Pamela Anderson to Gordon Ramsay: Bin the Foie Gras
For Immediate Release:
8 October 2018
Jennifer White +44 (0) 20 7837 6327, ext 222; [email protected]
PAMELA ANDERSON TO GORDON RAMSAY: BIN THE FOIE GRAS
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London – In the lead-up to World Vegan Month, which takes place in November, animal rights icon Pamela Anderson is calling on TV chef Gordon Ramsay to remove foie gras from the menu of his flagship establishment, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, and replace it with vegan faux gras for the month.
“[F]oie gras is nothing more than a diseased liver produced in a real-life Hell’s Kitchen,” writes Anderson in a letter to Ramsay. “Given your exceptional talent, I have no doubt that you can create dishes to impress that don’t involve this cruelty.”
To produce foie gras, ducks and geese are force-fed several times a day until their livers become diseased and swell to up to 10 times their normal size. PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat or abuse in any other way” – has released exposés of foie gras farms that revealed sick, dying, and dead birds, some of whom had holes in their necks from being impaled by the feeding pipes. Foie gras production is so inhumane that it is illegal in the UK and more than a dozen other countries.
Notable chefs such as Alexis Gauthier of Gauthier Soho have created decadent faux gras recipes using 100 per cent vegan ingredients, including mushrooms and walnuts.
Anderson is part of a long list of celebrities – including Kate Winslet, Ricky Gervais, Dame Vera Lynn, Anna Chancellor, Ralph Fiennes, and the late Sir Roger Moore – who have supported PETA’s anti–foie gras campaign.