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United Poultry Concerns PO Box 150 Machipongo, VA 23405
Phone: 757-678-7875 Fax: 757-678-5070

California Bill To Ban Force Feeding of Ducks & Geese Sales of Foie Gras
Passes California Senate
June 15, 2004

Letters Needed to Assembly Members by June 18

Senate Bill 1520 passed the California Senate by a vote of 21-14. It now
goes to the Assembly Business and Professions Committee. Senate President
Pro-Tem John Burton is carrying the bill, which bans the force feeding of
ducks and geese in the production of foie gras, as well as sales of the
product in California. In order for the bill to pass out of the Senate, it
was amended to have a 7 ½-year phase out before the law goes into effect.

Assembly members must hear from their constituents. Passing the bill out of
the Senate was difficult. Please write a polite letter by June 18th to
Assembly Member Lou Correa, Chair, Assembly Business and Professions
Committee, State Capitol Building, Sacramento, CA 95814 or fax: (916)
319-2169. Ask him to support SB 1520. Tell him it is time to prohibit
practices that involve animal cruelty, especially for luxury food items. If
you have time, or are representing an organization, please also contact the
other committee members listed at

Also, please write a letter to your CA state assembly member. All assembly
members can be mailed to c/o State Capitol Building, Sacramento, CA 95814.
If you don’t know your state assembly member, call 916-322-9900, or go to to find your state assembly member. (NOTE: Please
include your full name and address in your letter.)

For more information on the foie gras issue, contact AVAR – Association of
Veterinarians for Animal Rights – at info at or visit

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compassionate and respectful treatment of domestic fowl.

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