Bond’s Nemesis Joins Forces to Fight Foie Gras

Posted by on February 10, 2011 | Permalink

Wielding a menacing-looking pipe like the kind used for force-feeding birds, renowned actor, writer and director Steven Berkoff – who co-stars in The Tourist alongside Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie – posed for photographs outside Fortnum & Mason today in order to show the public the cruelty inherent in foie gras production. Berkoff, who played villain General Orlov opposite Sir Roger Moore in the 1983 film Octopussy, joins his Bond nemesis Moore in efforts to persuade Fortnum & Mason to follow the lead of Harvey Nichols and Selfridges and end its sales of foie gras.

“The methods by which foie gras is produced are absolutely villainous, so it’s little wonder the vast majority of the British public want foie gras sales banned”, says Berkoff. “It’s time Fortnum & Mason joined other upmarket retailers and stopped selling a product that causes birds agonising pain and death.”

The action came on the eve of a meeting between PETA representatives and Fortnum & Mason management about the department store’s continued sale of foie gras.

UPDATE: 10 February, 2021:

Following our decade-long campaign, high-end department store Fortnum & Mason has made the decision to stop selling cruelly produced foie gras. Read more about the victory here and sign our petition to urge the government to uphold the UK’s animal welfare standards by banning the importation and sale of foie gras: