Israeli Justices Speak on Foie Gras Decision

A presentation and panel at Columbia Law School, September 25, 2007
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September 18, 2007 (NEW YORK) – Columbia Law School will host a presentation and panel, Cruel Farming Practices and the Law: The Israeli Ban on Foie Gras, on the landmark Supreme Court of Israel decision that banned the force feeding of geese and ended the production of foie gras in Israel in 2006. The ruling is one of the first instances of a court applying an anti-cruelty law to a common farming practice. Israel was one of the world’s top producers of foie gras, making an estimated 500 tons per year.
WHO: Tova Strasberg-Cohen and Eliezer Rivlin, Justices of the Supreme Court of Israel.
WHAT: Presentation and panel discussion. Two Israeli Supreme Court Justices will speak on the court’s landmark ruling which ended the foie gras industry in Israel. Panelists will discuss the impact the ruling has had on foie gras production and sale in the United States and Europe and the future of animal agriculture in the United States.
WHEN: Tuesday, September 25, 2007 at 6 p.m. EST
WHERE: Columbia Law School, Jerome Greene Hall, Room 103, 435 W 116 Street, between Amsterdam Ave. and Morningside Drive, New York City. Via subway: #1 train to 116 Street (Broadway)/Columbia University.
Justice Tova Strasberg-Cohen Supreme Court of Israel (retired)
Justice Eliezer Rivlin, Supreme Court of Israel and Visiting Professor of Law, Columbia Law School
Jonathan R. Lovvorn, Vice President for Animal Protection Litigation, The Humane Society of the United States and adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center.
Mariann Sullivan, Deputy Chief Court Attorney, Appellate Division, First Department, New York State Supreme Court and adjunct professor at Benjamin N. Cardozo Law School.
David J. Wolfson, Partner, Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, and a Lecturer-in-Law at Columbia Law School and adjunct professor at New York University School of Law. Mariann Sullivan and David Wolfson co-authored the article “What’s Good For The Goose…The Israeli Supreme Court, Foie Gras, and the Future of Farmed Animals in the United States,” in the Law and Contemporary Problems Journal of Duke University Law School. (
The event is sponsored by The Bob Barker Endowment Fund for the Study of Animal Rights Law and The Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies, Columbia University.
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