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How to help fight foie-gras

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  • Viva! needs your support. Please donate to our campaign and help us stop the misery of factory farming. Join Viva! if you are not already a supporter.
     
  • Write to your local newspaper (this always gets a fantastic response). For a sample letter, click here
     
  • No supermarkets are selling foie-gras because of people like you putting pressure on them to stop. However, there are a few large places still selling it (including Harrods and Fortnum & Mason), as well as smaller independent restaurants and delis. Click here to find out how to contact them and a sample letter to them and anyone else selling foie-gras.
     
  • Contact your local councillor. York has banned foie-gras, so has Bath, Bolton and Stockport - could yours be next? Click here for a sample letter to write to them. We can also provide you with everything you need.

Foie-gras production is so barbaric it already been ended in over 15 countries – and the UK government has said that it would break existing welfare guidelines, so it is essentially banned here. However, although it violates UK animal welfare standards, tons of foie-gras are imported into the UK every year and sold in shops and restaurants.

  • Contact Fortnum & Mason and ask them to stop selling foie-gras!

    www.fortnumandmason.com/contact-us.aspx

    "Dear Fortnum & Mason

    I was deeply upset to find out that you are selling foie-gras in your store and will not shop with you until this ends.

    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. Every year, around a million ducks die during this period of force-feeding.

    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.

    There is no excuse for a British company to profit off the back of extreme animal suffering and something that would be illegal to produce in this country.

    Please remove foie-gras from sale and commit to not selling it in the future."

  • Sign this pledge not to shop at Harrods or Fortnum & Mason whilst they continue to sell foie-gras.

  • Write to George Eustice, and ask him to ban foie-gras imports to the UK.

    George Eustice
    Minister of State for Agriculture and Food
    Defra
    Nobel House
    17 Smith Square
    London SW1P 3JR

    helpline@defra.gsi.gov.uk (note: use this email address from now on. He does not have his own Ministerial address and emails will be sent back from his constituency address saying they will only answer constituency business. Put in email header: FAO George Eustice, Minister of State for Agriculture and Food re: foie-gras ban in Britain

    "Dear Minister

    I was shocked to discover that despite being illegal to produce in Britain because of cruelty, it is legal to import foie-gras into this country. Surely that makes a mockery of our sovereign welfare laws?

    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. Every year, around 38 million ducks are killed for foie-gras production in France. It is so violent that a million die during this period of force-feeding.

    This is not a small problem. Britain imports more foie-gras from France than Germany, Italy or Holland.

    I understand that the Government says that trade laws stop a ban on importation being considered. However, I urge you look at this urgently and take action to make Britain foie-gras free.

    Yours faithfully"

  • Viva! is working with the French consumer group, L214/Stop Gavage (French for forced feeding). Visit their website and sign their manifesto for the abolition of foie-gras across Europe.
  • Call for a complete ban on force-feeding and the use of birds for foie-gras production in the European Union by writing to:
     

    Dacian Cioloş
    Member of the European Commission
    B-1049 Brussels
    Belgium

    dacian.ciolos@ec.europa.eu

Letter

Dear Letters to the Editor

I am very disappointed to see that a local business – [add the name of the restaurant or shop selling foie-gras here] is selling foie-gras.

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. Every year, around a million ducks die during this period of force-feeding.

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.

However, 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.

Local people also have the power to end the sale of foie-gras by not visiting establishments which sell this barbaric ‘delicacy’.

Of course, eating any animal causes suffering – the best way of stopping cruelty is to go vegetarian.

For more information on how to and for free info on how to go veggie, contact Viva!, 8 York Court, Wilder St, Bristol BS2 8QH, tel. 0117 944 1000, www.viva.org.uk/foiegras email info@viva.org.uk.

Yours sincerely,