Gordon Ramsay has always courted controversy, but it’s still a real shock to learn that he’s associated with the torture of thousands of ducks for the production of cruel foie gras.
A new PETA US investigation of Hudson Valley Foie Gras, which supplies the celeb chef’s Manhattan restaurant, reveals how birds are violently force-fed with appalling cruelty at the factory farm, which calls itself the “premier producers of foie gras” in the US.
Video footage shows farm workers shoving steel tubes down ducks’ throats and dumping huge amounts of grain into their bodies three times a day, every day, for weeks in order to sicken and enlarge the birds’ livers. At slaughter, ducks are hung upside down, have their throats slit and are left to bleed to death.
PETA US has sent Gordon a request to stop selling this vile foodstuff. In the past, he’s rejected some of the pork industry’s worst factory-farming practices on his show, The F Word, so we’re keeping our fingers crossed that he’ll act with compassion and swear off this particular “F word” – foie gras – for good.
Experts agree that there is no such thing as humane foie gras. Force-feeding causes oesophageal tears and splits, liver rupture and failure, heat stress and aspiration pneumonia. By Hudson Valley Foie Gras’ own reckoning, some 15,000 ducks on the farm die every year before they make it to slaughter.
Sadly, although this kind of animal abuse is illegal on British soil, there are still companies here that are profiting from the sale of foie gras. Please join our campaign to stop Fortnum & Mason from selling this “torture in a tin”.