The New York City Council has reportedly voted to ban the sale of foie gras produced from force-fed animals within the city, citing cruelty concerns. The law, which will take effect in 2022, will impose a $2,000 fine per violation and applies only to force-fed foie gras. “[D]etermining whether foie gras was illegally produced may present an enforcement challenge,” The New York Times notes; “documentary” evidence will be required to show that foie gras was produced without force-feeding.

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