Morrissey: Be a Thorn in the Side of Fortnum & Mason

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On Morrissey’s birthday this Wednesday, he was the one giving a present – to geese, that is. The legendary rocker posted a stirring message on his website, slamming the torture of birds for the production of foie gras. When it comes to this cruel product, he won’t rest until he knows it’s over.

Morrissey The ex-Smiths singer, who is now as famous for his compassion for animals as he is for his thoughtful lyrics, congratulated Prince Charles for banishing foie gras from his functions but let rip at Fortnum & Mason for continuing to profit from a product that is made by violently force-feeding geese with metal pipes until their livers swell to up to 10 times their normal size. “Foie gras production is illegal in the UK, yet the ever-so-correct Fortnum and Mason have found suppliers in France who will keep their shelves stocked …”, he writes.

Morrissey is certainly not alone in abhorring foie gras. Sir Roger Moore, Chrissie Hynde, Pamela Anderson and Brigitte Bardot have all gotten on board with the campaign asking Fortnum & Mason to ditch the horrific substance.

Here’s the call to action he sent to his fans:

Morrissey's message

Thank you, Morrissey, for helping to spread the message about vile foie gras!

Join him in saying, “Viva Compassion!” Please keep reminding Fortnum & Mason on Twitter and Facebook that selling foie gras is unacceptable. And if you haven’t already, it takes just a few minutes to send a message to the company online – take action at this link: StopFortnumAndMasonFoieGrasCruelty.com.

Image: Charlie LLewellin / CC BY SA-2.0

Comments

  • julie blackwood commented on May 24, 2013 at 10:26 am

    VIVA COMPASSION !

  • Judy Sams commented on May 24, 2013 at 10:28 am

    So cruel.. well done morrissey.

  • Eloise Walduck commented on May 24, 2013 at 10:29 am

    Great and about time this was stopped it is absolutely disgusting

  • Kay commented on May 24, 2013 at 10:33 am

    It is vile and disgusting! It is time this was stopped.

  • sharon fidler commented on May 24, 2013 at 10:36 am

    Please stop using foie gras,it must taste of utter cruelty.please open your hearts and think of the birds that have such horrible vile lives .

  • June Firth commented on May 24, 2013 at 10:47 am

    brilliant when famous people join in a good cause, Foie ras is totally unecessary,

  • carole green commented on May 24, 2013 at 10:48 am

    i watched a video of this disgusting act,those poor creatures dont deserve that,it should be banned world wide,

  • Debz Jones commented on May 24, 2013 at 10:54 am

    Well done Morrissey!!!. Yep time this was STOPPED!!!, it’s absolutely horrendous!!!!, a truly VILE and EVIL practice!!!!.

  • Maggie Cranfield commented on May 24, 2013 at 10:54 am

    Stop the bloody madness!

  • Meg dickie commented on May 24, 2013 at 10:58 am

    PLEASE STOP THIS CRUELTY!!!!!!!

  • Sheila Fairhurst commented on May 24, 2013 at 11:14 am

    All this cruelty in the world makes me ashamed to be part of the Human Race!

  • Antonia Peacock commented on May 24, 2013 at 11:34 am

    This is a disgusting practice. How can people not care about these poor birds and the way they suffer. Shame on them.

  • christine newall commented on May 24, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    Don,t eat it, then the sale of this barbaric so called “food” will lead to the decline and finally the end of torture to these beautiful birds.

  • karan beal commented on May 24, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    When is this going to stop?Animals have feelings to,and they feel pain just the same as we do,but they can’t tell us.

  • Janet Yallop commented on May 24, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    This must stop. So cruel.

  • doreen stratton commented on May 24, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    well done the sooner we can stop this cruel nasty way of makeing money the sooner the better the poor geese have feeling to thay feel pain just like me and you LETS STOP THIS NOW.

  • Marlene Beck commented on May 24, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    LOVE YOU MORRISSEY……FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT

  • Sam AL-shaibany commented on May 24, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    THE LINK OF StopFortnumAndMasonFoieGrasCruelty.com. IS NOT WORKING PLEASE HELP ?

