Buckingham Palace confirmed in a letter to human rights defenders that it will not be served Foie gras in the royal residences, as reported by the BBC on Friday.
The King Charles III has long been opposed to this foodmade from duck or goose liver in a process that causes suffering to the animal.
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The king’s house wrote to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), a nonprofit organization with more than three million members that fights for animal rights, to notify them that the Foie gras it was not bought or served in royal residences.
Has been protests over force-feeding used to produce Foie gras.
In Europe there is a Gavage Ban Manifesto (gavage is a French term for force-feeding) supported by different organizations and citizens pro-animal rights and environmentalists who affirm that force-feeding animals is illegal in France and in the European Union, according to existing legislation:
According to a Directive of the Council of the European Union of July 20, 1998, “no animal shall receive food or drink in a manner (…) that causes unnecessary pain or injury”.
And another European recommendation on ducks used for the production of foie gras of June 22, 1999 established that “feeding methods and food additives that cause pain, injury or disease to ducks, or those that may cause the appearance of physical and psychological conditions detrimental to their health and well-being”.
Nevertheless, These laws leave a lot of room for interpretation..
King Charles, when he was Prince of Wales, he had been an advocate of higher animal welfare standards and for over a decade had stopped using the Foie gras on their own properties and had contributed to a broader ban on royal residences.
Now, as king, he has reaffirmed his opposition, and this luxury food will remain off the menu.
The letter received by PETA confirms the ban at all royal residences, including Balmoral, Sandringham, Windsor, Hillsborough, and Buckingham Palace.
Elisa Allen, vice president of the animal advocacy group, welcomed the decision, telling the BBC that others should “follow the example of the king and leave the Foie gras Off the menu this Christmas and after.”
“Video footage of painfully force-fed birds is enough to make anyone lose their appetite”he said, describing how the livers of animals are fattened to produce food.
The animal rights group has supported a “cruelty-free” alternative called fake grass and is sending part of it to the king, which he says is in recognition of his “compassionate politics”.
In the United Kingdom the production of Foie grasbut not its sale or import.
But it certainly won’t be on the menu next week when he hosts a state banquet at Buckingham Palace for South African President Cyril Ramaphosa.
The Peta group is also campaigning to the use of fake fur instead of ermine for the robes at the king’s coronation next May.