Animal abusers beware – Ingrid E Newkirk is in town! On her flying visit to London this week, the PETA founder got straight down to business by paying a visit to Fortnum & Mason in Piccadilly. She wasn’t there to shop, however. Instead, the fearless lady was bound with ropes and “force-fed” by a man holding a tube and funnel, in order to graphically illustrate what happens to geese on foie gras farms.
Foie gras is universally condemned because of the suffering that its production causes birds, and it has been … 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.
Zac Goldsmith, MP, has joined the call for Fortnum & Mason to drop foie gras – a food whose production is so cruel that it is illegal to produce in the UK and which His Royal Highness Prince Charles has banned from menus at his Royal residences.
The Conservative politician, who is known for his concern for the environment, wrote to CEO Ewan Venters after seeing PETA’s investigation into the shocking treatment of geese on farms that the store gets foie gras from:
Traditional “la gavage” foie gras production is
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“Shocked and sickened” – that’s how Emma Parker Bowles felt after watching footage of what happens on the French foie gras farms that supply Fortnum & Mason.
PETA UK’s video, which shows how force-fed geese and ducks have thick metal tubes rammed down their throats three times a day, sometimes rupturing them, made Parker Bowles determined to speak out and urge Fortnum & Mason to stop selling this vile product. “There is no justification for this cruelty, nor is there anything ‘British’ about foie gras”, she says, echoing the sentiments … Read more.
What do Members of Parliament Kerry McCarthy, Martin Horwood, Chris Williamson and George Galloway have in common?
They are all disgusted by Fortnum & Mason’s support of the cruel and vile foie gras trade.
Even though Fortnum & Mason claims to be “quintessentially English”, it sells foie gras – a product that’s illegal to make in the UK and that has been condemned not only by MPs but also by Royals and a number of British icons, including Sir Roger Moore and Dame Vera Lynn.
After seeing PETA’s video footage showing … Read more.
PETA has been campaigning hard recently asking Fortnum & Mason to join shops like Selfridges and Harvey Nichols by ending its support of the barbaric foie gras trade.
Despite a shocking undercover investigation of several farms represented by the Sarlat Perigord cooperative, from which Fortnum & Mason’s distributor sources foie gras, that revealed the horrific suffering of birds, Fortnum & Mason continues to sell the vile product.
As a store which trades on its English heritage, Fortnum & Mason should not be supporting a product so cruel that its production is illegal … 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.
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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.
Much-loved wildlife expert Bill Oddie made an unexpected appearance at Fortnum & Mason’s Christmas window unveiling today dressed as Santa Claus to call on Fortnum & Mason to be good, for goodness’ sake, and stop selling foie gras! Oddie stunned shoppers as he loudly explained that Fortnum & Mason pays producers in France to force-feed geese until their livers become grossly enlarged so that Fortnum & Mason can sell the “torture in a tin”. Oddie also delivered a bag of coal for Managing Director Beverley Aspinall, to whom he wrote in September… Read more.
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.