Fortnum & Mason’s carefully cultivated image – of a shop steeped in English tradition – took a major knock yesterday, thanks to a wave of PETA supporters who paid the store a surprise St George’s Day visit! Whether handing out fliers or posing almost naked and bodypainted with St George’s flags, activists were determined to remind the company and its customer that the sale of foie gras is positively un-English.
Foie gras is made from the diseased and grossly enlarged livers of force-fed geese. Production of the French foodstuff is … Read more.
On St George’s Day, there are plenty of genuinely English things that everyone who lives in this green and pleasant land can be proud of. But there’s one company that claims to represent national values while profiting from a product so un-English that it’s actually illegal to produce here.
Yep, you guessed it: we’re talking about Fortnum & Mason and its shameful sale of foie gras. It’s hard to swallow – a shop with Royal warrants that trades on British tradition promoting a foodstuff made from torturing animals.
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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.
Pamela Anderson, who recently graced our screens in Dancing on Ice, has fired off a letter to Fortnum & Mason urging the retailer to stop selling vile foie gras.
“I am pretty tough”, she wrote, “but watching this disgusting process brought me to tears”.
The blonde bombshell was understandably distressed after seeing video footage of ducks flapping in pain and trying to lift their heads after their throats had been slit on foie gras farms that supply Fortnum & Mason – one of the few British stores that still stocks this … 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:
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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.
Christmas has come early for ducks and geese, with the news that the House of Lords' restaurants will go foie gras–free in 2013!
PETA's appeal to rid the restaurants of this "torture in a tin" was backed by compassionate Peers, following a recent outcry over reports that the Barry Room restaurant was serving the cruelly produced foodstuff, made by force-feeding birds until their livers swell to up to 10 times their normal size.
In the appeal to the House of Lords Head of Catering and Retail, PETA pointed out that it is … 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.
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MP Caroline Lucas has joined PETA’s campaign against foie gras. In a letter to Lord Chamberlain, she has called for Fortnum & Mason to be stripped of its Royal Warrants for continuing to sell foie gras – a product so vile that it is illegal to produce in the UK and is banned from Royal menus.
In speaking out against Fortnum & Mason’s sale of this vile product, Caroline joins an increasing number of celebrities, including Sir Roger Moore, Bill Oddie, Chantelle Houghton, Dame Vera Lynn, Ricky Gervais… Read more.