PETA Joins With Peers to Rid Parliament of ‘Torture in a Tin’

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Christmas has come early for ducks and geese, with the news that the House of Lords’ restaurants will go foie gras–free in 2013!


PETA’s appeal to rid the restaurants of this “torture in a tin” was backed by compassionate Peers, following a recent outcry over reports that the Barry Room restaurant was serving the cruelly produced foodstuff, made by force-feeding birds until their livers swell to up to 10 times their normal size.

In the appeal to the House of Lords Head of Catering and Retail, PETA pointed out that it is indefensible for the House of Lords to be serving a dish so vile that it is illegal to produce in the UK. Lord Kennedy of Southwark immediately backed PETA’s campaign by putting a question to the Chair of Committees asking for foie gras to be taken off the menu, while Baroness Young of Hornsey responded by saying, “Just as we do not tolerate cruelty to dogs or cats, so we should reject inflicting pain and suffering on birds”.

In order to produce foie gras, ducks and geese are force-fed several times a day – via a pipe that is rammed down their throats. The pipes sometimes puncture the birds’ throats, and many animals suffer from ruptured internal organs, fungal and bacterial infections and liver failure. The scientific consensus is absolutely clear – there is no humane way to produce foie gras, which is why its production is prohibited in Britain under The Welfare of Farmed Animals (England) Regulations 2007.

PETA’s call was supported by Lord Alton of Liverpool, Lord Harries of Pentregarth, Lord Kennedy of Southwark, Lord King of West Bromwich, Lord Knight of Weymouth, Baroness Smith of Basildon, the Earl of Listowel, The Baroness Scott of Needham Market and Lord Young of Norwood Green.

Opinion polls have shown that two-thirds of the British public support a complete ban on the sale of foie gras in the UK, and countless high-profile British venues – including The Royal Shakespeare Company, Wimbledon, Lord’s Cricket Ground and Harvey Nichols – have banned foie gras from their menus after hearing from PETA. His Royal Highness Prince Charles also refuses to allow foie gras to be served at any of his residences.

You can help! Watch PETA’s foie gras exposé and refuse to shop or dine at establishments that serve the cruelly made product.



  • Brien Comerford commented on December 21, 2012 at 1:15 am

    The House of Lords should only have heavenly and cruelty-free vegan and vegetarian cuisine.

  • Alison Gilbert commented on December 21, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    I just wanted to say thank you to the House Of Lords for taking a stance against foie gras. It’s vile, absolutely vile & I wonder how on earth it was discovered, what went through someones mind to come up with this :(

    Thank you and Merry Christmas ans a Happy New Year

    Alison Gilbert

  • nicola thomson commented on December 21, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    a bit late for a lot of duckz and geese tho!!!!!! and y 2013?? y not now?? good tho that sommit wil EVENTUALLI b done!!!!!!

  • Gina Powell commented on December 21, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    I implore you to BAN the cruel, inhumane, and unnecessary practice to obtain Foie Gras.

  • charles young commented on December 27, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    The way duck and geese are fed to obtain foie gras is of course, cruel, but it is a beautiful dish and it should be looked at to find a way to produce it as prolifically for the benefit of farmers but to ensure no unjust cruelty is caused, whatsoever.

    Thank you

  • Pamela Kaczynski commented on December 31, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    There is still a restaurant here in Pittsburgh Pa. that still sells foie gras and voices for animals protests the restaurant often,. It is so cruel and inhumane procedure for these birds. I wholeheartedly agree that this torture should STOP. Shame on the people who profit from birds MISERY.

  • Hollie-J commented on January 3, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    Urghhh this is Sick! The vile people doing this need force feeding with pipes!

  • Miss Judy Cooper commented on January 9, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    Cant the house of lords help implement a ban of the sale of foie gras in this country? Do people who buy know what they are eating or how it is produced? We need to lobby the countries producing and get it stopped. Is Peta in France and can get pettions, government alerted to ban this sickening practise?

  • LINDA BADHAM commented on January 9, 2013 at 8:18 pm


  • MARIA SONIA ESTRADA SOLERO commented on January 9, 2013 at 11:34 pm


  • chander kumar soni commented on January 10, 2013 at 9:34 am

    please stop cruelty.

  • BROWN-JONES commented on January 11, 2013 at 12:16 pm


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  • GWENDOLINE TURLEY commented on October 1, 2014 at 10:19 am

    Absolutely bloody disgusting with all the food we have to eat do we really need to treat these poor birds so cruelly

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