Anti-Foie Gras Policy Confirmed At Leinster House
For Immediate Release:
22 January 2015
Hannah Levitt +44 (0) 20 7837 6327, ext 235; [email protected]
ANTI–FOIE GRAS POLICY CONFIRMED AT LEINSTER HOUSE
PETA Praises Irish Institution for Keeping Cruelly Produced Item Off Menu
Dublin – Leinster House has joined a growing list of notable institutions around the world that refuse to serve foie gras – a dish that is produced by force-feeding and deliberately sickening ducks and geese. It confirmed the news to PETA and follows in the compassionate footsteps of the UK’s House of Commons and House of Lords, both of which maintain firm policies against serving foie gras.
“Leinster House’s kind policy is perfectly in step with the rising tide of consumers who refuse to shop or eat anywhere that foie gras is served”, says PETA Director Mimi Bekhechi. “PETA is calling on all businesses still profiting from the cruel abuse of birds to get with the times, as Leinster House – and hundreds of high-end restaurants and institutions – already have.”
In foie gras production, ducks and geese are force-fed several times a day for weeks until their livers become diseased and swell to up to 10 times their normal size, a process so inhumane that it would be illegal in Ireland.
In addition to the Houses of the Oireachtas and British Parliament, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, the Brit Awards, Wimbledon, Lord’s Cricket Ground, the Royal Shakespeare Company and Compass Group, one of Ireland’s largest catering companies, have all pledged not to serve or sell foie gras.
For more information, please visit PETA.org.uk.