St. George's Day is celebrated across England to honor one of the country's patron saints. PETA U.K. supporters illustrated that there is nothing saintly about using ducks and geese for foie gras when they converged on department store Fortnum & Mason, bodypainted to resemble St. George's Cross. The lovely ladies—including former Playboy model Victoria Eisermann—told Fortnum & Mason, which prides itself on being patriotic, that foie gras is anything but. England banned the production of foie gras, but cruel, greedy companies like Fortnum & Mason still import it from France.
Foie gras is the diseased liver of ducks or geese, made by jamming steel pipes down the birds' throats and pumping them full of grain and fat several times a day until their livers become grossly enlarged. If they survive force-feeding, the birds are slaughtered, and their liver is sold as a "delicacy."
If a restaurant near you serves foie gras, please give its managers a "Foie Gras Cruelty" leaflet and ask them to consider a more humane menu option.
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Written by Michelle Sherrow