Viva! supporters sent thousands of postcards and online messages to Mr Blumenthal reminding him that there is no such thing as ethical foie-gras – and anyone trying to produce it in the UK would be liable to find themselves prosecuted for animal cruelty. Viva! and our supporters also contacted British supermarket Waitrose, which – although it refuses to sell foie-gras on ethical grounds – was fronted by Mr Blumenthal.
SUCCESS!: May 2014 - York Food Festival - although they state that they will not take a position on the issue - have confirmed that foie-gras will not feature in any events they put on themselves and it will not feature in any festival listings of third party events. York City Council have also reiterated its commitment to ensuring that areas under its ownership and management will remain resolutely foie-gras free. Thank you to everyone who wrote!
ANIMAL CHARITY VIVA! – who recently celebrated persuading internet giant Amazon to delist products containing foie-gras in the UK – is calling on celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay to dump the controversial food stuff after scenes of suffering were recorded on multiple French farms belonging to one of his approved suppliers.
ANIMAL CHARITY VIVA! has written to celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal to congratulate him on the ethical decision to remove foie-gras from all his menus – both in the UK and Australia. This comes after years of campaigning by Viva! to educate chefs and the public about the way foie-gras is produced.
ANIMAL CHARITY VIVA! and one of its patrons are calling on online marketplace eBay to follow Amazon UK by prohibiting the sale of foie-gras on its British marketplace* **.
ANIMAL CHARITY VIVA! has today congratulated Amazon for ending the sale of controversial foie-gras in their British online marketplace.
The retail giant – the world’s largest online marketplace – has now officially prohibited its sale after pressure by the campaigning group who, earlier this year, presented the company with evidence of the abject suffering caused by its production and a petition signed by over 10,000 Amazon customers and Viva! supporters.
CAMPAIGNING animal group Viva! has expressed its relief that California is now on the verge of implementing a ban on the sale of foie-gras – over seven years after then Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger originally agreed it.