  • Nina commented on May 24, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    I pray this greed of yours costs you dearly Fotnum and Mason

  • Nina commented on May 24, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    I hope this greed of yours costs you dearly Fortnum & Mason!

  • Corinne chapman commented on May 24, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    Force feeding geese is a total disgrace !!!!!!! Please stop !

  • tula jones commented on May 24, 2013 at 11:23 pm

    Thank you Morrissey. You are a truly good and intelligent person. Hopefully one day this shop will finish pandering to rich thick toffs who are too stupid and unfeeling to know that this vile stuff not only is sickening to most decent people but is harming their own bodies as well.

  • Patricia Lynch commented on May 25, 2013 at 8:58 am

    Thank you Morrisey! Great job.

  • Anne Greenhalgh commented on May 26, 2013 at 12:40 am

    Anything that involves doing something unnatural to animals & birds for us to eat their produce is obscene & disgusting. All creatures that end up on our tables should have a natural and happy life!

  • carol bannerman commented on May 26, 2013 at 9:34 am

    Wholeheartedly support this.

  • Jacqueline Way commented on May 27, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    Food production must be humane. Suppliers and distributers etc., are equally responsible. Animals suffer pain and fear like humans. Thanks for your altruistic action to lead the cause. Millions are behind you! Jacqui.

  • Joan commented on May 27, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    Ban it ! All said .

  • Moira commented on May 31, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    Well done morrisey…..it’s a disgusting and cruel thing to do and it needs to be banned completely

  • Alison commented on June 10, 2013 at 10:30 am

    Thank you Morrissey for speaking out to help animals. I’ve written to the store to implore them to cease selling this abhorrent product. Unfortunately here in Spain it’s still very popular (like fur and bullfighting of course), so there’s much work to be done. And thank you PETA for initiating all these wonderful campaigns.

    • fiona commented on June 10, 2013 at 10:56 am

      bless you for caring… if you live in spain can you gather a group of about ten people who care about animals and form your own animal rights group and then campaign together( start with a little vegetarian/vegan food and a time of sharing.. this can be fun!) … before long ten can become twenty– but first of all YOU need people around you to support you in what you are doing or you will give up! Remember, one step at a time.. but make them REAL steps!! God bless you for caring… lets all have a small but sure action plan of what we can do to help, x x :)

  • Matt commented on June 10, 2013 at 10:43 am

    Well done Morrissey, what a decent chap, using his fame for good. Nice music too.

  • julia commented on June 10, 2013 at 10:46 am

    Stop it now- it must not continue! How long will it take before Foie Gra ends. The petitions, and campaigning go on and on, but never any positive outcomes!

  • rachel commented on June 10, 2013 at 10:48 am

    Your my hero Morrissey !! , thanks so much for using your fame for the benefit of all the beautiful creatures on the planet !

    This cruelty and suffering of animals must stop NOW!!! xx.

  • nic hale commented on June 10, 2013 at 10:49 am

    PLEASE stop this cruelty!

  • fiona commented on June 10, 2013 at 10:52 am

    This is wonderful! Foi gras is an evil practice. Please can you make a video available showing its cruelty and also you speaking against it so that we can forward it and nshare it with as many people nas possible ? If its already available, please give the link.. thankyou and thankyou for all you are doing aswell! God bless, Fiona x :)

  • Jonny Krause commented on June 10, 2013 at 10:59 am

    Such a hideously cruel thing to do to a bird – it is difficult to believe that anyone would think Foie Gras is a good thing to eat.

  • Jill Deane commented on June 10, 2013 at 11:00 am

    Cruelty at any level cannot be tolerated, this is cruelty at the highest level, enjoyed by people who class themselves at the highest level. Hopefully Princess Kate and Camilla will see the error of their ways !

