Vegetarians International Voice for Animals

Harry served sick food stuff banned by Prince Charles

Release date: 
Tuesday, March 27, 2012

ANIMAL campaigners hope that Prince Harry followed in his father's footsteps by opting not to dine on the controversial pâté foie-gras, served to him at a recent formal dinner in Jamaica.

It has come to light that 260 guests - including the Prince - were served a set menu including foie-gras - during the event at King's House in St Andrew, earlier in March.

Prince Charles, 63, banned chefs in his royal residences from buying or using foie-gras due to animal welfare concerns in 2008, a stance confirmed in a letter to animal group Viva!, from Clarence House.

The controversial pâté is made from the diseased livers of force-fed geese or ducks - a process which is
illegal in the UK.

Viva! will be writing to Prince Harry to ask him to uphold his father's ethical standards and request that foie-gras is not served to him during any future official engagement.

Campaigns director, Justin Kerswell says: “Isn't it ironic that a dinner to celebrate the best of British included something that would be illegal to produce in Britain because it would break our animal welfare laws' Prince Charles is such an opponent of the cruelties inherent in the production of foie-gras that he banned it from Royal kitchens four years ago. I wonder what he would say if he knew Prince Harry was being served it on the other side of the world'

“People who eat foie-gras try and trick themselves into thinking that it's not cruel. However, there's nothing humane about intentionally causing disease in a bird by forcing them to ingest so much feed that their livers swell up to ten times its natural size. We hope that Harry will do the British thing and ban it from his menus from now on.

The Jamaican Gleaner reported details of the dinner held on March 6, hosted by Governor General Sir Patrick and Lady Allen and catered for by New Kingston's Jamaica Pegasus hotel.

Last February, the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, risked the wrath of her then future father-in-law by lunching on foie-gras, at Koffmann's Restaurant at the five-star Berkeley Hotel in Knightsbridge.

Viva! have been campaigning to make Britain foie-gras free for several years - with many restaurants and major brands dropping it from their menus and shelves as a result.

For more information, visit www.viva.org.uk/campaigns/foiegras

ENDS

Notes to editors

Details of the dinner were reported, with pictures of the foie-gras served, by The Jamaican Gleaner and Jamaican Observer.
http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20120315/cook/cook3.html
http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/A-meal-fit-for-a--Prince_11002230

To read more about Kate Middleton dining on foie-gras, see the Daily Mail http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1355808/Kate-Middletons-foi...
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1355808/Kate-Middletons-foi...