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  • 29
  • Nov

We’ll (Never) Meet Again Unless You Drop Foie Gras

Beloved by British troops for her outdoor concerts during World War II, Dame Vera Lynn now has a whole new flock of fans after penning a letter to Beverley Aspinall, managing director of Fortnum & Mason, asking her to stop the sale of the vile food product foie gras in the store. In the letter, Dame Vera – who has long expressed her affinity for birds in lyrics such as those in the songs “(There’ll Be Bluebirds Over) The White Cliffs of Dover” and “A … Read more.


  • 31
  • Oct

Victory! Ocado Drops Foie Gras

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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.


  • 22
  • Sep

Bill Oddie Left Twitching Over Fortnum & Mason’s Cormorant Cock-Up

Read Bill Oddie's letter to Beverley Aspinall in full here.

Beloved twitcher Bill Oddie has an ornithology lesson for Fortnum & Mason Managing Director Beverley Aspinall, (or Beverley ‘KnowsBuggerAll’ amirite?) who, in a meeting with PETA earlier this year, attempted to justify F&M’s continued sale of foie gras by equating its production – in which ducks and geese are force-fed via a feeding pipe rammed down their throats several times a day until their livers become diseased and enlarged – with cormorants who swallow whole fish in the wild! In a … Read more.


  • 13
  • Sep

Victory: Foie Gras Just Isn’t Cricket!

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It’s been a great summer for England’s cricket fans, with the team currently the ICC Twenty20 champion, the holders of the Ashes and the top-ranked test side in the world. But birds also have something to celebrate because the world-famous home of English cricket, Lord’s Cricket Ground in London, has removed foie gras from its menu!

After viewing PETA’s foie gras exposé narrated by Kate Winslet, which shows how ducks and geese are abused by being repeatedly force-fed in order to produce this horrific product, Lord’s made the … Read more.


  • 22
  • Jun

Don’t Pop Into Fortnum & Mason for Ricky Gervais’ 50th Birthday Gift

ricky_gervaisIf you’re wondering what to buy Ricky Gervais for his upcoming 50th birthday on 25 June, you’d better steer clear of anything from Fortnum & Mason! The comedian set aside his well-honed sense of humour to pen a deadly serious letter on PETA’s behalf to F&M head Beverley Aspinall calling the department store out for its sale of cruelly produced foie gras.

Gervais isn’t the only public figure to team up with PETA to speak out against Fortnum & Mason’s continued sale of foie gras. Other supporters of PETA’s campaign include campaign … Read more.


  • 25
  • May

Victory: Royal Shakespeare Company Goes Foie Gras–Free!

We have some great news to share! After being contacted by PETA and a number of their patrons, the Royal Shakespeare Company and its Rooftop Restaurant have agreed to end their sale of foie gras. They are the latest to join a growing list of British establishments that have dropped foie gras, including Selfridges and the BAFTAs. Prince Charles has even banned the vile product from his Royal residence.

Every year, millions of birds are born into a life of torture. Crammed into tiny cages or pens, these beautiful animals … Read more.


  • 05
  • May

West End Stars to Fortnum & Mason: ‘Bring the Final Curtain Down’ on Foie Gras

Holding a large banner and signs that resembled a stage curtain and read, “Fortnum & Mason: Bring the Final Curtain Down on Foie Gras”, West End stage stars Jenny Seagrove, Peter Egan, and Carley Stenson joined PETA in a protest outside Fortnum & Mason in Piccadilly today. Their point? That while the production of foie gras – the enlarged livers of force-fed geese and ducks – is so cruel it’s banned in the UK, Fortnum & Mason callously refuses to follow the lead of iconic department stores Harvey Nichols and … Read more.


  • 05
  • May

PETA’s Own Happy Couple ‘Wed’ at Fortnum & Mason to Help Birds

As the nation geared up for the Royal wedding, PETA joined with our friends from Animal Friends Croatia outside Fortnum & Mason to hold a wedding of a slightly different style. Our happy couple were asking customers to say “I don’t” to cruelly produced foie gras!

Fortnum & Mason continue to sell this vile product, which means horrendous suffering for the birds. They are one of the very few remaining retailers who are willing to profit from this inhumane product, one deemed by the British government too cruel to produce in the … Read more.


  • 21
  • Apr

Fortnum & Mason Make Former Playboy Model ‘Cross’

Bodypainted to resemble St George’s Cross and holding a sign that read, “Fortnum & Mason: Stop Importing Cruelty. Drop Foie Gras”, five nearly naked PETA supporters – including former Playboy model Victoria Eisermann – unfurled themselves outside Fortnum & Mason in Piccadilly today just in time for St. George’s Day. The lovely ladies’ point? That while Fortnum & Mason attempts to appear patriotic with an “all things English” event, the store refuses to stop selling foie gras – the enlarged livers of force-fed ducks and geese – which is imported from France … Read more.


  • 15
  • Apr

Fortnum & Mason Outshone by PETA’s Mass Balloon Giveaway

Shoppers walking past Fortnum & Mason today may have walked away with more than they bargained for. 9 PETA Action Team members from all over the world turned out en masse to hand out 500 balloons that read, “Fortnum & Mason: Drop cruel foie gras”, on one side and had an image of a goose on the other side. The balloons were handed out as part of PETA’s campaign to get the store to join others, such as Selfridges and Harvey Nichols, in ditching the “torture in a tin”.

The eye-catching event coincided with … Read more.