New York City mayor to sign bill banning foie gras

New York City mayor to sign bill banning foie gras
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New York Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioDe Blasio slams Bloomberg run for president: He 'epitomizes the status quo' The Hill's 12:30 Report: Washington braces for public impeachment hearings Trump NYC Veterans Day speech met with protests MORE (D) reportedly plans to sign into law a bill banning the sale of foie gras in restaurants and grocery stores.

CNN reported Thursday that the mayor's office confirmed de Blasio would sign the bill passed Wednesday by New York's City Council, which calls for a $2,000 for each violation of the law.

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The mayor's office did not immediately return a request for comment from The Hill.

Foie gras, a French delicacy, has long been a target of animal rights activists who argue that the creation of the dish, which requires force-feeding ducks through a tube into their stomachs, is inherently cruel.

Chicago passed a law banning the practice in 2006, before lifting it in 2008. California's ban on foie gras in 2012 was most recently upheld by the Supreme Court earlier this year.

"As a lifelong advocate for animal rights, I am excited that the Council has voted to pass this historic legislation to ban the sale of these specific force-fed animal products," New York Councilwoman Carlina Rivera (D), the bill's author, told CNN.

The ban is set to go into effect in 2022.