Foie gras campaigners target Leeds

29 February 2008 by
Foie gras campaigners target Leeds

Animal rights campaigners in Yorkshire have announced they are to target restaurants in Leeds this weekend in a bid to turn the city "foie gras free".

The move follows a series of protests against restaurants serving the controversial delicacy in recent weeks.

This has included the Michelin-starred Midsummer House in Cambridge, which was forced to remove it from its menu after being vandalised by the Animal Liberation Front.

Campaigners from Foie Gras Free North (FGFN) said they will target restaurants in the city this weekend, including Anthony's at Flannels and Chino Latino, to convince them to stop serving foie gras to diners.

Rupert Stevens from FGFN said: "We have attempted to contact these establishments to initiate a discussion but are yet to hear from any of them.

"We are calling on people to boycott these establishments, and to inform restaurants of that decision. Foie gras production is a horrific abuse of animals, and unfortunately there a few people that take pleasure in this suffering."

Last year a motion to discuss a potential ban on the sale of foie gras in York restaurants and shops was taken off the political menu.
The City of York Council was to consider a motion calling for the sale of the French delicacy to be banned on ethical grounds, but instead asked council officials to investigate the issue and compile a report.

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By Kerstin Kühn

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