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Restaurant Accuses Activists of Blackmail

September 4, 2014 by Leave a Comment


The News

The owner of a famous U.K. restaurant that serves foie gras is accusing activists of engaging in blackmail in their attempts to pressure him into taking it off the menu. Alvin Michaels says the group Hertfordshire Animal Rights “has pursued the Bricklayers Arms through a negative campaign on social media, threatening phone calls and demonstrations.” Mr. Michaels defends the sale of foie gras, saying his food is “lovingly sourced” and that other restaurants serve it too. He also invokes the “law of supply and demand.”

By saying that the “cruelty is debatable,” Mr. Michael’s indvertently acknowledges that force-feeding an animal by inserting a tube down his or her esophagus might be inhumane. He also says, “For every study that says it is harmful to feed waterfowl through tube-feeding, there seems to be equal evidence that states that it isn’t.”

Bricklayers Arms Pub - Foie Gras

Bricklayers Arms Pub (Photo: hemeltoday.co.uk)

Your Turn

In this video about foie gras production, British actress Kate Winslet says, “Foie gras is sold as an expensive delicacy, but no one pays a higher price than the ducks and geese who are abused and killed to make it.” Please share this video on social media and ask the Bricklayers Arms to take this “delicacy of despair” of the menu for good.



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  1. Zizi says:

    It’s obvious that this pub-owner knows the truth, but just does not give 4 hoots in Hell aout the treatment or the fate of animals. Mostly he, like all the others are trying to protect “their interests” by denying, obfuscating the truth, because if they give in to demands to remove foie gras, next it will be the hideously raised eggs/chickens living in battery cages! And how about the slaughter of beautiful, innocent lambs, piglets, calves? their “roasted flesh” from cows, pigs, sheep? It’s all not only unspeakably cruel and torturous for the animals, but environmentally destructive of our planet…contributing to global climate change, pollution of water supply, decimation of rainforests, degradation of soil, and inhumane, unspeakable conditions for animals in factory-farm conditions. IT ALL HAS TO GO!!! Our planet cannot sustain this misery! humanity cannot abide this horror and unspeakable crimes against sentient beings!!! Check out the film “Cowspiracy” (www.cowspiracy.com) for an eye-opening expose of big Agri-Business!

  2. fiona says:

    I find it abhorrent, that this restaurants “defence” in selling a product thats so cruel, the production is banned in over 15 countries is basically down to profit.

    Did you know that when “production” of Foie Gras was legal in UK, many farmers here, nailed these poor defenceless creatures webbed feet to the floor, NAILED!! for “ease” of force feeding. Thats why its banned here…

    Foie Gras is the worlds most cruel “food” and thats been proven,

    Any restaurant who has no care for what they have on their menu, and attack anyone who fights hard to expose cruelty, with legitimate offers of debate, they then attack those people and accuse them of being blackmailers… This really shows what level, this restaurant sinks down to…. and people want to eat here???

    Tell Sir Roger Moore, who despite his 87 years, travels all over the world, campaigning against Foie Gras… ask him if Foie Gras is ok..

    For anyone reading this, watch this, and see why so many decent, compassionate people, like Sir Roger, Kate Winslet Joanna Lumley all back this campaign and ask yourself, do you really think this restaurant is worth a visit..

    Video is Petas, Narrated by Sir Roger Moore.. is he a blackmailing extremist???

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbUP9Wnv3Y4&feature=youtube_gdata

  3. Joey Jones says:

    Lovingly-sourced foie gras = Oxymoron

  4. Marc Massive says:

    Why would you want to eat at a restraunt who’s owners are obviously so smug and conceited. Sorry but I seriously hope their supply of customers dries up and there’s no demand to eat at a stuck up glorified pub.

    1. Cordelia walstijn says:

      Foie-gras must be banned

    2. Jacob says:

      So there is evidence that this practice *isn’t* cruel?! Strange Mr Michaels hasn’t produced that “evidence”!

    3. Ian Smith says:

      There really is no excuse for producing, serving or eating this cruel and vile “food.”
      You are either ignorant or misleading when you use phrases like “lovingly sourced” and I’m pretty sure the “law of supply and demand” may very well put an end to your business if you continue supporting animal abuse and cruelty.

  5. Anna says:

    There is no excuse for animal abuse!! How ignorant are those who make money from a poor defenceless creature who does not speak the same human language,so therefore cannot voice a choice of whether he is forced or not to produce such a cruel and tormented product and where this arogant pub owner feels he can exploit them. Shame on him!

  6. Shirley says:

    NEWSFLASH – IT IS INHUMANE YOU IDIOT! DONT TRY AND MAKE EXCUSES FOR YOUR STUPIDITY! YOU DO IT TO MAKE MONEY AND YOU COULD CARE LESS HOW THAT HAPPENS! IF YOU DIDNT SERVE IT THERE WOULD BE NO REASON FOR PATRONS TO BUY IT OR THEY COULD GO TO ANOTHER RESTAURANT TO EAT THE MURDERERD ANIMAL! I ABSOLUTELY HATE STUPID GREEDY IGNORANT PEOPLE AND YOU MOST DEFINITELY ARE ONE OF THEM!

  7. Amie says:

    When there are so many options a restaurant can provide it’s absolutely insane that they feel they have to serve foie gras. It’s impossible to say it’s not inhumane. There really is no argument for it.

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