Target: English department store Fortnum and Mason
Goal: Stop selling foie gras.
A PETA investigator visiting one of the top foie gras production plants witnessed workers thrusting stiff metallic tubes down into ducks’ throats and forcibly pumping large amounts of grain into their stomachs three times a day. Through this force-feeding process, the livers of the ducks become diseased and swell greatly. Recently, musician Morrissey (previously of the Smiths) brought to the public’s attention the fact that Fortnum and Mason in London sells the “fatty duck livers” that are produced by this painful and inhumane force-feeding.
The production of foie gras is illegal in the United Kingdom, “yet the ever-so-correct Fortnum and Mason have found suppliers in France who will keep their shelves stocked,” Morissey writes. Fortnum and Mason are the only remaining department store in London who is known to sell the “pitiless atrocity” of foie gras. We must pressure them to stop selling this “savage beyond belief” product and expedite the end of this evil practice.
Foie gras production is so notably cruel that at least 15 countries have banned it, including Australia, Germany, Israel, and the U.K. It has been denounced by many well-respected chefs and restaurateurs all around the world. Still, Fortnum and Mason remain steadfast in their support of this deadly and atrocious practice. Urge the company to stop the sale of foie gras immediately.
Dear Fortnum and Mason,
An investigator recently discovered that workers at one of the largest foie gras production facilities forcibly “shove steel tubes down ducks’ throats and pump huge amounts of grain into them three times a day.” Through this force-feeding process, the livers of the ducks become diseased and swell greatly. It was also uncovered that an average of 41 ducks drop dead daily at foie gras production facilities. The bloated livers of the ducks results in the birds having no space for their air sacs to fill with oxygen, leading to the ducks spending their last days feeling “smothered.”
Foie gras production is illegal in the United Kingdom, and your company is now the only department store in London who is associated with the “pitiless atrocity” of foie gras. Many companies across the world have denounced foie gras. Fifteen countries, including Australia, Germany, Israel, and the U.K. have backed them by renouncing the delicacy. We demand that you follow suit and stop selling such a “savage beyond belief ‘product.’”
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Photo credit: Brian Aydemir via flickr