Belfast Telegraph

Friday 25 July 2014

BBC's foie gras use promotes animal cruelty

It is beyond shameful that the British Broadcasting Corporation is so out of touch that it has used the Great British Menu to promote French foie gras – a disgusting, cruelly produced blob of fatty liver that it is illegal to produce in Britain.

To make it, ducks and geese are confined to wire boxes barely larger than their bodies and force-fed a fatty gruel through pipes that are rammed down their throats until their livers swell up to 10 times their normal size.

Many birds suffer severe bruising to the oesophagus and the pipes often tear holes in the birds' sensitive necks. Sometimes birds' internal organs rupture.

The House of Lords, Bafta, Wimbledon, Virgin Airlines, and the Royal Shakespeare Company have banned it from their menus. The Prince of Wales refuses to let it be served in Royal residences and Pope Benedict decried it as an abomination. The BBC must ban this vile dish from its menus.

BEN WILLIAMSON

People for Ethical Treatment of Animals

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