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Foie-gras in Post-Brexit Britain

Claire Palmer investigates why foie-gras is still available in the UK and how Brexit may change that



Claire is a campaigner for Viva! the charity working to promote veganism and to end animal suffering.

The words ‘foie-gras’ (fatty liver) stir up a range of emotions in people, from revulsion to desire. It’s an incredibly controversial ‘product’, and one Viva! hopes is shown the door in a post-Brexit Britain.

Foie-gras is a high-end product, and the more yellow the liver, the higher value it has. Successful campaigning by Viva! led to the removal of all foiegras from British supermarkets, and having it on their shelves is akin to selling a mink coat. However, online sales continue, and the product can still be found on restaurant, bistro and pub menus. Despite it being illegal to produce here, due to the extreme practice of force-feeding involved, the inherent cruelty, like that of fur production, appears to make it more attractive, rather than impede its value. Each year Britain imports tonnes of foie-gras from EU countries, such as France, Belgium, Hungary and Spain, marketing them as an expensive delicacy. So far we have been unable to secure an import ban due to a complicated free movement of goods principle. The question is, can we change this in post-Brexit Britain?

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