Actor Ralph Fiennes, known for his chilling roles in both “Schindler’s List” and the “Harry Potter” series (‘he who shall not be named’), is stepping up to end the sale of foie gras in his native UK. This week, after viewing an undercover video by PETA, Fiennes penned a letter to the store’s managing director, Ewan Venters, to stop the sale of the cruelly produced meal.
In the letter, Fiennes implores Venters: “A product that causes so much suffering that’s illegal to produce in the UK should not be sold in an iconic British department store like Fortnum & Mason. As managing director, you have the power to end the company’s involvement in this cruelty.”
Foie gras is produced when geese are force-fed to encourage their livers to swell and distend. During this practice, abnormally large amounts of grain are forced into the animal’s stomachs. Feeding is done through metal pipes, and sometimes sticks, causing much pain and distress. The unusually large livers of the geese then press against their lungs, causing them to pant constantly.
Fiennes joins other animal-friendly celebs such as Sir Roger Moore, Chrissie Hynde, and Morrissey to ask Fortnum & Mason, the British department store favored by the Royal Family, to stop supporting this cruel industry. Those who wish to express their own opinion can contact the store via their website.
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