ANIMAL CHARITY VIVA! has written to celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal to congratulate him on the ethical decision to remove foie-gras from all his menus – both in the UK and Australia. This comes after years of campaigning by Viva! to educate chefs and the public about the way foie-gras is produced.
Viva! supporters sent thousands of postcards and online messages to Mr Blumenthal reminding him that there is no such thing as ethical foie-gras – and anyone trying to produce it in the UK would be liable to find themselves prosecuted for animal cruelty. Viva! and its supporters also contacted British supermarket Waitrose, which – although it refuses to sell foie-gras on ethical grounds – was fronted by Mr Blumenthal. The success comes after the charity also persuaded online giant Amazon to dump foie-gras in 2013.
Viva! campaign manager, Justin Kerswell, says: “We are delighted that Heston has dumped foie-gras. It is an important ethical decision and other celebrity chefs should take note. We reminded him that there is no such thing as one bad apple in foie-gras production. It is an industry that is rotten to the core and the finished pâté is only possible with a cruelty so extreme that it would be illegal in the UK. It is the product of torture, with mostly caged ducks and geese feed so much grain that their livers expand by up to ten times their natural size.
“Viva! are calling on all other chefs across Britain to follow Heston’s lead and for the public to do their bit by not consuming foie-gras and boycott places that persist in selling it.”
Viva! has also launched an online petition asking people to lend their support to a ban of foie-gras into Britain: www.viva.org.uk/what-we-do/foie-gras-free-britain/make-britain-foie-gras-free-sign-petition