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Oscar-winner Mark Rylance – who is often considered the world’s greatest actor – has blasted the foie gras industry in a new video.

Sir Mark – who is currently believed to be vegetarian and has previously said he wants to work towards being vegan – partnered vegan charity PETA to make the short campaign film.

‘Sinister double-meaning’

The video features the voice of Sir Mark as he talks about the festive season overlaying imagery from the foie gras industry, provided by Belgian animal protection group GAIA.

PETA says: “His words take on a sinister double meaning when they’re juxtaposed over video footage.”

It says the videos highlights ‘the horrors of the foie gras industry, in which ducks and geese are force-fed massive amounts of food, causing their livers to swell to up to 10 times their natural size’.

‘So much fun at Christmas’

“We have so much fun at Christmas. We always eat well, and we eat a lot. Sometimes, even a little bit too much,” Sir Mark says in the video, over footage of animals being force-fed.

“Just one more bite. Oh, come on – it’s Christmas. Afterwards, we can take a little nap to let our food digest, and then eat some more delicious food. Oh, those warm and cozy moments. It brings tears to our eyes.”

Foie gras production is illegal in the UK as it is deemed inhumane.

Maria Chiorando

Maria is the editor of Plant Based News. As a former magazine editor, newspaper reporter, and features writer, her work has been published by The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and various regional newspapers, as well as Vegan Life magazine and Vegan Trade Journal. She has interviewed a huge range of people, from Prime Ministers to authors, activists, pop stars and actors, and enjoys the varied range of topics writing for PBN allows her to tackle.