Peta protests foie gras
Published:  21 June, 2013

Animal rights activists caused a stir in London yesterday with a protest against the import of foie gras from France and the subsequent cruel treatment of geese.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) held “dead geese” and signs that read “Force-Fed & Massacred for Foie Gras” outside Fortnum & Mason, a Piccadilly store that sells the product. PETA also claimed foie gras to be the product of the torture of very sick birds.

Senior programme manager at PETA Yvonne Taylor said: “Fortnum & Mason’s customers have a right to know the truth about the cruelty that goes into making every slither of this ‘torture in a tin’. The store’s managing director, Ewan Venters, should hang his head in shame for allowing this barbaric product to remain on the store’s shelves and menus.”

Taylor made reference to the phrase ‘torture in a tin’, which is used to describe the foie gras trade. Sir Roger Moore also described the trade as such in a recent PETA video about the production of the contentious delicacy.

Geese raised for foie gras are force-fed huge mounts of grain between three and four times everyday with a metal pipe, Peta said. Adding: “Their livers swell to up to 10 times their normal size, resulting in a disease known as ‘hepatic steatosis’.”

It is illegal to produce foie gras in the UK and in 16 other countries. However, some businesses pay French farmers for the product.

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