Coffey issued force-feeding challenge after foie gras ban deemed ‘not a priority’

Unique: Thérèse Coffey has been issued a “force-feeding problem” by animal rights organisation PETA after the it was instructed {that a} ban on importing foie gras is “not a precedence”. 

The problem, enclosed in a letter addressed to the atmosphere secretary set to be obtained right this moment, will see Ms Coffey despatched 20 kilos of rice and a funnel, mimicking the controversial nature of foie gras manufacturing.  

“May you abdomen it?”, the letter challenges. 

Producing foie gras is already banned within the UK, however roughly 200 tons of the product is imported into the nation annually. Earlier this month, a number of celebrities – together with Miriam Margolyes, Alesha Dixon, Mark Rylance, and Jo Model – co-signed a letter to the prime minister demanding an finish to UK imports of foie gras, referring to it as “torture in a tin”.


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This letter, coordinated by Animal Equality UK and PETA and gathering greater than 250,000 signatures, mentioned: “Not solely is foie gras horrifically merciless, however within the midst of a value of dwelling disaster wherein so many are involved about how they may put meals on the desk, it’s out of contact and albeit grotesque that the federal government continues to defend the import and sale of a vile product that prices round £95 a tin”.

Throughout foie gras manufacturing, 2 kilos of grain may be pumped into birds’ stomachs every day by means of metallic tubes, inflicting their livers to swell to 10 instances their pure dimension.

Bans on imports of foie gras had been included within the animals overseas invoice as a manner of bettering animal welfare earlier than being scrapped by No 10 final 12 months. A reported U-turn got here after complaints from some ministers, together with Jacob Rees-Mogg, who is claimed to have argued that banning issues is “un-Conservative”.

The Conservatives’ 2019 election manifesto dedicated the get together to not compromise on animal welfare requirements in worldwide commerce.

The brand new letter, which will probably be despatched alongside the 20 kilos of rice and funnel, says: “Whereas we welcomed an announcement from the Division for Setting, Meals & Rural Affairs clarifying that, opposite to media experiences, the federal government has not shelved plans to deliver ahead this laws, we stay involved by the shortage of decisive motion on this challenge”.

It provides: “That will help you perceive the urgency, we’ve got enclosed 20 kilograms of rice – the equal for people of what’s pumped into the stomachs of geese and geese on foie gras farms each single day – together with a feeding tube.…

“For the sake of birds who undergo this virtually unimaginable torture for weeks on finish earlier than they’re sooner or later strung the wrong way up and their throats are lower, we ask you to please prioritise the import bans on foie gras and fur, merchandise that nearly nobody needs and definitely nobody wants.

“Please don’t betray animals, together with the individuals you serve. Ban foie gras and fur imports directly”.

Kate Werner, the Senior Campaigns Supervisor at PETA, says: “Twenty kilos of rice is the human equal of the quantity of grain shoved down the throats of birds each day on foie gras farms”. 

She provides: “If Thérèse Coffey doesn’t discover it fowl to import diseased fowl livers, then absolutely, she will abdomen PETA’s force-feeding problem”.

When approached for remark DEFRA referred to its latest weblog submit: “Coverage on fur and foie gras”. 

The submit states: “A number of information retailers have reported inaccurately on the federal government’s place on fur and foie gras following deceptive protection within the Sunday Telegraph.

“Future laws to ban the imports of fur and foie gras has not been ‘dropped’ or ‘shelved’. Nevertheless, with restricted Parliamentary time out there, different essential laws is presently taking precedence – together with Defra’s Genetic Expertise (Precision Breeding) Invoice and Saved Animals Invoice”, the submit provides.