1. Sir Roger Moore continues campaign against sale of foie gras

    By Devin Zydel on 2009-09-14

    Former James Bond star has renewed his campaign against the production and sale of foie gras, a controversial food product made from the liver of a duck or goose.

    Full details follow in the press release below:

    Sir Roger Moore

    Sir Roger Moore

    Actor and former 007 Roger Moore renewed his campaign against foie gras, slamming the process of making the delicacy as “vile” and eating it as “ridiculous”.

    The ex-super spy has written to the chairman of London’s upmarket department store Selfridges, offering to buy its entire stock of the product, which is created by force-feeding ducks.

    “It’s called foie gras which is fatty liver which is a diseased liver,” the 81-year-old Moore told Channel 4 news on Sunday.

    “The idea of eating something that is diseased is absolutely ridiculous but when you think of the way it’s produced then it’s vile.”

    “I would be very happy to buy his (the chairman’s) existing stock of foie gras if he would give me the undertaking that he wouldn’t restock.

    “There’s been no response whatsoever to that. I presume maybe he can’t afford the stamps,” he added.

    Selfridges said it would investigate any suggestion of illegality in the production of its supplies of foie gras.

    But the store told Channel 4 it planned to keep selling the product, citing huge public demand especially in the months leading up to Christmas.

    Moore first achieved worldwide fame by starring in the television show The Saint as smooth-talking Simon Templar.

    He took over the Bond film duties from Sean Connery in 1973, making his debut in Live and Let Die before completing the sequence with A View to a Kill 12 years later.

    In recent years Moore has become well known for his humanitarian work, most notably through his activities as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, helping raise funds for under-privileged children.

    He has also lent his support to animal activists People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) which campaigns against foie gras, the making of which it says is cruel.

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