Cuong Ly, owner of the China Rose Restaurant in Freeport, Me, has filed suit against the State of Maine. He claims the State's restrictions placed on his ornamental fish violate his right to freedom of religion.
The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife seized Ly's fish last summer after receiving a tip they were on display in Ly's restaurant in violation of state law. State officials consider the fish to be invasive species that could compete with native fish populations should they be released into the wild.
Ly is challenging the terms of a permit he received from the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife allowing him to keep his koi as long as they were not visible to the public.
Ly has said that under his feng shui spiritual beliefs, the fish must be seen to bring good luck to his restaurant.
Who knows! If this trend continues we won't be able to serve foie gras in Chicago restaurants. Oh wait, we can't?