PETA re-enacts foie gras process outside Fortnum

A woman has been ‘force-fed’ corn as part of a protest against foie gras outside Fortnum & Mason in Piccadilly, London.

The protest has been organised by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) as part of a series of protests against the company selling foie gras, which PETA calls “torture in a tin”.

A PETA spokesman said the act of ‘force-feeding’ a woman the corn with a pipe and funnel illustrated “the human equivalent of what geese raised and killed for foie gras are typically forced to ingest every day”.

Yvonne Taylor is the senior programme manager for the animal rights charity and said: “Fortnum & Mason shoppers should know that the main ingredient in every serving of foie gras is animal abuse. The company’s marketing strategy based on its adherence to British tradition reeks of hypocrisy because foie gras production is so hideous that it’s banned in the UK.”

Meanwhile, PETA claimed that the production of foie gras meant pipes were “shoved” down the throats of geese and ducks before “huge” amounts of grain and fat were pumped into their stomachs. “The birds’ livers become diseased as they swell to up to 10 times their normal size. The pipes often puncture their throats and can cause them to bleed to death,” Peta added.

The production of foie gras is banned in the UK and 16 other countries. Fortnum & Mason, however, imports the product from France.

PETA said its campaign currently has the support of celebrities including Dame Vera Lynn, Twiggy, Joanna Lumley, Chrissie Hynde, MP Zac Goldsmith, Brigitte Bardot, Bill Oddie, Emma Parker Bowles and Ralph Fiennes.


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