23 June 2011

Ricky Gervais tells head of Fortnum and Mason to stop selling foie gras

Comedian and actor Ricky Gervais recently penned a letter to Beverley Aspinall, the head honcho of the “quintessential” English store Fortnum & Mason, and it wasn’t to compliment the retail establishment’s selection of tea.

Gervais, on the behalf of PETA, threatened to take his business elsewhere unless Britain’s most famous food shop stopped carrying the French delicacy, foie gras.

Gervais writes:
I have been a customer of your store, for many years and I consider it a great British institution. I am however, saddened to hear that despite the extremely unethical processes involved in obtaining it, you continue to stock foie gras...

If you would reconsider your stance on selling this awful product, it would be a huge step for this campaign.

Foie gras is the fattened liver from a goose or duck that has been fed through a process called gavaging.

The gavage process involves the force-feeding of the birds up to four times daily with a long metal tube that runs straight into the esophagus. This torturous activity takes place for approximately 15 days until the creature is finally slaughtered.

So it’s no surprise that Gervais is not alone in asking Fortnum & Mason to consider removing the item from its shelves.

The British funny man joins campaign head Sir Roger Moore along with Twiggy, Jenny Seagrove, Carley Stenson, Peter Egan, Owain Yeoman, and the Duchess of Hamilton in the effort to make the iconic retail establishment on 181 Piccadilly a little less cruel.

Eric Fortney | @elfortney | email
Eric is the co-founder and executive editor of the animal rights and eco-friendly news source, This Dish Is Veg. In addition to his work at TDIV, Eric is a father of three, runner, and lover of the outdoors.

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