PETA Sues Hot’s Kitchen Over Free Foie Gras

"The Burger" at Hot's
"The Burger" at Hot's Photo: Tatiana Arbogast

Less than two weeks after the sale and production of foie gras was legally banned in California, we found the stuff being given away as a free side with “The Burger” at Hot’s Kitchen in Hermosa Beach. PETA is not going to let that stand, as the animal rights group filed suit against the restaurant’s holding company yesterday, claiming the offer of this complimentary supplement was a clear attempt to “evade the law.” According to Reuters, the restaurant is yet to be served with the suit, but a spokesperson is already deeming this “outrageous, baseless” action as “an attempt to exploit the media by stoking controversial flames.” Hot’s Restaurant Group committed to the fight for foie as part of a team of plaintiffs that sued the state just one day following the ban, calling the statute “unconstitutionally vague.” PETA, for its part, sues a lot of people, even recently invoking the 13th amendment in defense of enslaved orcas.

Animal rights group sues California restaurant over foie gras ban [Reuters]