High-end cruelty at UK luxury stores
In 2008 we achieved partial success when one of London’s leading luxury lifestyle stores – Fortnum & Mason in London’s Piccadilly – ended the sale of foie gras made from the livers of force-fed ducks. This came after Viva! staged a protest outside the luxury store.
The following year in 2009, upmarket shop, Harvey Nichols, also made the decision to go foie gras free after being contacted.
Viva! also persuaded supermarket chain Lidl and wholesalers Makro to remove foie gras from sale. In 2007, House of Fraser bowed to public pressure and permanently removed the product from sale.
However, despite knowing the cruelty that it causes, Fortnum & Mason continue to sell foie gras from force-fed geese. Just like ducks, geese are force-fed several times a day until their livers swell to ten times their natural size.
Upmarket store Harrods, too, continues to sell both duck and goose foie gras from tortured birds. How can this be allowed to happen in the 21st century?
Tell Fortnum & Mason and Harrods that this is not acceptable and demand that they stop selling foie gras immediately