“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 ad urges 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.
There’s Nothing Romantic About Torturing Birds
Foie gras production causes ducks and geese to die from ruptured organs or by choking on their own vomit. 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.
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 process 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 other royal residences.
Have a Heart – Don’t Eat Birds’ Livers
You can help put an end to this cruel and abusive industry: just stay away from foie gras. Never eat or buy it, and tell your friends not to, either. If you fancy a luxurious, indulgent, and cruelty-free treat for yourselves or your guests, opt for faux gras. Here’s how to make it:
Help Make the UK Foie Gras–Free
The production of foie gras is so horrendous that it’s illegal in the UK – yet our borders remain open to imports. This can be rectified with a sale and import ban, which the overwhelming majority of Brits – 79% – want to see.
Sign our petition urging the government to ban the sale and import of foie gras, and encourage any restaurants serving the vile substance to remove it from their menu using our sample letter: