A pub in Bath has been forced to backtrack on its plans to serve foie gras at an event next month - as sales of the product are banned across all the area's registered food outlets.
Bath City Council implemented the ban in 2011, thanks largely to campaigning by leading animal protection group Viva!.
Despite the ban, local pub the Star Inn planned to sell foie-gras at Pub in the June's Park festival in Bath - but its plans were thwarted when Viva! was contacted by the local Animal Rights group, who had found out about the plans.
According to a Viva! spokesperson: "Viva! received the news, and concerned the ban was in jeopardy, was keen to act quickly and show its support by reminding Bath City Council members and the Pub in the Park organizers of the ban.
"Subsequently, following Viva!'s combined efforts with Bath Animal Rights, the organisers of Pub in the Park have confirmed that foie-gras will not be making an appearance at the festival.
"As a vegan campaigning organzsation, of course Viva! would rather the organisers drop all meat from the menu, however this is at least a step forward in showing that this cruel product is not acceptable."
Lex Rigby, Viva! Campaigns Manager said: "Foie-gras is mostly produced by imprisoning birds in cages so tiny they can't move, and forcing a pipe down their throats to force feed the animals until their livers swell to 10 times their natural size.
"I can't imagine why anyone would want to eat it – or be involved in its sale. It is quite simply torture in a tin. There is nothing humane about mechanically inducing disease in a bird.
"We're delighted that Bath City Council is honouring its word and keeping in place the foie-gras ban. However, there is still a long way to go until this horrific industry comes to an end."
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Local political figures also waded into the debate, with Bath and North East Somerset Council leader, Councillor Tim Warren (Conservative Mendip), saying: "Bath and North East Somerset Council cannot support the sale of foie-gras.
"On personal level, I think it is a completely unacceptable way of farming, so I welcome this sensible decision to remove it from the menu.
"Pub in the Park celebrates the very best food in the country and we welcome it to Bath, I hope it is a great success."
Foie-gras production is illegal in Britain on ethical grounds - but its importation and sale is still allowed. A number of campaign groups - including Viva! - are currently working to get an importation ban in place following Brexit.
According to Viva!: "On the eve of Brexit, it is vitally important now more than ever to demand the Government place an import ban on this torture product. The Government has a moral obligation to ban foie-gras imports regardless of the cost."
As a result of Viva! campaigns, a number of outlets have ditched the product, including supermarket chain Lidl and wholesalers Makro, House of Fraser and Harvey Nichols among others. In addition, Amazon - the world's largest online retailer - delisted foie-gras on its UK marketplace.
Plant Based News has contacted Pub in the Park for a comment.
Find out more about Viva!'s foie gras campaign here
Maria is a former magazine editor, newspaper reporter, and features writer. Her writing has been published by The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and various regional newspapers, as well as Vegan Life magazine and Vegan Trade Journal. She has interviewed a huge range of people, from Prime Ministers to authors, activists, pop stars and actors, and enjoys the varied range of topics writing for PBN allows her to tackle. You can follow her on Twitter @MariaChiorando and Instagram @mariachiorando.
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