Photo call: Wendy Turner-Webster urges county council to ban cruel pâté | Viva!

Photo call: Wendy Turner-Webster urges county council to ban cruel pâté

Staffordshire born TV celebrity campaigns for "tortured' ducks and geese

Release date: 
Monday, April 14, 2008

Presenter of popular TV shows such as Pet Rescue, and patron of leading animal group Viva!, Wendy Turner-Webster is campaigning to make her home county a kinder place to live by making Staffordshire foie-gras free. She will hand in a personally signed letter and evidence of the cruelty involved in its production to the head of the county council, John Taylor, urging the authority to pass a motion to become the first in Britain to become officially foie-gras free. She will be joined by her husband and cosignee " TV actor Gary Webster " and a giant duck from Viva!, who will be holding a placard declaring "Foie-gras free Staffordshire now!'. Viva! are running a national campaign to highlight the animal suffering caused by what has been dubbed "torture in a tin'. York and Bolton city councils made headlines by banning foie-gras last year. The move comes after Wendy became aware of foie-gras " a product that would be illegal to produce in this country " being currently or recently sold by businesses in Staffordshire*. She has personally written asking them to stop selling it and join the campaign for a foie-gras free Staffordshire. Wendy is also urging the council to contact the businesses, urging them to stop selling it. Wendy says: "There is nothing humane about mechanically inducing disease in a bird by forcing a pipe down his throat and making him consume such an abnormal quantity of food that his liver expands many times its normal size. I'm urging my home county of Staffordshire to be trailblazer for animal welfare and give this cruel p't' the boot. The county council has the power to officially ban foie-gras from their buildings and educate local businesses. Those businesses can vote for welfare by taking it off their menus. Of course, all the people of Staffs can do their bit by vowing to boycott it " and even better end all animal suffering by going veggie!' ENDS Notes to editors To arrange an interview with Wendy and Gary please contact Justin Kerswell or press officer Helen Rossiter on 0117 944 1000 (or 07977 463057 on the day). For more information, photos and a fully referenced factsheet on Viva!'s campaign for a foie-gras free Britain visit www.viva.org.uk/foiegras A copy of the motion is available of request. * Staffordshire businesses that have been contacted by Wendy who currently sell foie-gras, or have done in the past: The Swan Hotel, Stafford http://www.theswanstafford.co.uk/documents/swanchristmas07brochuredownlo... The Moathouse Hotel & Restaurant, Acton Trussell http://www.moathouse.co.uk/newsarticle.php'cid=NjA4&opcid=MCUyQzc0JTJDNjA4 Seasons Restaurant at Swinfen Hall Hotel, Lichfield http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g186376-d314477-r6916188-Swin... Three Horseshoes Inn, Leek http://www.themobilefoodguide.com/select/menu11463.php 'Rag' Restaurant & Public House, Rawnsley, Nr Cannock http://www.theragatrawnsley.co.uk/evening.html Foie-gras is produced by force feeding ducks or geese large amounts of food so that their livers swell to up to ten times the normal size. A pipe is shoved down the bird's oesophagus and food is forced into the stomach. The process is repeated two or three times daily for two to three weeks until the birds develop fatty liver disease. The birds are then slaughtered. Over 90 per cent of birds used in foie-gras production are ducks, with around a million birds dying during force-feeding each year. It is not produced in Britain, as the Government has made it clear that its production would contravene existing animal welfare regulations. However, tons are legally imported each year. Minister Lord Rooker has told Viva! the Government are currently considering loopholes in EU legislation which may allow a ban on imports of foie-gras, because of public morality and animal welfare concerns. Its production has been outlawed in Poland, Denmark, Germany, Norway and Israel. The group persuaded UK branches of Lidl and Makro to pull foie-gras and was instrumental in Harvey Nichols and Fortnum & Mason decision to drop it. The BBC has told Viva! that they will not cater with foie-gras in the future and are considering dropping it from future editions of shows such as Masterchef. The Marriot hotel chain has also said that it is likely they would remove foie-gras from future menus. Prince Charles has told the group that he against foie-gras for ethical reasons, and London Mayor Ken Livingstone has publicly backed the campaign. Viva! have produced their own satirical on-line film on foie-gras, which can be viewed at www.viva.org.uk/foiegras.

Share on FacebookShare on Twitter

2017: Viva! Review

2017: Viva! Review

by Juliet Gellatley, Viva!'s founder and director It’s the start of another year, but before we get going with all...
FREE daily emails with everything you need to go vegan. Delicious vegan recipes, vegan meal plans, vegan nutrition, health and inspiration.
Listen to Viva!'s founder and director, Juliet Gellatley , speak on live radio about the creation and screening of the UK's first VEGAN cinema advert, Bring Hope to Millions...

Very Vegan Christmas

Being vegan has never been more important, or easy to do! Eating meat-free this festive season is the kindest and most compassionate thing you can do for the animals, your health and the environment. Let our Christmas pages inspire you to try something different this year!

Viva!’s Outreach Campaign for Turkeys this Christmas!

Viva!’s Outreach Campaign for Turkeys this Christmas!

In the weeks leading up to Christmas, Viva! has been inundated with Christmas Turkey leaflet orders - over TWICE as many as last year! This huge number of people getting active for turkeys this year reflects the masses of people turning their backs on meat in Britain, and the fast growing interest...
Viva!Life Issue 66 | Winter 2017

Viva!Life Issue 66 | Winter 2017

Discover more about Viva!'s groundbreaking vegan cinema ad campaign, our interview with Benjamin Zephaniah and catch up with the latest news on our campaigns, Vegan Recipe Club and more.

Get your free copy by becoming a Viva! Supporter - join today....

Read more
In an open letter to Bill Gates, Viva! asks Bill Gates to put his mouth where his money is and support going vegan for the planet.

Open letter to Bill Gates

I read, with some dismay, your blog Is There Enough Meat for Everyone? I see that this was written some time ago and hope that you have since changed your position to one more in keeping with current thinking.

Read more