Le Roche-sur-Yon (France) (AFP) – A French court is set to rule Thursday on whether a foie gras producer was guilty of "acts of cruelty" for the conditions in which it force-fed its birds. The case targets one of France's best-known producers, Ernest Soulard, a company based in the western Vendee province which supplies top restaurants including Le Fouquet's and George V in Paris. It was brought by animal rights group L214, which released a video in 2013 showing the conditions at farms under contract to Ernest Soulard, with ducks confined in individual cages, barely able to move. The video caused top chefs, including multi-Michelin-starred Joel Robuchon and Britain's Gordon Ramsay, to suspend their orders with the company.
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