- Associated Press - Sunday, July 27, 2014

RENO, Nev. (AP) - About 20 activists gathered outside a Reno museum to protest the serving of duck and goose liver pate in a public building.

Billy Howard of the group called Foie Gras Free Reno says activists were upset a local company rented the Wilbur D. May Museum and offered meals that included a foie gras creme brulee dessert.

He says the offering was unacceptable because the museum is operated by Washoe County at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park.

Protesters passed out pamphlets to attendees on Saturday night and waved placards reading, “Tortured Ducks and Geese” and “There’s Nothing Tasty about Animal Cruelty.”

Howard says county officials told him the contract for renting public space doesn’t allow them to intervene.

In 2004, California lawmakers gave chefs and the state’s sole producer of the fatty duck liver seven years to comply with a law outlawing the sale and manufacturing of foie gras, arguing that the force-feeding required to produce the delicacy is inhumane.

Its sale and manufacture is legal in Nevada.

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