Arlene Phillips: Cruel Fortnum & Mason Doesn’t Deserve a Royal Warrant

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After receiving her CBE from Her Majesty The Queen last month, TV presenter and choreographer Arlene Phillips is no stranger to royalty. So it’s no surprise that Prince Charles was the recipient of the letter she sent this week asking that Fortnum & Mason be stripped of its Royal Warrants as long as it continues to sell foie gras.

After learning about how birds have metal tubes rammed down their throats several times a day and are force-fed until they become ill to make this distasteful foodstuff, the Strictly Come Dancing judge was dancing with outrage. In her message to the Prince of Wales, she wrote:

I know that, like me, you abhor the force feeding of ducks and geese to produce foie gras. I am writing concerning Fortnum & Mason, as I have learned that the shop, which holds two Royal Warrants, is selling foie gras from a French farm and abattoir from which there is video evidence of grotesque cruelty to animals.

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Holding Royal Warrants should be an immense privilege bestowed only on establishments with extremely high standards. In light of Fortnum & Mason’s cavalier attitude towards animal welfare and for continuing to promote a product that is illegal to produce in Britain, may I respectfully request that you consider revoking the Royal Warrants until it ends its sale of foie gras?

F&M Goose

In the past, Prince Charles has shown his compassion by having foie gras banned from Royal menus, so we hope that he will show the same compassion towards the birds abused for Fortnum & Mason’s foie gras. Organisations such as the RSPCA, Compassion in World Farming and the International Veterinary Society – as well as tens of thousands of PETA supporters – agree that Fortnum & Mason needs to stop selling this “torture in a tin”.

You can get involved, too – please send a message to the company’s CEO, Ewan Venters, asking him to make the store strictly foie-gras–free.


  • Guillaume Orhant commented on April 12, 2013 at 9:37 am

    Since tiu less sensitive to the morals of the affair, Would you really consider it good business practice to gamble your warrants with a strong lobbying group just so that you can sell a few hundred tins of foie gras?

  • Caroline commented on April 12, 2013 at 9:37 am

    This must stop

  • Rebecca Campbell commented on April 12, 2013 at 9:41 am

    Stop this Barbaric abuse NOW, would you like it done to YOU ? disgusting and disgraceful . 🙁

  • Mae commented on April 12, 2013 at 9:41 am

    Time the world stopped such barbaric practices as Foie Gras. Such evil deeds are bringing about human destruction, as well as that of every other species on this earth.

  • elaine wing commented on April 12, 2013 at 9:57 am

    I can’t beleive in this day and age that we still have to sign petitions for things like this. I signed one yesterday for ducks in Britain that don’t allow them to bathe. Which they need to do as we are all aware of. Surely there is no need for this treatment any more, we do not live in the dark ages. Why so much cruelty towards animals of all types. Its disgusting.

  • Sara Hughes commented on April 12, 2013 at 10:05 am

    Stop this barbaric practice, unless those who want to sell it are prepared to undergo the same treatment.

  • Anastasia Martyn commented on April 12, 2013 at 10:28 am

    stop this evil practice – this sort of thing – cruelty to animals is bringing about the downfall of humanity – why has humanity not risen above this disgusting behaviour. Animals are not for us to treat so barbarically.

  • Maggie Knewstub commented on April 12, 2013 at 11:03 am

    This practice is disgusting,horrible and totally inhumane-there is no excuse,whatsoever for this terrible treatment of sentient beings. No human palate is worthy of this degree of abuse. EVER!

  • Sharon Almey commented on April 12, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    another shame of the human race……..i agree remove the Royal warrant it’s a disgrace royalty are associated with such barbaric procedures

  • Jane smith commented on April 12, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    Disgusting and barbaric practise 🙁

  • Wendy Blackwell commented on April 12, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    Foie Gras??? Foie GROSS! Stop selling or lose Royal Warranty. Certainly lose respect of decent people.

  • Kim Gardner commented on April 12, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    Please consider putting pressure on fortnum & mason so they stop selling Froie gras
    There are alternatives ways to produce it without cruelty to these gentle creatures…take in Spain for instance..they allow ducks & geese to eat when they want to, not force fed.

  • Su Horn commented on April 12, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    stop this evil treatment of animals…you should all be ashamed of yourselves!!!

  • Jane Habershon commented on April 12, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    Please stop this cruel and barbaric practice!

  • Angela Harry commented on April 12, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    Just like the horse meat scandal I do not believe that the majority of people are aware of what is happening to these poor creatures. They just live in oblivion and eat this product. Keep up the good work the more people that know the less will eat it!!!!!

  • Shirley Coughlin commented on April 15, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    I cannot beelieve this cruel practice still goes on. It’s utterly disgraceful and should be stopped!!

  • Maureen Drake commented on May 2, 2013 at 9:25 am

    Please let your conscience tell you how wrong foie-gras is and that for your store to stock and sell it is very wrong.
    There are so many other lovely products which you can stock, so please think of those poor animals and the pain, fear and shock they must feel and stop selling this product which is obtained under horrible conditions.

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