  • fiona commented on June 10, 2013 at 11:03 am

    Hello Morissey again… I am so happy that you are standing against theis wickedness but Ive just been onto your site to send the letters and found that you havent made it very easy…is there anyway that you can have everything already done, including an email adress to click onto- so that people can then share this with others and then all they need to do is click and send and theat way you can get many more letters of complaint sent to them.. I’m not very computer savvy myself but Ive send hundreds of links on for people to sign and share if its easy for people to do… please can you consult someone and make this a little easier for joe public as it will be much more effective….. thankyou again for all youre doing… I believe through your efforts that this WILL end!! AMEN!! God bless you for this! x x :)

  • fiona commented on June 10, 2013 at 11:04 am

    ps- commentsw above include twitter- just clicking on it didnt work so can you make it fool proof for us eejits ?? !! :)

  • tony lane commented on June 10, 2013 at 11:10 am

    we have to start showing that we have some affinity with all life on this planet and not just sell to the elite at the expense of the many.

  • Janine commented on June 10, 2013 at 11:20 am

    This is what these campaigns need the famous showing their support.
    Well done Morrissey and also Prince Charles for banning the foie gras at anymore of his functions.
    This is hideous cruelty that is inflicted on the birds, I don’t know how those people can do it and sleep at night.
    Fortnum & Mason need to wake up and end the supply in the UK nobody wants this vile product.

  • BROWN-JONES commented on June 10, 2013 at 11:23 am

    SHAME ON YOU!

  • bob chandley commented on June 10, 2013 at 11:32 am

    Right on, tell them how we feel!No need for this

  • Antonio commented on June 10, 2013 at 11:38 am

    Dear Sirs

    I have read comments about animals that need to live a natural and happy life before landing on out tables and I am against them landing up on our tables unless they land there to greet us and not our stomachs but what you are doing now is inhumane and it makes me ashamed to belong to the human race.
    Spread love and love will follow you but greed will destroy us in the end.

  • Howard Malcolm commented on June 10, 2013 at 11:59 am

    Congratulations to Prince Charles but why does his daughter in law oppose his request and demand that Foie Gras is on her menu?

    Thanks Morrissey we must stamp this out.

    • Jackie commented on June 10, 2013 at 2:28 pm

      If Kate keeps quaffing Foie Gras it won’t do her reputation any good nor her looks for that matter! It’s fattening and disgusting! How can she eat it knowing that it is made by making animals suffer? The truth is she doesn’t care. How can you not care? Not very feminine is it? Can you imagine having that horrible meaty stuff on your breath? Better carry breath mints Kate. Beware, you are what you eat!

  • Nicola commented on June 10, 2013 at 11:59 am

    I just wish people would stop buying it. If no one brought it they would not sell it. I have never tried it but the taste cannot justify the pain and suffering surely? I live in Belgium and it is everywhere. I boycotted my company’s Christmas party when I saw it was on the menu.

  • Valentina commented on June 10, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    Well done

  • Rogerio Saad Vaz commented on June 10, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    As a Scientist, Professor (Biomedical Sciences) I do not understand why such living beings deserve such a CRUEL treatment(s)….Why??? Should we blame (only) french gastronomy?? COMPASSION = EVOLVED HUMAN BEINGS

  • malcolm commented on June 10, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    One of the vilest forms’ of torture..pure evil!!

  • Jackie commented on June 10, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    All that needless suffering! Who in their right mind would buy and eat Foie Gras?Anyone with self respect for themselves would not eat this, It really is just so bad for you, I think people who eat it are ugly and greedy! Driven by thier greedy bellys rather than thier consience and mind. Do people think it makes them posh? Well it doesn’t! People with real sense and money don’t buy Foie Gras and why would they? Do people want to live healthy, prosperous lives and spend thier money wisely or be fat, greedy and waste their money on something so unsustainable and pointless. Foie Gras is a waste of money. It is bad for you. Most importantly it causes birds to suffer.

  • Sharon commented on June 10, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    have been a vegetarian for 8 years now, much healthier and I don’t have any dead animal in my stomach to go to bed on. This disgusting inhumane torture must be stopped.
    Keep up the good work!

  • Beryl Furman commented on June 10, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    USE ALL YOUR MIGHT, MORRISEY!

