Foie gras continues to spark outrage from all sides.
Michael Mansfield, known for defending some of the biggest cases in British legal history, has sprung to the defence of geese today by calling for Fortnum & Mason to rid its shelves of cruelly produced foie gras.
Writing in the Huffington Post, Mansfield states, “Like any lawyer, I can attest to the fact that legality is no guarantee of morality. In other words, just because you can do something, doesn’t mean that you should. Certainly, this principle holds true for Piccadilly grocer Fortnum & Mason, which … is one of the only British retailers still to sell cruelly produced foie gras, despite the public outcry against this vile product”. He goes on to argue that while “[t]he day is near when foie gras will be impossible to obtain in this country … stores such as Fortnum & Mason should simply remove it from their shelves – not because the law requires it but because it’s the right thing to do.”
Force-feeding of birds for foie gras production, which is already banned in the UK, is allowed in just five European countries – including France – which is why Fortnum & Mason shamefully pays French farmers to force-feed geese on its behalf.
During foie gras production, huge amounts of grain are pumped into the stomachs of ducks and geese through metal pipes, which are rammed down their throats several times a day. Their distended livers – which can swell to up to 10 times their normal size – press against their lungs, causing them to pant constantly. Veterinarians and avian experts agree – there is no humane way to produce foie gras.