We know it. The RSPCA and the International Veterinary Society know it. Ducks and geese know it. Tens of thousands of PETA supporters know it. And UK lawmakers know it, too. Foie gras is wrong, and it doesn’t belong on British shelves.
But Fortnum & Mason just doesn’t seem to get it. Despite overwhelming opposition, a succession of creative protests and clear evidence of how cruel foie gras production is, the shop hasn’t stopped selling this “torture in a tin”.
So we whipped up this handy infographic to summarise the key … Read more.
The death toll is rising. All across the country in public spaces – outside shops, at train stations or under bridges – pigeons are dying in pain after becoming trapped in netting designed to deter them.
Often, netting doesn’t effectively keep birds away, but it can cause them to become fatally entangled. As much as they struggle, the pigeons can’t escape in many cases, and, suspended in mid-air, they die a slow, agonising death from starvation or strangulation.
Seeing these animals suffer is extremely distressing – but you can take action to … Read more.
Where do you stand? That’s the question that we posed to guests at Fortnum & Mason’s Food and Drink Awards last night. PETA gave Fortnum & Mason the shameful award of Cruellest Retailer on Monday as a result of its sale of foie gras, and we’re determined to tell as many people as possible about the store’s unethical practices, which hurt animals.
So we came up with an elegant solution for infiltrating the ceremony and getting through to the writers and foodies who were in attendance: we dispatched a team of swankily … Read more.
Worrying news this week: the RSPCA reports that in England and Wales, convictions for cruelty to animals have risen by a third in the last year. This should be a call to action for society, a clear sign that we need to make humane education a priority and work together to tackle animal abuse wherever we see it.
If you witness cruelty, please report it to the police or relevant authorities. PETA often offers a £1,000 reward to anyone who comes forward to provide information leading to the conviction of animal abusers. … Read more.
You’re never too young to speak out for what’s right. Thirteen-year-old Anaïs Gallagher, 10-year-old Stella Jones and 8-year-old Ava Jones – daughters of Oasis’ Noel Gallagher and The Clash’s Mick Jones – have proved it by teaming up with PETA for this brand-new ad to combat cruelty.
The angelic trio showed that you can have a good time while communicating a serious message, as they dressed up in tutus and combat boots and let their hair down for the fun photo shoot, which was shot by top celeb photographer Pal Hansen.
Children … Read more.
Dame Vera Lynn knows all about war heroes – after all, the much-loved singer made her name by cheering up the British troops during World World II. So she was understandably distressed to learn how British pigeons, loyal birds who served their country by delivering vital messages during both world wars, are being ruthlessly exploited by the pigeon-racing industry.
The “Forces’ sweetheart”, who also abhors inhumane foie gras, expressed her dismay after seeing PETA US’ exposé of the high death rates and ill-treatment of birds during cross-Channel races. “Separating pigeons … Read more.
“You have to kill some, obviously.”
– Rod Adams, North of England Homing Union, 3 August 2012
PETA US recently went undercover to reveal the truth about the world of UK pigeon racing. The findings were shocking: hundreds of thousands of birds die each year during gruelling cross-channel races, while the sport has an endemic lack of regulation and is rife with illegal wagers and unlicensed associations.
Another aspect of this dark story makes it still clearer that racers (also known as “fanciers”) have little to no regard for the pigeons’ … Read more.
Pamela Anderson, who recently graced our screens in Dancing on Ice, has fired off a letter to Fortnum & Mason urging the retailer to stop selling vile foie gras.
“I am pretty tough”, she wrote, “but watching this disgusting process brought me to tears”.
The blonde bombshell was understandably distressed after seeing video footage of ducks flapping in pain and trying to lift their heads after their throats had been slit on foie gras farms that supply Fortnum & Mason – one of the few British stores that still stocks this … Read more.
Black Sabbath bassist Terence “Geezer” Butler called on his fans to boycott Fortnum & Mason since it shamefully clings to sales of foie gras – a product so vile that it is illegal to produce in the UK and is banned from Royal menus. The rock-’n’-roll legend has also written to Fortnum’s chief executive, Ewan Venters, urging him to remove the controversial product from the store’s shelves.
“I’ve been a musician for most of my life, and I’m not afraid to make some noise, especially when it comes to issues of cruelty … Read more.
A young seagull was shot through the neck with a crossbow in Inverness, and cocktail sausages laced with nails were left on playing fields in Monmouthshire in order to injure dogs – these two sickening incidents of cruelty to animals happened in just the past few weeks in the UK.
Image: Scottish SPCA
Hurting animals is just plain wrong. Society needs to take these shocking crimes seriously, because animal abusers are a danger to everyone. Sick individuals who carry out violence against animals – who can’t report abuse and often can’t fight … Read more.