Vegetarians International Voice for Animals

Contact Sellers of Foie-gras

Because of the efforts of people like you, foie-gras is no longer sold in any major UK supermarket. However, it is sold in some chains of hotels, restaurants, pubs, bistros and delicatessens. Below are the names and contact details (as well as a suggested letter) to some of the places currently selling it.

Because foie-gras can appear and then vanish from menus very quickly we do not have a list of smaller local places selling it. Please check before you send your polite correspondence that these smaller businesses are currently selling foie-gras.
 

Harrods

Post: Harrods Ltd, 87-135 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7XL
Phone: 020 7730 1234
Email: Use this webform to contact them.
 

Fortnum & Mason

Post: Fortnum & Mason, 181 Piccadilly, London W1A 1ER
Phone: 020 7734 8040
Email: Use this webform to contact them.

 

Letter

"Dear Madam/Sir

I was very disappointed to find out that you are currently selling foie-gras - and I respectfully ask that you remove it at once.

Foie-gras is the grossly enlarged liver of a duck or goose and is essentially a disease, marketed as a delicacy. Birds raised for this 'gourmet' cruelty are force-fed enormous quantities of food through a long metal pipe, three times a day. This process of deliberate and painful overfeeding continues for up to a month by which time the birds' livers have swelled to ten times their normal size. Force feeding results in the premature deaths of around 1 million birds in France every year.

Foie-gras is not produced in Britain, as the Government has made it clear that its production would contravene existing animal welfare regulations, but sadly it is still perfectly legal to import it. Even the previous government minister responsible for animal welfare, Ben Bradshaw, encouraged a consumer boycott. Its production has been outlawed in Poland, Denmark, Germany, Norway and Israel. Animal welfare group Viva! persuaded the state of California to pass legislation outlawing both the production and selling of foie-gras after recognising the barbaric methods employed in its production. After an appeal by Paul McCartney, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the ban into law, conceding that foie-gras production is unacceptably cruel.

In recent years, supermarket chain Lidl removed foie-gras after Viva! contacted them and detailed the cruelty behind its production, with wholesalers Makro following suit. High-end retailers House of Fraser and Harvey Nichols have also banned foie-gras on ethical grounds.Most recently, online giant Amazon banned the sale of foie-gras on their UK marketplace.

Please follow their lead and terminate foie-gras from your shelves.

Yours faithfully"