Happy Birthday to Me – Now Please Help Me Get My Name Back!

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A few months ago, I changed my name to the catchy StopFortnumAndMasonFoieGrasCruelty.com in protest of department store Fortnum & Mason‘s sales of the hideously cruel food product foie gras. During that time, PETA has had many successes for ducks and geese, including persuading Lord’s Cricket Ground and the National Trust to ditch foie gras. However, I am greatly saddened that Fortnum & Mason continue to fund the force-feeding and killing of these vulnerable birds. So for my birthday, I am asking for your help in getting my old name back!

Firstly, I would like to share a couple of tales from my experiences with my unusual name. The first incident went something like this:

Council member: “Hello. Who am I speaking to?”
Me: “Hello. I’m StopFortnumAndMasonFoieGrasCruelty.com.”
Council member: “No, I mean your real name.”
Me: “Yes, that is my real name.”
Council member: “Is this a joke?”
Me: “No, I’m serious.”
Council member: “Right, let’s just move on.”

I had another amusing incident when asked for ID, which led to all the staff coming over to have a look at my licence and ask, “Is that really your name?!” Nicknames were a bit of a sticking point initially, ranging from “Stop” or “Stoppy” to “.com”, not to mention the well used “Abi—um, I mean SFMFGC.com”! I have to say that I have received overwhelming support for my decision to change my name, and this can only mean good news for birds as people are encouraged to take action. My concern this year is how exactly to fit “StopFortnumAndMasonFoieGrasCruelty.com” into the “Happy Birthday” song! Please help me avoid this problem next year by taking action today to help keep birds from having to die in the foie gras industry.

Please let Fortnum & Mason know how you feel about their support of the barbaric foie gras industry and encourage family and friends to do the same.



  • Esther baird commented on March 30, 2012 at 8:48 am

    This needs to stop now.
    I don’t even understand how this cruelty is still going on in the century!
    It’s ridiculous.

  • Lianne Bailey commented on March 30, 2012 at 9:08 am

    Please stop selling this barbaric product!! People should totally boycott your shop until you develop some ethics!!

  • Sarah Morrison commented on March 30, 2012 at 9:18 am

    I think force feeding geese to make them fat just so you can make money from ignorant people who want extra crispy roast potatoes is shameful. I certainly would hate to be force fed and be miserable my whole short life only to be killed for my fat. I’d hate not being able to feel the wind in my face and have the freedom to engage in natural behaviours. Would you like this life? Greed is taking over the world and the innocent are suffering in the process.

  • Olly commented on March 30, 2012 at 9:49 am

    I agree that people should boycott the shop until they can realise that foie gras is beyond outrageous and has no place at all in our society. How they’re still allowed to sell it is beyond me, but we have a moral obligation to stop them.

  • Tek Cabrera commented on March 30, 2012 at 9:53 am

    This needs to stop NOW. The people torturing these animals need to have the same thing done to them,then perhaps they would see how wrong it is.

  • Ray White commented on April 12, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    Im surprised that Fortnum & Mason/Wittington Investments Ltd. has such a lack of conscienceness a lack of morals and a lack of humanity.
    As a company who is recognised internationally for its high quality goods and as an iconic British symbol I feel its companies like you who should “lead by example” and help stop this barbaric and unnecessary industry.

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