Join us on Thursday 2nd October at 6.30pm outside ALEA Casino, 108 Upper Parliament St, Nottingham NG1 6LF. Marco Pierre White, the restaurant inside this casino has begun serving Foie Gras again. As this is the first demo, it could really use numbers, so please try and get to this, if you can. Ref: August 2014 Menu (pdf file). '>
Thursday 2nd October 2014
Nottingham Foie Gras Campaign
2nd October 2014
This campaign targets one of the most universally condemned forms of factory farming, so put your money where your mouth is and make a stand. Demonstrations will continue to educate the public as to the true cost of this cruel cuisine.|
Further demos outside Alea's casino have now been cancelled in light of a press release from the managing director. Apparently receiving 350 1-star reviews on your facebook page causes a business to suddenly find some morals...
Statement from Mark Hands, Venue Director
"We are a responsible and ethical company with a strong social conscience. We are proud of these credentials and the way we operate in the local community. For example, Alea Nottingham is one of the few carbon free businesses in the community and has raised over £40,000 for local community projects in 2014."
"Despite foie gras proving popular with our customers since our new menu was introduced five weeks ago, we also understand and respect those who have strong views about animal welfare. As such, we have made the decision to remove foie gras from our menu."
Our new menus will be received this Friday."
Well done to all for voicing their polite dissent. Next NAR meeting next Thursday at Sumac Centre from 8pm.
Join us on Thursday 2nd October at 6.30pm outside ALEA Casino, 108 Upper Parliament St, Nottingham NG1 6LF. Marco Pierre White, the restaurant inside this casino has begun serving Foie Gras again. As this is the first demo, it could really use numbers, so please try and get to this, if you can. Ref: August 2014 Menu (pdf file).
Find Nottingham Animal Rights and similar groups in Veggies Directory
Please lobby the City Council to take a stand against this cruelty and implement a policy opposed to foie gras, similar to that in York and Norwich.
Everyone is asked to contact their own city councillor to test their opinions on foie gras. Find your local Councillors here. See also Viva info on contacting councillors.
Foie gras, faux pas or faux gras? http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/foie-gras-faux-pas-or-faux-gras-1948839.html
Foie gras or "fatty liver" is a continental food the production of which is effectively banned in the UK due to the extent of cruelty involved. Unfortunately it is still legal to sell imports, and a small number of unscrupulous restaurants continue to do so.
Other groups around the country have managed to rid their towns of this shame and Nottingham could follow but only if we have real support.
For more information on Foie Gras, see Viva! Foie-gras Campaigns
'Delicacy' that causes so much suffering. Read Viva! comment in Nottingham Post December 20, 2012
Join our email News Group for details of other demos held at short notice.
Possible Foie Gras traders
The status of sometime foie gras traders may change. Contact them to praise them if they no longer sell foie gras, or to lobby for compassion (and let us know) if they still do sell it.
In particular, please politely contact:
29-31 High Pavement, Lace Market, Nottingham, NG1 1HE
0115 958 9898
Park Plaza Hotel, 41 Maid Marion Way, Nottingham, NG1 3GD
0115 947 7444
(Foie gras in Chino Latino food review, Nottingham Post, November 16, 2012)
Standard Ct, Park Row,
Nottingham, NG1 6GN
0115 911 0666
The Living Room
The Lace Market
7 High Pavement, Nottingham, NG1 1HF
0870 442 2716
Restaurant Sat Bains with rooms
Trentside, Nottingham, NG7 2SA
0115 986 6566
World Service Restaurant
Nottingham, NG1 6AF
0115 847 5587
Vegan NottinghamA Vegan (and Vegetarian) Guide to Nottingham is an invaluable guide for both residents of and visitors, available at http://www.vegan-nottingham.co.uk/
Note that pledges are sometime made to be broken. The following reported status of sometime foie gras traders may change. Contact them to praise them if then no longer sell foie gras, or to lobby for compassion if they still do sell it.
