The recent foie gras verdict of the Supreme Court of Israel has been translated into English by CHAI - - Concern for Helping Animals in Israel. The translated verdict is available in its entirety at:
Excerpt from the verdict:
As for myself, there is no doubt in my heart that wild creatures, like pets, have emotions. They were endowed with a soul that experiences the emotions of joy and sorrow, happiness and grief, affection and fear. Some of them nurture special feelings towards their friend-enemy: man. Not all think so; but no one denies that these creatures also feel the pain inflicted upon them through physical harm or a violent intrusion into their bodies. Indeed, whoever wishes to may find, in the circumstances of this appeal, prima facie justification for the acts of artificial force-feeding, justification whose essence is the need to retain the farmer's source of livelihood and enhance the gastronomic delight of others.... But this has a price -- and the price is reducing the dignity of Man himself.
-- Justice E. Rivlin
CHAI -- Concern for Helping Animals in Israel