  • Meg G. Nordstrom commented on June 10, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    I support PETA

  • Mary A Leon commented on June 10, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    THANK YOU for speaking out against Foie Gras!

    This torture of ducks and geese MUST STOP!

  • Paola Ballanti commented on June 10, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    No cruelty for animals

  • Muriel Servaege commented on June 10, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    The torture of ducks and geese must stop. What those poor birds have to endure is shameful.

  • chander kumar soni commented on June 10, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    thanks.

  • alicia montero commented on June 10, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    No more animal torture!!! Please!!!

  • DonnaB commented on June 10, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    Thank you Morrissey! Someone asked me what foie gras was. I said they take ducks or geese, horribly abuse them, especially an organ of their body, the liver. They then take that abused organ and eat it. She didn’t seem to think that was very appetizing.

  • Debz Jones commented on June 10, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    END THE TORTURE NOW!!!!!!!!

  • karen commented on June 10, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    Thank you Morrissey <3

  • Inez Heron commented on June 10, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    Nothing condones the infliction of pain on a helpless creature.

  • Tricia Tomlinson commented on June 10, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    I will be emailing them today with my disgust!

  • Elisabeth Bechmann commented on June 10, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    Thank you, Morrisey!

  • SANDRA BLANCHARD commented on June 10, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    I FULLY SUPPORT YOU , WE NEED TO STOP ALL KINDS OF CRUELTY TO EVERY ANIMAL ON OUR PLANET , THOSE IN CAPTIVITY, IN ZOOS AND CIRCUSES AND THE BEAUTIFUL WILD ANIMALS WHO ARE BEING KILLED FOR PROFIT AND GREED IN THE IVORY TRADE. LIKE THE ELEPHANT AND RHINOS.

  • Yap commented on June 10, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    I hope the campaign to stop Amazon selling this torture so called “food” gets much publicity as this one.

  • Beryl Maher commented on June 10, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    Spread the word to all your friends ask all not to buy it its the cruelest product born by mans greed. The agony these birds go through it to be ashamed of just for greedy pigs to eat it.

  • annamaria commented on June 10, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    please stop the torture!!!!do it for your kids…..

  • Lee webster commented on June 10, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    Well done everyone fighting for animal rights.

  • Karen Barry commented on June 11, 2013 at 12:30 am

    THIS MOST HEINOUS, SAVAGE, VICIOUS MURDER OF DUCKS AND GEESE, MUST STOP NOW.!!!! HOW DARE ANY SO CALLED HUMAN, DO THIS ?!!!! YOU BASTARDS THAT DO THIS INSANE, TORTURE TO THE GEESE AND DUCKS DESERVE TO DIE.!!!! AND THE FOOLS THAT EAT THE DUCKS LIVER, GOOD LUCK.!!! YOU DESERVE A DISEASED PIECE OF THIS SO CALLED DELICACY.!!!!

  • Kate Northway commented on June 11, 2013 at 1:23 am

    Well done Morrissey et al!. We will win this battle with high profile folk like you behind it.

  • Carole Fraser commented on June 11, 2013 at 5:03 am

    Horrific Cruelty stop this Barbaric acts now .

  • Carole Fraser commented on June 11, 2013 at 5:05 am

    Horrific cruelty on these birds stop this barbaric acts now.

  • Graham Lambden commented on June 11, 2013 at 7:37 am

    Trust France to still be carrying out this barbaric force feeding, they always have been a law unto themselves and unlike Britain have always disregarded EU laws whenever it suited them. They give the impression of a pityless unfeeling nation which the average Frenchy must surely find objectional. Yes I know Britain still practises many barbaric acts, but at least we are trying to stop them. I have little time for the French anyway.

  • jeanette king commented on June 11, 2013 at 9:03 am

    Man is the most cruel of all the species on this planet.
    It is not driven by need, but by GREED.
    Greed for money.

    This is yet another barbarity that we must stop.

  • Jo Peret commented on June 11, 2013 at 9:58 am

    Freaky and Mean, one day you will be disgraced. This is an evil practice for ignorant consumers.

