PETA turns to magician in latest foie gras tactic

Magician Uri Geller has sent a letter to the boss of Fortnum & Mason offering to hypnotise him in a bid to get foie gras removed from the store’s shelves.

Geller sent the letter to Ewan Venters in support of vegan group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals’ (PETA’s) campaign against Fortnum’s sale of foie gras, which is illegal to produce in the UK. The magician said he would offer a free hypnotherapy session to Venters, who has so far refused to remove the controversial product despite receiving thousands of letters from the public and celebrities opposing its sale.

Geller wrote: “My friends at PETA tell me that despite condemnation from every major animal welfare group, and video evidence showing the sort of gross abuse which takes place… Fortnum continues to offer a product which is so cruel, it is illegal to produce in the UK.

“There seems to be only one possible explanation: there could be some psychological block stopping you from doing the right thing. Luckily, I may have just the remedy.”

He added that he would use “hypnotic suggestion” to help Venters put himself in the place of birds force-fed for foie gras and understand their “extreme suffering”.

Geller is the latest in a string of celebrities to get behind PETA’s foie gras campaign, which recently received Ł10,000 from vegetarian singer Morrissey. The Smiths frontman said the money was paid to him by Channel 4 for the unauthorised use of a Smiths song on advert promoting Gordon Ramsay’s Cookalong Live show.

PETA has so far persuaded Selfridges and Harvey Nichols to drop foie gras, which it describes as “torture in a tin”.

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