No foie gras: how politically correct is the palace?

Rey Carlos III lives up to his reputation as an ecologist and nature lover. He has long been considered an opponent of foie gras. The monarch ordered that foie gras not be served in his palaces. The animal protection organization Peta said in London that they had received a letter from the royal house.

«As Prince of Wales, King Charles has banned foie gras (…) in his royal residences. Peta has now received confirmation that Her Majesty’s compassionate policy extends to Buckingham Palace and all other royal residences.” As a thank you, Peta sent a gift basket of vegan foie gras to the palace.

King Charles does not like foie gras

Charles decided on the ban many years ago. It is said that he once described the delicacy, which is traditionally part of the Christmas feast in many places in France, as “disgusting”. Peta-Britain boss Elisa Allen called for following the king’s lead and removing the item from the menu at Christmas “and beyond”. The manufacture of foie gras is prohibited in Great Britain, but not its sale or import.

An import ban was announced during the time of former Prime Minister Boris Johnson. But the subsequent government, also conservative, rejected the plans. The bans are “socialist,” he said. Now consumers only need to be informed, as the “Politico” portal wrote.

Peta has long condemned the stuffing of geese and ducks as cruel, pointing to the fattening of the animals through a tube inserted directly down their throats. Foie gras is a pathologically enlarged fatty liver that is up to ten times larger than the liver of a healthy animal. If we extrapolate the amount of food being force-fed to humans, that would correspond to up to 14 kilograms of pasta per day. The stuffing causes serious side effects in animals: from difficulty breathing and neck injuries to liver bleeding and heart failure.

Other prohibited foods

How political is(s)t the palace? However, foie gras is not the only food prohibited on the farm. However, most of the other dishes are not about loving or protecting animals. Mushrooms can only be used if they come from your own land. And Charles is said to be a big fan of roast lamb.

Her late mother, Queen Elizabeth II, is said to have loathed oysters, as her servant Charles Oliver once reported. Her former chef Darren McGrady said: “We can’t serve anything with garlic or too many onions.” There are also dishes that are considered difficult. shellfish, for example. “We don’t want any member of the royal family to have a food poisoning problem,” former butler Grant Harrold once said. Charles himself is said to have broken this commandment before, it is said in London. Meanwhile, crab legs are taboo in public because the risk of unpleasant images is too great.

That’s it with food. In fact, animal products are also used elsewhere for the palace. The famous black caps of the palace guards are made of genuine bearskin. Usually the skin of female Canadian brown bears is used for this. The skins used are “by-products of culls authorized by Canadian authorities,” which are used to control the wild bear population, according to the palace. But critics call for the hats to be made only from synthetic animal fur. This is exactly what Peta is now asking for another important piece of clothing. May the king wear faux fur for his coronation on May 6, 2023. Until now, the royal coat at the ceremony consists of royal ermine fur.

Hayden Sherman

"Bacon nerd. Extreme zombie scholar. Hipster-friendly alcohol fanatic. Subtly charming problem solver. Introvert."

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *