Peers will no longer be able to enjoy foie gras in the comfort of the
House of Lords after it was taken off the menu following a campaign by an
animal rights group.
The traditional French delicacy is
controversial because it is produced by force-feeding geese or ducks with
grain for up to a month before they are slaughtered for their swollen
Some peers who backed the ban also wanted to banish the
unfortunate image of earls and baronesses �scoffing foie gras� in Parliament
while elsewhere in the country ordinary families have had to cut back on
their food budgets.
A number of members of the chamber, as well as
MPs, backed a call for the ban by People for the Ethical Treatment of
Animals. It is no longer served in the Commons.
But until recently,
members of the Lords and their guests could enjoy a range of starters in the
elegant Barry Room including quail and foie gras at �7.50.