Have a Heart This Valentine’s Day – Don’t Eat Foie Gras, Urge New PETA Ads at St Pancras

London – “If you have a heart, you won’t eat my liver” is the message from a duckling whose picture is plastered across St Pancras International train station this Valentine’s Day. As travellers head off to Paris – the city of love – the PETA ads urge them to forgo foie gras: a product made by force-feeding ducks and geese several times a day until their livers become diseased and swell to around 10 times their natural size. PETA exposés have revealed that the long metal feeding pipes leave some birds so badly injured that they have holes in their necks and broken beaks.


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“There’s nothing romantic about foie gras production, which causes ducks and geese to die from ruptured organs or by choking on their own vomit,” says PETA Vice President Elisa Allen. “PETA urges travellers to help put an end to this cruel and abusive industry by never purchasing or eating foie gras.”

Ducks on foie gras farms are commonly lined up in rows of coffin-like iron cages that encase their bodies. The birds’ heads and necks protrude through small openings to make the force-feeding easier for the human workers. The birds can do little more than stand up, lie down, and turn their heads. They cannot turn around or spread a single wing.

Many UK restaurants and chefs refuse to serve the cruel foodstuff, and King Charles announced in December 2022 that foie gras will not be served at Buckingham Palace or any royal residences.

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” – opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org.uk or follow the group on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram.


Sascha Camilli +44 (0) 20 7923 6244; [email protected]