed. animal rights activist Call for the use of tubes to feed nonhuman poultry to push for the ban.

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