foie gras

The House of Lords in the UK has buckled to mounting pressure from animal rights groups and banned foie gras from their in-house restaurant.

British media are widely reporting that the Parliament building’s fine dining restaurant The Barry Room has taken the controversial French delicacy off their menu following campaigns by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

Until recently, foie gras was served as a starter for £7.50 (€9.25) as part of a holiday meal. It is already banned in the House of Commons.

Animal rights groups charge that foie gras is produced inhumanely because ducks and geese are force-fed until their livers have swollen by up to 10 times their normal size.

This move follows on the heels of the state of California’s foie gras ban, which spurred benders, underground foie gras-themed dinners, and divided big-name chefs, like Thomas Keller, and consumers.