We’ll (Never) Meet Again Unless You Drop Foie Gras

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Beloved by British troops for her outdoor concerts during World War II, Dame Vera Lynn now has a whole new flock of fans after penning a letter to Beverley Aspinall, managing director of Fortnum & Mason, asking her to stop the sale of the vile food product foie gras in the store. In the letter, Dame Vera – who has long expressed her affinity for birds in lyrics such as those in the songs “(There’ll Be Bluebirds Over) The White Cliffs of Dover” and “A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square” – explains that foie gras production is so cruel that it’s banned in the UK.

“Britain has many things it can be proud of, and I consider our respect for the welfare of animals to be of them”, writes Dame Vera in the letter. She goes on, “For a department store with such a proud British heritage, it made me sad that you would wish to tarnish it by associating yourself with the force-feeding of animals”.

To produce foie gras, ducks and geese are force-fed by having metal pipes rammed down their throats several times per day, and large quantities of grain and fat are pumped into their stomachs. This cruel practice causes the birds’ livers to become diseased and swell to many times their normal size. The pipes often puncture the birds’ throats, causing many animals to bleed to death. The birds live in a constant state of terror as they await the next assault. Despite the fact that PETA has provided Fortnum & Mason with a wealth of scientific and expert evidence to show how cruel foie gras production is, the company continues to sell the product.

Dame Vera Lynn joins a long list of prominent figures – including Sir Roger Moore, Ricky Gervais, the Duchess of Hamilton, Twiggy, Jenny Seagrove, Carley Stenson, Bill Oddie, Peter Egan and Owain Yeoman – who have appealed to Fortnum & Mason to pull foie gras from its shelves. Join them today and take action!


  • Vicky commented on December 2, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    Thank you so much Dame Vera!!!

    Some people seem to think of this extreme cruelty as justifiable to make a luxury product or think of it as a tradition in some places, but I believe that this attitude can be changed by thinking about how a fellow creature can suffer. I hope that people in the Countries that still like this product will also be moved to make a change for the better


  • Beckky commented on December 5, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    Fois gras is one of the most disgusting things I’ve ever heard of and I really hope she succeeds!

  • Jana commented on December 12, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    Hope she succeeds!!!…
    I wonder WHEN we will actuall start behavin like “human” beings..There is nothing human about us..poeple:(((((((…

  • John Alexander Gibson commented on December 15, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    I stand by Dame Vera Lynn and anyone who fights for the rights of geese and ducks. Foie gras should be a thing of past it should not be allowed to go on, we have to do whatever we can to stop this cruelty.

  • Kayleigh Cottle commented on December 19, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    This type of cruelty disgusts me , behind Dame Vera Lynn all the way.

  • Anna Burman commented on December 24, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    Thank you vera for getting behind this cause, the geese and ducks need all the help they can get to get this cruelty to them ended. Lets hope 2012 will be the year the production of this product finishes.

  • Helen Thomson commented on January 13, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    It isn’t just Fortnum & Mason! They sell this horrific product in Waitrose as well. This is part of the John Lewis Group! THEY need to be informed that this will not be tolerated by boycotting them. All of their ads imply that they’re caring and sell Fair Trade products and free range eggs. But that is all a drop in the ocean if they advocate and sell this product that is produced by causing such pain and suffering!

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