There may be no foie gras served in royal residences, a letter from Buckingham Palace to animal rights campaigners has shown.
King Charles is thought to be a longstanding opponent of the food, crafted from the liver of a duck or goose, that campaigners say is merciless.
The King’s household wrote to the Peta marketing campaign institution that foie gras became now not offered or served in royal houses.
There had been protests approximately pressure-feeding used to supply foie gras.
King Charles, when he changed into Prince of Wales, have been an advocate of higher welfare standards in farming and for over a decade had stopped the usage of foie gras in his own houses and was instrumental in a wider ban throughout royal houses.
Now as King he has reaffirmed this opposition – with the luxurious meals staying off the menu.
A letter acquired with the aid of Peta (humans for the ethical remedy of Animals) confirms that a foie gras ban is in location throughout the Royal family and for all royal houses, which might encompass Balmoral, Sandringham, Windsor fortress, Hillsborough fortress, and Buckingham Palace.
Elisa Allen, vice chairman of the animal welfare organization, welcomed this pronouncing that others ought to “observe the King’s lead and go away foie gras off the menu this Christmas and beyond”.
“Video footage of birds being painfully pressure-fed is sufficient to make all of us lose their lunch,” she said, describing how the livers of animals are engorged to supply the food.
The animal rights institution has backed a “cruelty-free” opportunity referred to as “faux gras” and is sending a number of this to the King, which it says is in reputation of his “compassionate coverage”.
There is a ban on the manufacturing of foie gras inside the UK, but not a ban on its sale or importation.
However, it will truely not be on the menu subsequent week for the primary national visit of King Charles’s reign, while he hosts a kingdom ceremonial dinner in Buckingham Palace for the South African president, Cyril Ramaphosa.
The Peta institution is likewise campaigning for the use of fake fur as opposed to ermine for robes at the King’s coronation subsequent might also.