Put Pressure on Fortnum & Mason by Calling Their ‘Boss’, Guy Weston

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Guy Weston is the chair of Wittington Investments, owner of Fortnum & Mason. He has the authority to end Fortnum & Mason’s support for foie gras cruelty today – he just needs enough people to tell him how objectionable foie gras is and that compassionate people across the world will not stop the pressure until Fortnum & Mason ends the sale of foie gras in its store and restaurants.

Please take just a few minutes to call Mr Weston. Ask to speak to him directly, although you will likely speak to his personal assistant, Carol Messenger, first.

You can contact Guy Weston via his Ms Messenger on +44 (0) 207 399 6532.

Some talking points to consider:

  • Geese are force-fed four times a day, during which huge amounts of food are pumped into their delicate stomachs. The feeding pipes often tear holes in the birds’ sensitive necks.
  • The force-feeding causes the birds’ livers to swell to several times their normal size.
    Sometimes, birds’ internal organs rupture, causing fatal internal bleeding.
  • Foie gras production is illegal in the UK – why is a company that blatantly trades on its British heritage paying overseas workers to abuse geese in ways that would be illegal here?
  • Fortnum & Mason should follow the compassionate lead of both Selfridges and Harvey Nichols, which have both removed foie gras from their food halls and menus.

By telephoning Wittington Investments, you’ll be sending a clear, immediate message that their involvement in this abuse of birds is unacceptable and has to end. We do hope we can depend on your support. The mere cost of a call is nothing compared to the cost of the lives of geese.

As well as telephoning, please take action and call on Fortnum & Mason to stop selling ‘torture in a tin.’



  • Emily O'Hara commented on May 24, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    Shame on your company for participating in the torture of fellow animals. I don’t need to go in to detail because, let’s face it, you know what you do is morally bankrupt. So I’m going to hurt you the only way you understand-by boycotting your shop and encouraging everyone I know and meet to do the same.

    • Celia Clarke commented on April 19, 2013 at 11:52 am

      I have spoken to someone in a very high management position at Fortnum & Mason, who suggested that people should write to their MPs about this (i.e. banning the selling of foie gras) as not enough pressure is being put on the Government to follow through with the fact that although it is illegal to produce foie gras in the UK it is not illegal to eat it. Foie Gras can be obtained at Harrods, for example, as well as hundreds of other outlets throughout the UK and online, so it is unfair to put all the onus on Fortnum & Mason.

  • Brien Comerford commented on May 25, 2012 at 3:34 am

    Right on Emily. There is a God that is so omnipotent humans are unable to comprehend our Creator’s luminosity. There will be negative karmic ramifications for animal abusers.

  • Jill Deane commented on May 31, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    To inflict imprisonment, pain and torture on any animal is indefensible and unforgiveable, but all the worse when the end product is considered a luxury purely to “tickle the tastebuds” of the rich,thoughtless and ignorant.

  • sue Mckie commented on May 31, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    I won’t go into details about the suffering poor geese endeavor to produce foie gras, you have the power to stop the sale of this ugly, cruel product in your store and by doing this making a huge stand and sending a message to the industry that it is an outdated, abusive industry which needs to be abolished.

  • Jean Gilliard commented on May 31, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    Ever heard the saying,

    WHAT GOES AROUND, COMES AROUND. You won’t be happy then will you !!

  • Brenda commented on May 31, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    I think, Mr. Weston, you should be forced to go to one of these hell holes where geese are kept, and be made to watch the whole procedure from start to finish, then just maybe… you might feel some sensitivity towards these endearing animals, and cease IMMEDIATELY selling foie gras in your shops. Human beings are totally disgusting, when it comes to animals.

    • tracy o'neill commented on July 12, 2013 at 11:09 pm

      I totally agree with you, Brenda! Humans are taking over this planet until there’s no other species left. Its shameful and disgusting what fellow humans do.

  • Valerie commented on May 31, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    I suggest you and your colleagues take up the above offer to see for yourselves the horrific suffering FORCED upon these sensitive birds. Can you really sleep at night without some pang of guilt. We do not need foie gras just for the disgusting people with more money than feelings to enjoy.

  • Julia Dixon commented on June 3, 2012 at 10:56 am

    Please help to stop this cruel, barbaric treatment of God’s creatures. They feel pain and fear just like us. Can you imagine how you would feel if you were imprisoned and force fed for your entire life? Thank you.

  • Dominika commented on June 8, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    haha, fuck them. I’ve already told everyone to boycott them, they’re finished :’)

  • Marian Craven commented on June 12, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    Is it possible Mr. Weston that in this sophisticated day, you are still selling foie gras? No wonder we are all going to Harvey Nicks.

  • Marian Craven commented on June 12, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    Is it possible Mr Weston that in this sophisticated day you are still selling foie gras?
    No wonder we are all shopping at Harvey Nics.

  • Trace Weate commented on June 14, 2012 at 11:48 am

    disgusting, vile, abhorrent…….. EVIL!! Roll reversal????!

  • ann morris commented on October 24, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    This is the cruel est form of animal abuse , all animals feel pain ,

  • ann morris commented on October 24, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    Cruel beyond belief.

  • nicola macdonald commented on December 14, 2012 at 10:24 am

    Shame on Fornum and Mason .Stop selling foie gras.If the British people are against foie gras sign here http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/42973

  • ana sanchez commented on April 19, 2013 at 12:24 pm


  • valda purvis commented on April 21, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    What kind of person would you be ? to eat something that is so cruel in it’s making -knowing an animal has suffered in agony to produce it and the ones who actually do this -regardless how hard it is to get a job if they are true to themselves-they wouldn’t work there-it is demeaning and in time they would be come -dehumanized and indifferent to the suffering animals-we have -choices in life and aiding and abetting these horrible abusers in their depravity to these poor geese -for greed -money brings you down to their level -bottom of the barrel.

  • S Reoch commented on April 25, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    Foie Gras is sad, unbelievably cruel, torturous ‘blood on their hands’ made.

    Please ban this!

  • Aart van Kruiselbergen commented on July 12, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    Don’t go near this store anymore. Can’t believe in this day and age when we should be aware of the suffering this dreadful product produces for animals that any civilized person would want anything to do with it. Shame, Shame, Shame Fortnum & Mason. You were once a great store. Alas no longer.

  • tracy o'neill commented on July 12, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    when will they wake up to the horrors of foie gras? why do F&M and Harrods sell it? Purely profit I guess, to please the people who have more money than sence! The Queen and the right Royal household shop at F&M don’t they so I guess her Maj tucks into a plate of this vile stuff> I wouldn’t be surprised> She’s the Patron of the RSPCA and look at their lack of ethics! The Government don’t give a hoot about animal welfare. They continue to allow barbaric tests on animals, they allow hunting to continue, despite it supposedly, being outlawed, they have shooting parties, they’re killing of our wildlife, stags, badgers, seagulls, squirrels…is there any animal left in the countryside. And now they’ve backed down on the decision to ban ALL wild animals from circuses, limiting it to big cats and elephants.Its shameful. We’re supposed to be in the 21st century for crying out loud! Give me one of those pipes used to force feed the geese and force it down Cameron’s throat and the nobheads at F&M and Harrods!! See if they like it!!

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