A few months ago, I changed my name to the catchy StopFortnumAndMasonFoieGrasCruelty.com in protest of department store Fortnum & Mason‘s sales of the hideously cruel food product foie gras. During that time, PETA has had many successes for ducks and geese, including persuading Lord’s Cricket Ground and the National Trust to ditch foie gras. However, I am greatly saddened that Fortnum & Mason continue to fund the force-feeding and killing of these vulnerable birds. So for my birthday, I am asking for your help in getting my old name back!
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Once a year, this week claims to celebrate “butchers’ creativity and passion”, but there is nothing to celebrate about slaughtering and hacking apart innocent, sentient animals. Every year, billions of animals who every bit as capable as feeling pain and suffering as you or I endure a terrifying and horrific experience in abattoirs that ends in their death. Undercover investigations repeatedly show that abuse and cruelty are inflicted on animals in abattoirs.
Farmed animals, the same as all animals, do not want to die, … Read more.
We’ve just received some great news from clothing chain M&Co! After being contacted by PETA and one of our brilliant supporters regarding a coat with real fur trim, the store immediately took action. Not only did M&Co move swiftly to remove the coat, they also cut all ties with fashion label Cutie, which was selling the coat as a concessionary item in their stores, saying they “no longer have confidence in Cutie’s quality control procedures.” We applaud M&Co for staking such a swift and compassionate stance on the sale of fur.… Read more.
PETA’s “goose” led a patriotic protest outside Fortnum & Mason yesterday as the Queen, the Duchess of Cornwall, and the Duchess of Cambridge visited the store to open a new restaurant. As crowds lined the streets, PETA activists were out in force with Union Jack flags and banners held high, reading, “F&M: Foie Gras Is Un-British”, to highlight the fact that a store which trades on its British heritage should not be selling a product too cruel to produce here. The banners were clearly visible to Fortnum & Mason’s store executives as … Read more.
Many of us will have seen stories in the media about the Schmallenberg virus, the latest disease to hit animals already suffering in severely crowded and filthy conditions. The virus causes birth defects and miscarriages in sheep, goats and cattle, and it effects milk yields in cows and causes them to have diarrhoea. It is believed to have started in Germany, but cases have now been confirmed at 74 farms in the UK.
In addition to being forced to endure unnatural conditions, farmed animals … Read more.
Christmas shoppers outside Fortnum & Mason’s Piccadilly store got a festive surprise today when Big Brother winner Chantelle Houghton, dressed in a seasonal red velvet robe, led a protest against the department store’s sale of foie gras. Our favourite socialite handed out free tins of deliciously decadent, cruelty-free faux gras to shoppers who signed PETA’s enormous Christmas card urging the department store to end its sale of a product so cruel that its production is illegal under UK law.
“I’m dreaming of a kind Christmas – one where foie gras is … Read more.
It’s the season of celebration, and in that spirit, we’ve got another reason for you to feel jovial this Christmas: Oxford City Council has rejected plans to reintroduce horse-drawn carriages! We are SO grateful to you, our brilliant supporters, who accounted for 95 per cent of the objections received by the council!
Horses are extremely sensitive to loud noises and unexpected sounds, and busy city streets have plenty of both. There have been countless incidents in which horses and people have suffered serious injuries or even … Read more.
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In response to a complaint we filed, Fortnum & Mason has been warned by Westminster Trading Standards that if it does not amend its corporate social responsibility policy or make it clear that the policy does not cover foie gras, it could be in breach of the Consumer Protection From Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 and face legal action!
The company disingenuously states that “animal welfare is very important to us” and claims that all its meat is of the highest welfare standard, complying with the “Five Freedoms” framework. … Read more.
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We’re dancing the funky chicken at PETA UK in celebration of some great news for ducks and geese! Following contact by PETA and members of the public, Ocado, an online grocer, has agreed to end the sale of foie gras. Ocado delivers food products from a variety of well-known brands, including Waitrose, Heinz and Hovis, as well as having their own range.
PETA’s foie gras exposé – which shows how ducks and geese suffer during foie gras production as metal pipes are rammed down their throats – … Read more.
During a week that marks both Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday and World Animal Day, we thought it appropriate to take a moment to reflect on these words of wisdom from the “Great Soul”: “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated”. If Gandhi were alive today, how would the UK fare in his eyes?
One of the first pieces of animal rights legislation in the world, the Cruel Treatment of Cattle Act of 1822, was introduced in the UK, and we’ve … Read more.