This week in France, Ernest Soulard, a major foie gras producer which supplies some of Paris’ most famous restaurants, appeared in court after being accused of “serious abuse and cruelty” by French animal rights group L214, following video footage exposing horrific treatment of ducks and geese on farms.
This is the video released by L214 in November 2013:
The footage shows how ducks are confined to individual faeces-encrusted cages so tiny that they can’t even turn around or spread their wings. Sick birds are seen panting in distress and collapsing on the … Read more.
The Irish Parliament building, Leinster House, is on the growing list of institutions around the world that refuse to serve foie gras – the fatty liver of force-fed ducks and geese.
Officials confirmed the news to PETA, and this move follows in the compassionate footsteps of the UK’s House of Commons and House of Lords, both of which maintain firm policies against serving foie gras.
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts, the Brit Awards, Wimbledon, Lord’s Cricket Ground and the Royal Shakespeare Company have all also banned foie gras.
Leinster … Read more.
This week, we received a very welcome e-mail from London’s Institut Français:
I hear your concern concerning the “force feeding” [of] birds. We want all our students to enjoy the Christmas Market the best possible way in a festive atmosphere[.] I hope you will be happy to hear we all have agreed to ask the stall to remove foie gras from the menu.
A student studying French at the cultural centre – who also happens to be a PETA campaigner – was dismayed when she found out that cruel foie gras … Read more.
Whether you’re a fan of ice skating, fine art, open-air cinema or fashion, you’ll find them at Somerset House – which is why we were delighted to learn this week that the London cultural institution is also a foie gras–free zone!
“I can confirm that we do not allow foie gras to be supplied or served at Somerset House”, Director Jonathan Reekie wrote to PETA.
We were especially relieved by this news in light of Somerset House’s Christmas partnership with Fortnum & Mason, one of the few retailers that continue to sell … Read more.
Beginning today, the government has amended the number and scope of permitted acts in relation to works protected by copyright to include allowing limited copying on a fair-dealing basis for the purposes of parody, caricature and pastiche. What does that mean for us? Well, PETA US has often used parody in its campaigns, from mocking SeaWorld to lampooning video games in order to call out those targets and help get people thinking about animal rights. PETA UK has been unable to include the creation of parody websites in its campaigns, until now.… Read more.
Cornwall’s Port Eliot Festival, which will be held this weekend and is known for fine food, music and literature, has reassured punters that cruelty to ducks and geese will not be on the menu.
Because of the festival’s emphasis on fresh, locally sourced and sustainable food, you’d hardly expect to find foie gras there, given the deeply unethical methods used in its production, which is so cruel that it’s been banned in the UK. To make the “fatty liver pâté”, vast amounts of corn are pumped into the stomachs … Read more.
India has become the first country in the world to impose a complete ban on the production, import and sale of foie gras. The pressure has been mounting on India’s Ministry of Commerce from animal-protection organisations, including PETA India, and officials have now finally elected to impose the ban, which will see to it that no more of this vile product makes it into the country.
Ducks reared for foie gras spend their lives confined to tiny cages and subjected to barbaric force-feeding several times a day via a metal tube … Read more.
First monkeys, then ducks and geese: Air France is certainly racking up the victims with its cruel policies. As if it weren’t bad enough that it’s the only international airline that still transports primates to laboratories for animal testing, the company has just sponsored a pound of foie gras to be given to each of the 751 members of the European Parliament (MEPs) in Strasbourg, despite the fact that foie gras production is so cruel that it would be illegal in most EU countries.
A bunch of MEPs unsurprisingly rejected the … Read more.
The Scots are earning quite the reputation for their compassion towards animals, with another award-winning Scottish eatery pledging to banish foie gras from its menu for good.
Appalled after hearing from us about the scale of the cruelty involved in foie gras production, Gordon’s Restaurant in Inverkeilor, Angus, said NO MORE.
Birds reared for foie gras endure the daily trauma of being force-fed via a metal tube which is rammed down their throats several times a day until their livers swell to up to 10 times their normal size, making it hard … Read more.
We have some wonderful news to share! After PETA contacted the nationwide boutique hotel groups Malmaison and Hotel du Vin about how birds are force-fed several times a day through metal pipes that are rammed down their throats in order to make foie gras, they made the compassionate decision to ban the vile product from all 28 of their hotel menus throughout the UK.
“I totally agree with your view on this issue”, wrote Gary Davis, CEO of MWB Group Holdings, which owns the hotels, before personally ensuring that all foie gras … Read more.