Boris and Carrie’s Wedding Gift From PETA Is … a Goose!

Boris and Carrie’s Wedding Gift From PETA Is … a Goose!

London – In honour of Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds’ surprise nuptials, PETA has given the happy couple a unique present: a rescued goose named Barrie (a mix of the names Boris and Carrie). The gorgeous goose was destined for slaughter but will instead live out his days in peace, in the company of other geese and ducks, at Hillside Animal Sanctuary in Norwich.

“Geese are loyal birds who are fiercely protective of their partners and offspring. So it seems fitting that the prime minister and Ms Symonds’ joyous occasion would coincide with the joy that Barrie the goose is experiencing thanks to his newfound freedom,” says PETA Director Elisa Allen. “We hope the gift will inspire Britons to spare other geese by refusing to eat their flesh – and by joining the campaign to ban foie gras in the UK.”

As documented by PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat or abuse in any other way” – to make foie gras, metal pipes are shoved down geese’s throats and huge amounts of grain and fat are pumped into their stomachs several times a day. The birds’ livers become diseased as they swell to up to 10 times their normal size, and the pipes often puncture the birds’ throats – frequently causing them to bleed to death. The process is so un-British that it’s illegal in the UK, yet foie gras is still allowed to be imported, sold, and served here. Johnson’s government has previously declared its intention to limit the trade in foie gras post-Brexit. To date, more than 33,000 PETA supporters have joined the call to demand a ban on this product often referred to as “torture in a tin”.

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