Buckingham Palace confirmed the ban in a letter sent to the PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) animal rights group, saying that foie gras, made from duck or goose liver, is no longer purchased or consumed in the Royal Household.
Foie gras has been labelled as ‘cruel’ and ‘disgusting’ by animal rights activists, as it involves force-feeding the animals so their liver grows up to 10 times larger than normal.
PETA claims that many birds have ‘difficulty standing up’ due to the ‘engorged livers’, and are often kept in small and cramped conditions.
The letter addressed to PETA revealed that foie gras is banned in the Royal Household, as well as all royal residences including Sandringham, Hillsborough Castle, Balmoral and Buckingham Palace.
Vice President of the animal activist group, Elisa Allen, has been trying to spread awareness about the awful treatment that goes into making this food product for years.
“Video footage of birds being painfully force-fed is enough to make anyone lose their lunch,” she said in a statement. “PETA encourages everyone to follow the King’s lead and leave foie gras off the menu this Christmas and beyond.”
In a gesture of thanks, the animal rights group has arranged to send the royal a ‘hamper of decadent faux gras’, a vegan version of the popular delicacy.
Royal fans on Twitter shared how pleased they were that the King decided to make this change.
“Excellent news. It’s cruel and completely unnecessary. Here’s hoping for a broader ban. Excellent leadership from His Majesty,” one person wrote.
“Good. The practice of making foie gras is evil. Even as a meat eater I wouldn’t touch it,” another added.
“Wonderful! A great step for humanity! Foie gras means torture,” a third wrote.
However, others pointed out that the royals still contribute to animal abuse in other areas.
“Next step faux fur hats — it’s 2022 not 1815,” one person pointed out.
“A good start, how bout stopping [the] use of bear fur for army ceremonial hats King Charles,” asked another.
“How about stop shooting, hunting, and supporting horse racing. King Charles has a long way to go before I will support him,” a third chimed in.
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