11/29/2012 02:02:00 PM

PETA Sues California Restaurant for Serving Free Foie Gras

Burger from Hot's Kitchen
Well it was bound to happen. To evade the current ban on serving foie gras in California, some restaurants have been serving it gratis alongside their non-gratis dishes. But it was inevitable that either PETA or the long arm of the law was going to crack down on this burgeoning trend. Case in point - Hermosa Beach, California's Hot's Kitchen has been allegedly sued by PETA for serving a complimentary side of foie gras with its dish "THE Burger." Hot's Restaurant Group, of which Hot's Kitchen is a part, has been at the forefront of the movement to overturn the ban since the first day of its enactment. A spokeswoman for the restaurant responded to the lawsuit rumors with the following statement:

Publicity stunts such as the filing of an outrageous, baseless lawsuit, followed by the issuance of press releases are nothing more than an attempt to exploit the media by stoking controversial flames and are designed to line the pockets of profiteers. Hot's stands by its previous statement that foie gras can be made humanely, and we continue to provide our customers with wholesome, humane animal products.

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