Success! Foie Gras Is Off the Menu at the UK’s Old Bridge Hotel

The production of foie gras – French for greasy liver — could only have been thought up by sadists.

It involves force-feeding restrained ducks and geese by putting a metal tube down their throat, pumping food directly into their stomach and causing their liver to swell up to 10 times its natural size. Locked in tiny cages or crowded sheds, the birds aren’t able to groom themselves, so they become coated with excrement. Many develop health problems, including damage to the esophagus and foot infections.

When UK resident SF learned that the Old Bridge Hotel in Huntingdon — about 60 miles north of London — was serving foie gras, she created a Care2 petition demanding that the owner of the hotel immediately remove this product of extreme cruelty from its menu. 

Describing the the “gavage,” as the force-feeding is called, SF wrote:

Every year in France, over 40 million ducks are forced into cages so small they can’t even stretch their wings.

The pain and suffering caused by foie gras production has no place in a civilised society.

Over 29,000 animal-lovers, disgusted by such deliberate cruelty, signed this Care2 petition demanding that the hotel owner remove foie gras from his menu.

“I could never eat this knowing what happens to the ducks. Its absolutely disgusting,” wrote Veronica M. 

Beryl B., also a U.K. resident wrote:

Foie gras is totally unacceptable and should be banned. Would those who enjoy eating this product enjoy a metal tube forced into their throats? I think not – so please remove this from your menu.

Success! 

This week the hotel’s owner confirmed that “foie gras is no longer on the menu.” 

A huge shout-out to SF and the Care2 members who signed this petition, along with all the other activists involved in this campaign.

France is the primary producer and consumer of this disgusting product, although force-feeding also happens on a few farms in the U.S. However, judges restored California’s landmark ban on foie gras in 2017, after a Care2 petition garnered nearly 130,000 signatures.

Force-feeding birds is illegal in the UK, but as SF pointed out, “free trade laws mean that every year we import tonnes of these diseased livers, marketed as an expensive delicacy.” 

Foie gras production is banned in Israel, Germany and several other European countries. In the UK and in Switzerland, a package of foie gras must carry a label informing customers that the ducks or geese were force-fed.

The European Union has the important goal of making the force-feeding of birds in all its member countries illegal by 2020.

Congratulations to SF and to all the activists who supported her, proving once again that Care2 petitions really do make a difference.

If you’re concerned about an issue, why not follow SF’s lead? Learn how to create your own petition following these guidelines and make your voice heard today!

 

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52 comments

Richard E Cooley
Richard E Cooley2 months ago

Thank you.

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Muriel Servaege
Muriel Servaege2 months ago

Well done. Europe should follow that example.

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Mely Lu
Mely Lu2 months ago

well done

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Clare O'Beara
Clare O'Beara2 months ago

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Clare O'Beara
Clare O'Beara2 months ago

not on the menu does not mean that a food is not available if patrons ask. I would rather it would not be served.

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Clare O'Beara
Clare O'Beara2 months ago

well done

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lennon h
lennon horton2 months ago

thanks for sharing

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Jessica C
Jessica C2 months ago

great!

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Chad A
Chad Anderson2 months ago

Nice.

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Christine Stewart
Christine Stewart2 months ago

good news. shame on anyone who wants to eat foie gras anyway!

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