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Call on Fortnum & Mason to be stripped of its Royal insignia

Posted: 21 November 2013. Updated: 22 November 2013


Ignoring the terrible suffering that is involved in its production, London department store Fortnum & Mason continues to sell foie gras, which is cruelly produced by force-feeding ducks and geese until their livers become diseased.

Illegal to produce in the UK, it is particularly outrageous that Fortnum & Mason continues to sell foie gras whilst granted the right to bear Royal insignia, as its production violates the Royal Warrant Holders Association’s own guidelines on welfare standards.

Please call on the Royal Warrant Holders Association to strip Fortnum & Mason of its right to bear Royal insignia as long as it continues to sell foie gras.

A joint letter signed by ADI and other animal protection groups, spearheaded by PETA, has been sent today to the Association.

Take action!

Template letter to the Royal Warrant Holders Association (courtesy of PETA)

Dear Ms Emery,

I want to make you aware that a current Royal Warrant holder, Fortnum & Mason PLC, continues to sell foie gras, even though this is in direct conflict with the sustainability guidelines set out by the Royal Warrant Holders Association. With this in mind, I urge you to withdraw Fortnum & Mason’s Royal Warrants.

The production of foie gras is so inhumane that it is illegal in the UK under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 and is banned in 15 other countries. Undercover video footage from a PETA investigation of foie gras farms which supply Fortnum & Mason’s distributor revealed tremendous suffering.

Fortnum & Mason’s decision to sell foie gras is incompatible with the standards that the Royal Warrants demand, such as those outlined in your sustainability criteria:

  • Businesses must ensure that “all suppliers are Red Tractor certified at minimum".
  • Businesses must be “working with suppliers to encourage higher welfare standards, promoting RSPCA Freedom Foods or equivalent assurances".

Given that Fortnum & Mason is selling a product that does not meet Red Tractor certification, is incompatible with RSPCA Freedom Food standards, is illegal to produce in this country and is in direct conflict with the criteria set out in the Royal Warrant Holders Association’s sustainability criteria, I request that both of the shop’s Royal Warrants be withdrawn so long as it continues to profit from the sale of foie gras.


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