The eyes of the world are on King Charles’ transformation from Prince of Wales to his new role as the most crucial royal in the UK at the moment. With a new policy, he has already won the favour of vegans and animal rights activists worldwide.
The King has officially ensured that his ban on foie gras, enacted in 2008, will continue and be enforced in royal households.
Tony Johnstone-Burt, master of the King’s household confirmed that the French delicacy has been banned from being served at any of the royal residences, including Buckingham Palace, Balmoral, Sandringham, Windsor Castle, and Hillsborough Castle.
Animal rights group PETA released a statement that applauded the royal for doing the right thing and encouraged people to follow his lead. They even sent him “a hamper of decadent faux gras made by renowned vegan chef Alexis Gauthier” as a mark of gratitude.
Foie gras is one of the most controversial dishes on the planet. The French speciality is made using the liver of a duck or goose and its method of production has caused animal rights activists and vegans to go up in arms about it. The dish requires the birds to be fattened ahead of slaughter, so they are force-fed with more food than they would naturally eat in the wild.
The production of foie gras is banned in the UK but if it has been produced elsewhere, it could still be served in the country. PETA has called the policy contradictory and has been campaigning for a complete ban on the dish.
The King has been a long-term supporter of higher welfare standards in farming. He has spoken up about the importance of sustainable farming and using organic produce only.