Sir Roger Moore was, I always thought, one of the best James Bonds. I also still watch reruns of The Saint. He was debonnaire and cool. I like Sir Roger Moore. But I particularly love geese and ducks as I have raised both. I had two geese – Lazarus and Gasper – and when I used to come home from work I would call loudly to them from the corner of the street. They would honk back to me to welcome me home. I have raised many ducks and I watched sadly as Daphne duck who had sustained a leg injury and was unable to walk, was cared for by her partner Loulie until she died. After her death Loulie lost interest in life and soon he too was unable to walk and passed away.
So I am thrilled to hear that Sir Roger Moore is fighting a most abominable practice – the production of foie gras.
In case you don’t know about foie gras, it is otherwise known as fatty liver. Geese and ducks are force fed for hours each day until their livers burst. Can you imagine the way these poor animals suffer so that some ‘privileged’ people may eat a gourmet pate on their crackers? How do you feel when you’ve eaten too much at Christmas? It certainly hurts. Imagine feeling that way all the time. The funny thing is, animals only eat when they’re hungry and birds know that when they eat too much they are too heavy to fly. It’s only people who stuff themselves silly on a regular basis.
The best way to stop this appauling practice is to discourage demand. PETA (People for the ethical treatment of animals) has been fighting to stop Selfridges in the UK from selling foie gras.
When Sir Roger Moore heard about this, he wrote a letter to Selfridges offering to buy their entire stock of foie gras provided that Selfridges never sold it again. When he didn’t receive a reply, he took to the press and airwaves in a campaign to create public aweness of the cruelty involved in producing foie gras.
You can read all about it at PETA.org.uk.
If you’d like to ask the owner of Selfridges to stop selling foie gras, write to the following address:
Mr. Galen Weston,
400 Oxford Street,
London W1A 1AB
Good on you, Sir Roger! It’s wonderful to see someone in the public eye drawing attention to ghastly practices and fighting to end them.