  • Jo Peret commented on June 11, 2013 at 10:16 am

    I Googled F&M, their website has a section ‘contact us’, and an enquiry form to fill in. Quick and simple to make our views on this despicable trade heard! Also, commented on the horrific cruelty involved for duck down, and asked them to remove duck down products.

  • chris commented on June 11, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    I love Morrissey! Hopefully animals will some day receive protection from all human cruelty.

  • valda purvis commented on June 12, 2013 at 6:14 am

    What kind of -human? would enjoy eating a product that was obtained from an animal suffering in agony ?-one that has no compassion for -or love of animals.

  • Roy Baker commented on June 12, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    It is time that children were educated properly in schools, what kind of civilised society does not teach children to respect animals and the environment? Vegetarianism is the only way to go.

  • Marta Falco Ainley commented on June 12, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    its up to all of us to instil love and respect for all animals to our children , relatives and friends.
    I have friends and family who eat meat whilst I am vegan. It is difficult to deal with because one cannot tell them that they are uncaring or responsible for great cruelty but I try to do it quietly but many people , intelligent people too, are what I call Zombies. They appear to be alive but that is very questionable.

  • KAY SAMSON commented on June 12, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    THIS IS VILE BARBARIC CRUELTY AND ANYONE WHO BUYS FOIE GRAS NEEDS TO STOP AND THINK WHAT THEY ARE EATING, AND SHOW SOME COMPASSION TOWARDS ANIMALS.

  • Laura P. commented on June 13, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    WHY IS IT ALWAYS FOR MONEY? EVERYTHING THAT IS DONE TO ANIMALS IS EITHER FOR MONEY OR TROPHY—-IT IS SICKENING & MUST END!!!!!!!!!

    THESE ABUSERS WILL HAVE TO ANSWER TO GOD WHEN IT IS “THEIR” END!!!!!!

  • Inês Portela Nogueira commented on June 13, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    Parabéns ao Morissey, por todo o trabalho em prol dos animais!!!!
    Que a espiritualidade divina o proteja hoje e sempre…..
    De pessoas conscientes e evoluídas assim é que o planeta está precisando.
    UM grande exemplo…. Bravo pelo seu ativismo, coapião e todo respeito pela causa animal, e defesa da fauna, da educação humanitária e ambiental.
    Toda luz e paz ,,, pra vc Morissey.

  • Inês Portela Nogueira commented on June 13, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    Essa alimentação de crueldade dos seres sencientes da natureza não deve mais fazer parte de uma sociedade que se diga civilizada.

    Os franceses e quem ainda se alimentam dessa iguaria perversa do fígado inchados e torturados dos gansos , são selvagens , sem respeito a vida.

    Triste e vergonhoso os seres humanos ainda insistirem nessa alimentação criminosa sem ética, perversa. Onde está a civilização, o respeito pela vida????

    Temos tantas outras opções e podemos ter uma alimentação mais evoluída
    sem exploração e sofrimento de cadáveres dos animais-não humanos.

    Enquanto houver massacres e matança da fauna, a miséria e violência não sairá desse planeta.
    Triste e vergonhoso pra essa raça com vestes humanas , não respeitarem os seres sencientes da natureza…

    Chega de tanta violência e degradação da natureza…. È tempo de uma nova consciência planetária.

    Peço justiça, justiça divina!!!!! Que o mestre Jesus ,Oxalá a grande mãe Maria , todos os mestres, orixás… e avatares divinos…… ,façam valer as verdadeiras leis de respeito e amor a vida….

  • Jan Bowden commented on June 17, 2013 at 10:40 am

    Peta do a lot of good work, but have just heard that they euthanise animals
    extensively… perhaps this could be something that needs bringing attention to… after all they get enough of our money and that’s for the good of all animals!

    • Anne commented on June 18, 2013 at 9:53 am

      Hi Jan,
      PETA UK does not run any animal shelters and does not euthanise animals. But if you’d like to read more about PETA US’s work to address animal homelessness, please check out this page: http://www.petasaves.com. Thanks!

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