Ralph Fiennes Does Not Find Foie Gras Fine
BAFTA-winning actor Ralph Fiennes has written to Fortnum & Mason’s current managing director, Ewan Venters, appealing for him to remove foie gras from the shelves of the London department store.
Having seen the undercover video footage taken by PETA at part of Fortnum & Mason’s supply chain, the UNICEF UK ambassador made his views known to the store’s CEO in a heartfelt letter sent this week. After watching the graphic images, Fiennes implored Venters to take action personally: “A product that causes so much suffering that it’s illegal to produce in the UK should not be sold in an iconic British Department store …. [Y]ou have the power to end the company’s involvement in this cruelty”.
Fiennes joins a long roster of A-list celebrities and other public figures who have spoken out against this barbaric practice. During production, huge amounts of grain are pumped into the stomachs of geese through metal pipes, which are forced down their throats several times a day. Their distended livers – which can swell to up to 10 times their normal size – press against their lungs, causing them to pant constantly.
There is definitely no humane way to produce foie gras. Please join Fiennes in letting Venters know that you want him to take action and put an end to his company’s involvement in this shockingly cruel trade.