Victory for foie gras campaigners

CAMPAIGNERS are celebrating after iconic London department store Fortnum & Mason has finally given in to pressure to stop selling foie gras.

Celebrities including the late Sir Roger Moore, Twiggy, Joanna Lumley, Bill Oddie and Ricky Gervais have for years been part of a campaign by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) to picket the shop.

BBC presenter Chris Packham said: “The world is changing, ever more rapidly, in its regard to the way we treat animals. They are not there for us, they and we are part of a world that should support them. And we are waking up not the fact that what was acceptable yesterday is no longer tolerable today.

“Hats off to Fortnums, this is a timely signal that time are changing, and for the poor abused geese in France, they will be changing for the better.”

Defra minister Lord Goldsmith has joined campaigners in the crusade against the goose liver product, and the Government is now considering a ban on the product.

A spokesperson said: “The Government has made clear that the production of foie gras from ducks or geese using force feeding raises serious welfare concerns, and the practice is rightly banned in the UK. The Government is considering the further steps it could take.”


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