French LivingFollowing March 2010 picket French Living have pledged to discontinue the sale of Foie Gras.
Indymedia Reports: 14th Feb'08 & 11th Feb'08
Delilah take Foie Gras off their shelves......for now.Nottm AR Report - 4th January 2008
Delilah is a food and wine merchant situated on Nottingham's Middle Pavement. Please let them now that you have heard about, and commend, their decision to end the sale of foie gras.
Visit them either in person at 15 Middle Pavement or follow the 'talk to us' link on their website at http://www.delilahfinefoods.co.uk/aboutus.htm
Foie Gras Not Fair to the GooseIndymedia - 3rd October 2007
To highlight the ongoing Nottingham campaign against the sale of foie gras, the diseased liver of a grossly force fed goose or duck, and in support to the imminent vote against foie gras in York, supporters of Nottingham Animal Rights held a protest on the opening night of Nottingham's Goose Fair.
It was too good an opportunity to miss - a four meter high goose on one of the busiest road junctions in Nottingham, at the beginning of Nottingham's biggest annual event, the Goose Fair. It was just sitting there begging to give it's support to free it's brothers (for once it is the males that suffer) from the barbarous trade in foie gras.
Although the practice is to cruel to be legally practiced in the UK, ducks and geese on the continent are force fed through pipes to fatten their livers for this supposed 'delicacy'. This can damage their throats and can cause bloating, ulcers and disease.
The protest was held to highlight the campaign by Nottingham Animal Rights to remove foie gras from the small number of unscrupulous restaurants that continue selling it in Nottingham (see below) and in support of colleagues in York who, the next day, would be holding an demonstration in support of vote for a proposed York-city-wide council ban on the product.
Foie gras campaigners claim victory in NottinghamNottingham Evening Post, August 23, 2008
ANTI foie gras campaigners are claiming a victory after a number of city restaurants agreed to remove the delicacy from their restaurants.
The protesters from Nottingham Animal Rights are known to stand outside restaurants which serve foie gras, holding banners and shouting at customers.
Restaurant owners have called police in the past, but no charges have been brought.
New city restaurant Vienna has removed foie gras from the menu and Chino Latino has pledged not to serve it. World Service and French Living do not serve foie gras.
MORE FOIE GRAS PROTESTS IN CITYEvening Post - 29 August 2007
Animal welfare protestors will continue their campaign to have foie gras removed from the city's menus on Friday.
They will be holding banners and handing out leaflets in front of the World Service restaurant from 7pm before moving on to Merchants, in the Lace Market. In the past fortnight they have held protests outside French Living and Restaurant Sat Bains.
They claim that ducks and geese are force fed through pipes to fatten their livers.
Supporters of foie gras say it is a traditional dish with its origins in ancient Egypt.
FOIE GRAS PROTEST AT CITY RESTAURANT
Evening Post - 27 August 2007
Animal welfare protesters held a demonstration outside Nottingham's only Michelin-starred restaurant calling for foie gras to be taken off the menu.
Ten people with placards stood outside Sat Bains restaurant, in Lenton Lane, on Friday evening with placards claiming ducks and geese are harmed as their livers are fattened for the food.
It was the latest in a series of protests the group are staging outside Nottingham restaurants.
Restaurant owner Sat Bains said: "It's fine if they want to protest.
"People have serious concerns for the welfare of animals but, although there might be some unscrupulous producers out there trying to maximise profits, there are others who do not cause the animals any discomfort."
Typically in the production of foie gras - a delicacy that first became popular during Roman times - ducks or geese are force-fed through a pipe to fatten their livers.
The protesters claim this damages their throats and can cause bloating, ulcers and disease.
Protester Jon Beresford said: "It's barbaric, and illegal to produce it in this country.
"But due to free trade rules it's not illegal to import it."
Details for next fortnightly meeting here - please print and distribute these fliers (pdf file).
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