Making a meal of the Great British Menu

By Blog on the Box on May 17, 12 02:26 PM

THE food police have stuck their noses in again.

I'm talking about the busybodies from PETA - People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals - who have huffed and puffed and complained to the BBC about the Great British Menu.

Not that it's boring (it can be) or that the contestants are a bit self-important (they can be) but for the use of a French delicacy in one of the programmes.

The delicacy in question is foie gras which, for those who us who do not speak a language where the last letter is not pronounced, is duck and geese liver.

PETA object to the feeding methods which, they claim, artificially enlarge the liver in a cruel manner.

They say: "PETA demands that all foie gras promotions be removed from the license payer-funded service.

"Using TV license money to promote foie gras - a product so uniquely vile that its production is banned in Britain - is indefensible.

"Foie gras is produced by force-feeding ducks and geese up to 2 kilograms of grain and fat every day through a tube that is shoved down their throats several times a day.

"Force-feeding birds such a massive amount causes their livers to swell to as much as 10 times their normal size, resulting in a disease known as hepatic steatosis.

"The pipes sometimes puncture the birds' throats, and many birds suffer from ruptured internal organs, fungal and bacterial infections and liver failure.

"The British Academy of Film and Television Arts, the Brit Awards, Wimbledon, Lord's Cricket Ground and the Royal Shakespeare Company have all pledged not to serve or sell foie gras, and Prince Charles refuses to allow it on royal menus.

"Almost every major shop in the UK, including Selfridges and Harvey Nichols, has dropped foie gras because its production is so cruel."

IT does not sound very nice but neither does the "I'm right, the BBC is wrong" attitude of PETA.

The fact remains that foie gras is a delicacy in France, one of the culinary hotspots of the world, and while I can't see myself eating it I will defend the right of the French to produce it.

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