Wednesday, 8 June 2011

What is foie gras?

Foie gras (Pronounced "fwa gra") is French for "fat liver" and is made out of the liver from a duck or goose.  In order to produce foie gras the duck or goose concerned will be force fed corn.  Often the ducks and geese used in foie gras production are forced to live in tiny pens or cages amongst their own faeces, often they develop skeletal disorders and respiratory problems due to the force feeding they endure.  According to PETA, they are force fed two kilograms of grain, maize and fat which is the equivalent of us eating roughly 20 kilograms of pasta per day. 

This is no life for an animal.

Back in 2008, PETA engaged in talks with department store Fortnum & Mason who agreed that they would no longer sell duck foie gras.  Unfortunately, the store continues to sell goose foie gras in both its stores and restaurants.  Sir Roger Moore amongst other celebrities has in the past spoken out against foie gras and has previously helped persuade Selfridges and Harvey Nichols to drop the product, Sir Roger has now turned his attention to Fortnum & Mason but he and PETA need further support to help convince them to do the right thing.

How to Help

Click here and read more about PETA's campaign (warning, upsetting content) and then use their form to send a readily prepared e-mail to Fortnum & Mason asking them not to sell foie gras in their stores.

Don't forget to tell your friends!

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