King Charles bans foie gras from all royal residences – winning praise from vegan advocates

Author: Maria Chiorando

Read Time:   |  23rd November 2022

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King Charles is understood to be a 'longstanding opponent' of the controversial product which is considered to be extremely cruel


Foie gras is banned in all royal residences, the king’s household has confirmed, adding that there are no plans to change this policy.

A spokesperson for King Charles wrote in a letter to vegan charity PETA that the controversial food is not bought by, or served in, any of the regal households.

According to reports, King Charles is understood to be a ‘longstanding opponent’ of the product.

He banned it from his own residences in 2008, but now the ban extends to Buckingham Palace as well as Balmoral, Sandringham, Windsor Castle and Hillsborough Castle.



King Charles sent faux gras

Foie gras is widely regarded to be extremely cruel because of how geese are force fed, making their livers swell up to 10 times their normal size, before they are slaughtered.

Speaking about the king’s position on the product, Elisa Allen, vice president of PETA, said people should ‘follow the King’s lead and leave it off the menu this Christmas and beyond’.

She added: “Video footage of birds being painfully force-fed is enough to make anyone lose their lunch.”

According to PETA, it has sent the monarch a hamper of vegan alternative faux gras, in recognition of his ‘compassionate policy’.


Petition to ban foie gras

Foie gras production is banned in the UK, although it is legal to import and sell it.

As a result, numerous animal advocates are campaigning to have the product banned entirely.

According to PETA: “The production of foie gras is so horrendous that it’s illegal in the UK – yet our borders remain open to imports.

“This can be rectified with a sales and imports ban, which the overwhelming majority of Brits – 79 per cent – want to see.”

It is calling on people to sign its petition, which urged politicians to prohibit its importation and sale.

You don’t need to kill geese to enjoy the flavour of foie gras. Instead, make this delicious vegan foie gras recipe instead

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Maria Chiorando

Maria is an editor and journalist. Her work has been published by the Huffington Post, the Guardian, TechnoBuffalo, Plant Based News, and Kent on Sunday among other national and regional titles.

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