Target: Managing Director of Fortnum & Mason, Ewan Venters
Goal: Stop selling foie gras, the diseased liver of tortured geese.
Major British department store Fortnum & Mason continues to sell foie gras, despite the horrific cruelty involved in its production. Foie gras literally means “fatty liver” in French and that’s exactly what is being marketed as a “delicacy.” In foie gras production, geese are force-fed several times a day in order to cause their livers to become distended, often swelling to up to 10 times their normal size and pressing against the animals’ lungs causing severe respiratory issues. Many geese also die from ruptured organs, neck injuries and asphyxiation when food is accidentally pumped into their lungs.
Employees roughly grab the birds by the neck, ram a metal tube down their throats and pump huge amounts of corn and grain into their stomachs. This customarily happens three to four times a day, with each goose being force-fed four pounds of fatty food daily. These gentle animals are kept in cramped and barren wire cages so small they can’t even turn around. They never see the outdoors or experience the freedom to display natural behaviors and are forced to grow so quickly that most of them experience leg fractures and can’t even stand up.
Fortnum & Mason is one of the last department stores in the United Kingdom to still sell the cruel product. With foie gras production being illegal in the country, the store buys the product from French farms. While the Fortnum & Mason website states that their foie gras is “produced by just two farms carefully selected for their excellent welfare standards,” a PETA UK investigation into these facilities revealed horrific suffering for the geese analogous to those detailed above.
In light of this, it is shameful that Fortnum & Mason continues to sell this product of cruelty, furthermore misleadingly marketing it as a “luxury” delicacy when it is in fact the diseased liver of a slaughtered innocent animal, obtained through extremely cruel means. Sign this petition and urge Fortnum & Mason to stop participating in this barbaric trade and stop selling foie gras.
Dear Mr. Venters,
You are certainly aware of the horrific cruelty that goes into foie gras production. Geese are force-fed three to four times a day to obtain the diseased fatty liver your store markets as a “luxury” product. These birds have four pounds of corn and grain pumped into their stomachs daily through metal tubes forcefully rammed into their throats. Their distended livers swell to up to 10 times their normal size, putting pressure on their lungs and other internal organs. Some animals don’t even make it to slaughtering; They die excruciating deaths due to ruptured organs, severe neck injuries and asphyxiation when food is accidentally pumped into their lungs.
Your website assures customers that your foie gras is produced using “excellent welfare standards,” but the production of diseased goose liver is inherently cruel and can never involve good welfare for the animals involved. By continuing to sell this product, you are contributing to unimaginable suffering for gentle animals who aside from being force-fed are also kept in tiny barren cages, unable to turn around, see the outdoors or experience any moment of respite from their miserable lives.
Fortnum & Mason is one of the last UK department stores to participate in this barbaric trade. I urge you to stop profiting from this cruel product and end the sale of foie gras at your store.
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