The Supreme Court docket mentioned Monday it received’t become involved in a dispute over a California animal cruelty legislation that bars foie gras from being offered within the state, leaving in place a decrease court docket ruling dismissing the case.

Foie gras is produced from the enlarged livers of force-fed geese and geese, and animal welfare teams had supported the legislation. As is typical, the court docket didn’t remark in declining to listen to the case, and it was amongst many the court docket mentioned Monday it might not hear.

The legislation doesn’t utterly bar Californians from consuming foie gras within the state. Courts have dominated that residents can nonetheless order foie gras from out-of-state producers and have it despatched to them. Eating places and retailers are nonetheless forbidden from promoting it or giving it away, nevertheless.

The foie gras case had been on maintain on the excessive court docket whereas the justices thought of a special case involving one other California animal cruelty legislation, that one governing the sale of pork within the state. In that case, the justices earlier this month backed that legislation, which requires extra space for breeding pigs. The pork trade has mentioned the ruling will result in larger prices nationwide for pork chops and bacon.

California’s foie gras legislation, nevertheless, predates the pork legislation and went into impact in July 2012. It says: “A product will not be offered in California whether it is the results of drive feeding a chook for the aim of enlarging the chook’s liver past regular measurement.”

Farmers and producers of poultry merchandise in Canada sued over the legislation together with New York-based Hudson Valley Foie Gras. The case has been happening since 2012. Most lately, a trial court docket dismissed the case and a federal appeals court docket agreed with that final result. The Supreme Court docket’s choice to not step in leaves that call in place.