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Tell Tesco not to sell foie-gras in Hungary

Tesco are Selling Foie-gras in Hungary

Through constant campaigning from people like you, no major UK supermarket sells foie-gras in Britain. However, Tesco - Britain's biggest retailer - is selling foie-gras in its stores in Hungary (revealed by an investigation by animal group Four Paws). Not content with selling live turtles in its stores in China, Tesco have now decided to sell the fatty livers of tortured birds in its stores in the East European country.

Outside of France, Hungary is the biggest foie-gras producing country in the world. Tesco try and justify selling foie-gras in Hungary by saying it is bowing to public demand and local custom. However, most of the foie-gras produced there is exported to France, and there is no culinary tradition of foie-gras in Hungary. Even if there was, there is no justification for Tesco making profit on the back of birds that suffer such cruel treatment that the production of foie-gras is effectively banned in the UK. The money made in Tesco Hungary will be coming back to shareholders in the UK. It seems that as far as animal welfare is concerned with Tesco, out-of-sight, out-of-mind.

Complain to Tesco. Tell them it is not acceptable to ignore animal welfare in their stores abroad. Tell them to stop selling foie-gras anywhere!

Freephone: 0845 6004411

Write: Philip Clarke, CEO Tesco, Tesco House, PO Box 44, Delamare Road, Cheshunt, Herts, EN8 9SL

Email: customer.service@tesco.co.uk

Use our letter template below - or even better write your own:

"Dear Sir

As a customer of Tesco, I was deeply upset to find out that you are selling foie-gras in your stores in Hungary.

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 culinary tradition of selling foie-gras in Hungary - in-fact, most is exported to France. Even if there was, that 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 in Hungary and commit to not selling it in the future."