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  • 13 February 2014, 16:01

Roger Moore Asks Shoppers To Boycott Foie Gras

Sir Roger Moore has urged shoppers in Dubai not to buy foie gras from a new Fortnum & Mason store, describing it as "torture in a tin".

The former James Bond star said: "I do hope the good people of Dubai will not be taken in by Fortnum & Mason's scurrilous claim that "Englishness" characterises its products.

"In fact, Fortnum & Mason is widely condemned and boycotted in Britain as one of the last department stores that still sells foie gras - a product so cruel that it is illegal to produce both there and in more than a dozen other countries."

The actor has joined forces with the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) after it released footage showing the force-feeding of geese on French farms that supply the shop's foie gras distributors.

"The store shamefully circumvents British animal-welfare law by paying workers in France to force-feed terrified geese via metal pipes until their livers become distended and diseased," Sir Roger added.

He invited "compassionate Dubai shoppers" not to buy the product, which he said has also been boycotted by English institutions such as the Houses of Parliament, Wimbledon and Lord's Cricket Ground.

The product is made by force-feeding geese and ducks with grain before slaughtering them for their swollen livers.

Many prominent British figures, including Dame Vera Lynn, Twiggy, Ricky Gervais, Joanna Lumley and Kate Winslet, all support Peta's campaign against foie gras.

"We urge all compassionate people to shop elsewhere until Fortnum & Mason stops profiting from the torture of animals," said PETA's Associate Director Mimi Bekhechi.

But Fortnum & Mason say people should have the freedom to choose whether to buy the product or not.

"Foie gras is sold in shops throughout the UK, and is used in many top restaurants.  

"We do understand that it is not to some people's taste, and we respect their right to make their feelings known.  However, foie gras has been on sale at Fortnum's down the centuries, and a sizeable number of our customers enjoy it."

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