For Immediate Release:
9 June 2010
Nikunj Sharma (0)9967766220, [email protected]
Silverstone – Tamara Ecclestone, daughter of Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone, has inspired Force India drivers Vitantonio Liuzzi and Adrian Sutil to pledge not to eat foie gras on the F1 circuit – or anywhere else. Ecclestone, who recently posed nude surrounded by baby ducklings in order to raise awareness of the cruelty involved in foie gras production, wrote letters to F1 participants on behalf of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) UK asking them to keep foie gras off the menu at all F1 events. Liuzzi and Sutil have supercharged the anti–foie gras campaign by being among the first drivers to sign on since current F1 champion Jenson Button pledged not to eat foie gras.
“Tamara Ecclestone, our glamorous anti–foie gras ambassador, took the cup when she got Liuzzi and Sutil to pledge not to support cruelty to birds”, says PETA India’s Nikunj Sharma. “We are delighted that Liuzzi and Sutil publicly rejected foie gras, and we hope that their compassionate example will inspire other drivers to follow their lead.”
Foie gras is sold at both the Taj and Oberoi hotels and at other establishments in India. To make foie gras – French for “fatty liver” – workers use metal pipes to pump approximately 2 kilograms of a mixture of grain, maize and fat into the stomachs of ducks and geese several times per day. In human terms, that would be the equivalent of being forced to eat roughly 20 kilograms of pasta. As a result, birds’ livers swell to up to 10 times their normal size, and the animals become sick and are often unable to move. The pipes often puncture birds’ throats, and many animals bleed to death as a result. The bodies of force-fed birds who have died show heavy internal bleeding, fungal and bacterial infections and hepatic encephalopathy – a brain ailment caused by liver failure.
Foie gras production has been banned in 16 countries, including the UK, Germany and Israel. Sir Roger Moore and Kate Winslet have each narrated a graphic video showing the cruelty of foie gras production.
A copy of Tamara Ecclestone’s recent anti–foie gras ad is available upon request.