Chantelle Houghton: Ho, Ho, Faux – Don’t Buy Foie Gras

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Christmas shoppers outside Fortnum & Mason’s Piccadilly store got a festive surprise today when Big Brother winner Chantelle Houghton, dressed in a seasonal red velvet robe, led a protest against the department store’s sale of foie gras. Our favourite socialite handed out free tins of deliciously decadent, cruelty-free faux gras to shoppers who signed PETA’s enormous Christmas card urging the department store to end its sale of a product so cruel that its production is illegal under UK law.

“I’m dreaming of a kind Christmas – one where foie gras is nothing but a ghost of Fortnum & Mason’s past”, said Chantelle. “As the signatures on our Christmas card will show, British shoppers know that this cruel product has no place on British shelves.”

In foie gras production, young geese are crammed into pens barely larger than they are, and 2 kilograms of grain and fat are pumped through pipes into the birds’ stomachs each day. Investigations on foie gras farms have documented dead and dying birds, some with holes in their necks from pipe injuries.

Houghton joins a long list of public figures – including Sir Roger Moore, Bill Oddie, Dame Vera Lynn, Ricky Gervais, Owain Yeoman, Carley Stenson, Jenny Seagrove and Twiggy – in speaking out against Fortnum & Mason’s continued sale of foie gras.


  • John Alexander Gibson commented on December 23, 2011 at 12:08 am

    Until Fortnum & Mason stop selling this cruel product both celebrities and the public alike will continue to show their anger and it doesn’t matter how long it takes, we will get Fortnum & Mason to stop the sale of foie gras. We are not going to give up on this issue because the geese need our help and we won’t abandon them. Until large corporations adopt a more ethical attitude they should expect more demonstrations. All species should be protected from pain and suffering, no matter how much people rationalise the use of animals in food production it is never right to murder animals and torture them. When you think of the thousands of geese that have payed with their lives, if this was happening to human beings we would call it genocide. Animal genocide takes place everyday that’s the reality!

    • Wowzers commented on August 10, 2013 at 7:01 pm

      Earth to peta: No matter how cruel foie gras is, faux foie gras is twice as cruel!

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