HSUS foie gras lawsuit dismissed
A New York appeals court has dismissed a lawsuit by
the HSUS challenging a US$420,000 grant to the largest foie gras producer's farm
The lawsuit was brought by the Humane Society of the US (HSUS) against
New York state challenging a $420,000 Empire State Development Corp. grant to
Hudson Valley Foie Gras in southern New York.
Hudson Valley plans to expand from 250,000 ducks to 325,000 to meet demand
for its product. It is reported that the company, which has committed US$ 1 mln
to the project, sought the grant to improve manure treatment and ventilation
The HSUS, as well as 6 individual members of the group, petitioned the
state to withdraw the grant. The case was taken to the appeals court when it was
refused. The court ruled that the plaintiffs did not have legal standing to
bring the action, except for one plaintiff who lives near the farm who could
challenge the state for not performing proper environmental reviews. Even then,
the court suggested that the expansion at issue did not necessarily require an
extensive environmental study.
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