King Charles has banned foie gras from royal residences, say animal rights group Peta

Animal rights group Peta has said it has received confirmation that King Charles has put a stop to foie gras being served in all royal residences.

The King previously removed the controversial pate from his royal residences while he was still the Prince of Wales.

Now Peta says it has received a letter from the Royal Household confirming this policy has now been extended to Buckingham Palace and all other royal residences.

As a gesture of gratitude, the group is sending the King a hamper of ‘faux gras’ made by vegan chef Alexis Gauthier.

A Peta spokeswoman said: “As Prince of Wales, King Charles removed foie gras – a despicable product for which ducks and geese are force-fed until their livers swell up to 10 times their natural size before the animals are slaughtered – from his royal residences.

They continued: “Now, Peta has received confirmation that His Majesty’s compassionate policy extends to Buckingham Palace and all other royal residences.”

Elisa Allen, Peta vice president, said: “Peta encourages everyone to follow the King’s lead and leave foie gras off the menu this Christmas and beyond.”

Buckingham Palace declined to comment but it is understood the policy has been in place at the palace for a number of years.

Foie Gras can be imported and sold in the UK, but its production is banned.

The UK had proposed to prohibit its importation after Brexit, but these plans are now expected to be shelved.

Peta is also campaigning for the King to ditch ermine fur robes for his coronation next year and to use animal-friendly faux fur instead.

Charles's coronation will take place next May, with Brits getting an extra bank holiday to celebrate the momentous occasion.

Camilla will be crowned Queen Consort alongside him and while many senior members of the royal family are expected to attend, it's unclear if Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will be among them.

The coronation date, 6 May, falls on their son Archie's fourth birthday.


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