Animal rights protesters attack restaurant for serving foie gras

19 February 2008 by
Animal rights protesters attack restaurant for serving foie gras

Midsummer House in Cambridge was forced to close yesterday after it was vandalised by animal rights protesters for serving foie gras.

The two-Michelin-starred restaurant was attacked for having the controversial delicacy on its menu, with activists daubing slogans such as "Ban Foie Gras" and "Stop Selling Foie Gras" on its exterior. Additionally, the restaurant's door locks were glued and its front door, windows and window frames were badly damaged.

The Animal Liberation Front (ALF) has claimed responsibility for the attack, saying the restaurant "made itself a target for direct action" by continuing to support and profit from the horrific animal abuse involved in the production of foie gras.

The group also hinted that this would not be the last attack on the restaurant, which is located on Cambridge's Midsummer Common next to the river.

Midsummer House, which has now reopened, was also the subject of a peaceful protest by Animal Rights Cambridge last week, although the group claimed to have "nothing to do with ALF".

Police have confirmed they are investigating the criminal damage caused in the attack.

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By Gemma Sharkey

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