Chicago Issues First $250 Foie Gras Fine To Hot Dog Seller

Chicago (AP) -- A hot dog seller has received Chicago's first fine for selling foie gras because he laces his specialty dogs with the duck liver delicacy.

Doug Sohn, who runs Hot Doug's "The Sausage Superstore And Encased Meat Emporium," says he has been serving the hot dogs since the ordinance took effect in August.

He has agreed to pay a $250 fine for the first-time offense.

Animal rights activists oppose serving foie gras, saying it is inhumane the way geese and ducks are force-fed through a pipe to plump up their livers. They have been pressing other cities, states and chefs for similar bans.

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