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Email Gordon Ramsey for promoting and selling foie gras

October 25, 2012
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BACKGROUND | SOURCE FRANCE 24

A group of European lawmakers, including a member from France’s Green Party, have joined animal rights campaigners in a bid to ban the production and sale of the French delicacy foie gras across the European Union.

Foie gras, a popular national dish in France, is made by force-feeding grain to ducks or geese to produce a fatty enlarged liver.

Animal Equality, a pressure group part of an international campaign to “raise awareness on the torture of thousands of ducks and geese on foie gras farms in five EU countries,” welcomed the move by eight prominent MEPs that included the Green Party’s Yves Cochet.

“We want to help European consumers to open their eyes and ask the European Commission (for) a law to ban not only the production, but also the import and sale of foie gras,” said Italian MEP Andrea Zanoni.

The MEPs’ call for a ban followed a bid by French producers, backed by the country’s junior minister for the food industry Guillaume Garot, to defend the gourmet food at the European parliament.

Important industry in France

With some 35,000 people involved in foie gras production, the demand for a ban is unlikely to go down well in France.

French authorities were not amused when California set a precedent by becoming the first state to forbid the consumption of foie gras in July this year.

“Foie gras is an important part of the French gastronomic heritage and it has been recognised as such by UNESCO. There is no reason France should accept this state of affairs,” a French diplomat told Reuters at the time.

Currently, farming of animals to produce foie gras is banned in 22 EU nations – excluding Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Hungary and Spain – but not the import or sale of what campaigners dub as “torture in a tin”.


PETITION

Please click HERE


WHOM TO CONTACT

privatedining@gordonramsay.com ; royalhospitalroad@gordonramsay.com ; savoygrill@gordonramsay.com


SAMPLE LETTER

To Whom It Concerns,

I note that you are selling foie gras on your menu, and I urge you to please stop.

Foie gras is produced by intense, prolonged suffering. Ducks and geese are force-fed huge amounts of a stodgy, nutrient-deprived pulp through a hard pipe, which is shoved down their throats 3 or 4 times per day for up to 28 days. During this period, their livers increase in size by 10-12 times normal. The birds are intentionally-diseased: it is not possible to produce cruelty-free foie gras, as any attempt to enlarge the liver will result in pain and stress.

Migratory geese never gorge themselves until the point of death prior to migration. Such extreme behaviour would be physically incapacitating and would be contrary to their survival. The livers of wild ducks and geese may expand up to twice their normal size prior to migration but not a ten-fold expansion as found in forced-feeding production.

According to documentation by veterinarians, the animals must experience unspeakable pain and suffering. Birds have literally exploded from these forced feedings. The results of necropsies on dead birds who have been force-fed reveal ruptured livers, throat damage, and esophageal trauma. The birds are purposely given a liver disease known as hepatic lipidosis that often cripples and poisons them. In addition to being a diseased product, foie gras may induce disease: a 2007 study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that protein fibers from foie gras enhanced the onset of secondary amyloidosis, a disease fatal to humans. This is because the birds are subjected to a huge amount of stress, which produces hormones that no amount of cooking can remove from their meat.

Eight members of European Parliament have asked the EU Parliament for the TOTAL ban of the importation AND sale of Foie Gras into the EU countries, as California now has accomplished, thankfully.  This is to stop the five countries where, like the UK, the production is banned but the country is still allowed to sell it because of weak free-trade laws.  This, in turn, allows you and others to to include it on your menu and profit from such.  Please refer to the following link:

http://www.france24.com/en/20121018-france-european-mp-call-foie-gras-ban-european-union-delicacy-geese-animal-rights

There are many people and subsequent petitions supporting this.  Please see the below petition, and please read some of the comments.  There are 54,000 people who have already agreed to this, and the petition author will be taking the results to the UK Parliament once 100,000 signatures is reached.  It has already been to European Parliament and Commission and is supported by many MP’s and MEPS.

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/10/we-the-undersigned/

Many restaurants are now dropping foie gras, the Marco Pierre White chain for one.

While the ban-of-sale into the EU is being challenged by MEPS, you can still continue to serve and promote it; however, it will be a very unpopular move by you: we know how much public opinion means to you.

Please consider how cruel and unhealthy this item is, and please stop selling it.  Thank you for your consideration and potential compassion, and please listen to public opinion before profit.

Regards,


OTHER ACTIONS

Please click HERE for additional contacts and sample letters to send


i am a goose, and i suffer so,
that tube in my throat
does not want to go.
i am choking and in
so much sorrow,
please please
will you leave me
alone, tomorrow

foie gross,
you want a dose???

Karen Lyons Kalmenson


7 Comments leave one →
  1. lindabadham permalink
    October 25, 2012 4:28 pm

    AS WE KNOW VERY WELL GORDON RAMSEY IS KNOWN FOR HIS SWEARING AS MUCH AS HIS COOKING. WELL NOW I CAN CALL HIM A “BASTARD” FOR USING FOIE GRAS WHICH HE SURELY KNOWS IS SO BLOODY CRUEL AND SICKENING !

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    • October 26, 2012 11:26 am

      I think there have been previous campaigns urging him to discontinue foie gras, as well as other animal products, so he definitely knows the abuse involved. Thanks, Linda.

      Like

  2. karenlyonskalmenson permalink
    October 25, 2012 4:50 pm

    i am a goose, and i suffer so,
    that tube in my throat
    does not want to go.
    i am choking and in
    so much sorrow,
    please please
    will you leave me
    alone, tomorrow

    foie gross,
    you want a dose???

    Like

  3. October 26, 2012 1:52 pm

    sent emails and signed petition i shred in several places thanks Stacey i used to like and respect Chef Gordon Ramsey but NOT any more! And great poem Karen

    Like

  4. Jezz permalink
    October 27, 2012 6:15 am

    Stop

    Like

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