Saturday 3rd October 2009
PETA Selfridges Foie Gras Demo
3rd October 2009
Come participate in a fun, one-of-a-kind demonstration on Saturday, 3 October, to urge Selfridges to stop selling foie gras. The demonstration will take place outside Selfridges at 400 Oxford Street at 11 am and last for 30 minutes. However, we will meet in a location close to (but not in front of) Selfridges at 9:45 am sharp to talk through the event.|
Our goal is to get 100 compassionate people out for this eye-catching demonstration. Each participant will be given a duck mask to represent the ducks and geese who are used to make the fois gras sold at Selfridges. Some people will also hold signs, while others will distribute leaflets.
The demonstration will involve chanting to urge Selfridges to drop foie gras to the tune of the "Birdie Song" and doing the kind of dance you see in this video. A person in a duck costume will lead the way.
It's important that you please RSVP to me by writing to RoseG@peta.org.uk with "Birdie" in the subject line of your e-mail. The meeting location, dress code, lyrics of the chant, instructions on the dance and other fun details will be sent (to people who RSVP) closer to the date of the demonstration.
To create foie gras – French for "fatty liver" – up to 2 kg of a mixture of grain, maize and fat is pumped into the stomachs of ducks and geese through a pipe two or three times a day. As the birds' livers become diseased and expand to up to 10 times their normal size, the animals become sick, and many are unable to move. The pipes sometimes puncture the birds' throats, which may cause them to bleed to death.
Foie gras production is banned in the UK and more than a dozen other countries. More than 60 per cent of Britons believe that foie gras sales should also be banned. Not one supermarket will sell foie gras in the UK. Foie gras has also been pulled from the shelves of House of Fraser, Prince Charles has banned it from Royal menus and the Pope has denounced it as cruel.
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