Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Ralph Fiennes Slams Fortnum & Mason over Foie Gras Sale: WARNING graphic video

EDITOR'S NOTE: The CFZ is primarily a research organisation, but we are also involved in activism and animal welfare. Therefore, stories like this, which aren't the least bit Fortean, are included because we think that it is important that such events are highlighted, rather than ignored.

June 27, 2013 5:25 PM GMT

Peta has exclusively revealed to IBTimes UK that actor Ralph Fiennes has written to Fortnum & Mason chief executive Ewan Venters to complain about its sale of foie gras.

Fiennes said he was appalled that the exclusive department store sells the product after seeing a video of geese being force-fed to produce the delicacy.

The actor urged Venters to ask him to stop selling foie gras, which is illegal to make in the UK.

An undercover film by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) exposed the abuse suffered by geese at a farm that supplies Fortnum & Mason with foie gras.

The film, narrated by Roger Moore, shows the birds being force-fed and having knives plunged into their throats without being stunned.

The geese are fed huge amounts of grain which is pumped into their stomachs through metal pipes, causing their livers to swell to 10 times their normal size and press up against their lungs.

In his letter, Fiennes said: "Animals and their welfare mean a lot to me and to the majority of the British public. That's why after watching video footage from Peta's harrowing undercover investigation of goose farms from which Fortnum & Mason obtains foie gras, I had to write to you.

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