Reading Time: < 1 minute Rachel Riley and Susie Dent want a foie gras import ban (Photo: Animal Equality)
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Vegan Countdown star Rachel Riley is urging the UK government to implement a ban on importing foie gras.

She, along with co-star Susie Dent, has joined the #FoieGrasFreeGB launched by animal protection agency Animal Equality.

According to the organization, new figures reveal 79 percent of people in the UK support a foie gras import ban.


In addition, the online polling conducted by YouGov shows that 90 percent of people in the UK have not eaten foie gras in the last 12 months.

Almost a third – 29 percent – of respondents were still unaware of how foie gras is produced, and when respondents were informed or reminded about the process of producing foie gras, 37 percent said they would reduce or end their foie gras consumption.

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Riley and Dent have spoken out about foie gras letting people know about the force-feeding process behind the product, which causes the livers of ducks and geese to swell to 10 times the normal size in just a few weeks.

Riley said: “I’m a massive animal lover, so I think it’s brilliant that it’s illegal to produce foie gras in the UK. I think it’s not so brilliant that you can still import it – so I support Animal Equality’s petition to have a foie gras-free GB.”

Dent added: “If you eat foie gras, I would really urge you to look at the practice that goes in to producing it. It is totally barbaric and involves force-feeding on the most horrific scale imaginable.”

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.