Ocado bans foie gras

Online grocer Ocado has become the latest UK retailer to ban the controversial speciality foie gras. The decision comes after animal welfare group PETA wrote to the retailer asking it to remove the product from its virtual shelves.

Foie gras production has been banned in the UK and more than a dozen other countries. Ocado is the latest in a line of retailers to stop selling it, including Selfridges and  Harvey Nichols. In addition, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, the Brit Awards, Wimbledon, Lord’s Cricket Ground and the Royal Shakespeare Company have all pledged not to serve or sell it, and Prince Charles does not allow it on Royal menus.

PETA manager Mimi Bekhechi said: “British opinion is overwhelmingly against the cruelty of foie gras production. By making the decision to stop stocking foie gras, Ocado has proved itself to be a modern, ethically minded company.”

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