The Foie gras, one of the most famous products of French cuisine, will no longer be part of the tables of the British royal residences. The ban was decided by King Charles III, a sovereign in the past prone to gastronomic delicacies, but also a pioneer of many environmental battles.
The decision was taken in response to requests from animal rights activists who have been campaigning against the consumption of goose liver for some time. In fact, to produce foie gras, one literally has to gorge And inflate out of proportion geese through procedures denounced as cruel.
Charles, who has long been personally involved in campaigns for the imposition of more natural and more humane standards in the livestock and agricultural sector, had already given up consuming foie gras 10 years ago, as Prince of Wales and heir to the crown. Now, as the new monarch, he has taken it a step further by banning it, with a sovereign actalso in the menu of the Windsor houses.
The decision was communicated by his staff in a letter sent to PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) activists. Goose liver will be banned from all banquets, public, private, ceremonial or family and from the various residences, Buckingham Palace, the Scottish Balmoral, the English Sandringham, Windsor Castle and Hillsborough Castle.
Elise Allen, deputy president of Peta, shared the communication with the media, rejoicing at it. “We trust – he hoped – that others will follow the King’s lead and eliminate foie gras from menus starting this Christmas and beyond”.