Those of you who’ve visited the Christmas market in Cathedral Yard may have seen that there is a French stall selling foie gras, another selling exotic meats (e.g. kangaroo, crocodile), a falconry stall with a tethered golden eagle, and a stall selling reindeer skins and antlers.
Exeter Friends for Animals is contacting the City Council about its complete lack of ethical standards, but individual letters/emails of complaint from members of the public regarding any one or all of these issues would strengthen their case.
PLEASE KEEP ALL COMMUNICATIONS POLITE!! and address them to: firstname.lastname@example.org or Exeter City Council, Civic Centre, Paris Street, Exeter EX1 1JJ
Suggested points to make are:
- The production of foie gras is so cruel it is banned in this country and many others, and many shops/restaurants have withdrawn it from sale in response to public pressure. (Here’s Kate Winslet explaining why Foie Gras is unacceptable www.peta.org)
- Exotic meats raise serious questions concerning capture, rearing and slaughter methods – what information can the council provide on these?
- The noisy, crowded environment of the market is highly distressing and totally unsuitable for birds of prey (or any live animal).
Please add a comment here on the blog when you’ve sent off your email to Exeter City Council. I wasn’t sure whether to add the picture below as it is upsetting but there are some much much worse images of this practice out there. Please take just two mins to email the City Council and tell them to ask the stallholder to remove Foie Gras products from the event. Thank you.