Reading Time: 2 minutes Investigations of the foie gras industry have revealed horrific animal suffering (Photo: Animal Equality)
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Vegan protestors accompanied by a 3.5-meter tall duck will protest outside a central London restaurant this week urging it to ditch foie gras from the menu.

The protest, outside the Duck and Waffle in Bishopsgate, is part of a national day of action which will see people taking to the streets in 10 cities: London, Arundel, Bath, Cheltenham, Colchester, Dundee, Hull, Huntingdon, Peterborough, and Portsmouth.

The action has been coordinated by global animal protection agency Animal Equality, which has documented the extreme suffering of ducks and geese on dozens of foie gras farms in France and Spain.

‘Extreme suffering’

“Although it is illegal to produce foie gras in the UK due to the extreme suffering caused by force-feeding, we still cause a quarter of a million ducks and geese to endure this agony every year by importing nearly 200 tonnes of this cruel product,” Dr. Toni Shephard, Executive Director of Animal Equality UK, said in a statement sent to Plant Based News.

“As a nation of animal lovers, this cannot continue any longer. We are calling on Duck and Waffle to ban foie gras from its menu while we continue to pressure the Government for an import ban.”

Animal Equality adds that the campaign for a #FOIEGRASFREEGB is supported by cross-party MPs and celebrities including Evanna Lynch, Ricky Gervais, Rachel Riley, Susie Dent, Joanna Lumley and Peter Egan. With the UK leaving the EU, there is no legal barrier to enacting a ban. India is currently the only country in the world with such a law. Most recently, in January 2019 California’s ban on the sale and production of foie gras was upheld by the Supreme Court.

The protest will take place at the Duck and Waffle, Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, London, on April 6, 12:30-1:30pm.

You can find out more about Animal Equality’s campaign here

Maria Chiorando

Maria is a news and features writer for 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. She was previously the editor of Plant Based News for over 3 years.