Gordon Ramsay has been blasted by Baywatch icon Pamela Anderson for ‘cruelly’ selling foie gras at his restaurants and called on him to banish it from his menu.
The 51-year-old vegan actress has written a letter to the TV chef urging him to stop selling the dish at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, his flagship eaterie in London.
Although the production of foie gras, or fat liver, is illegal in Britain it is still legal to import it into the country.
In some cases it is made by force-feeding geese and ducks, either in factory farms or by hand, until their livers swell to up to ten times their normal size.
In the letter, she writes that foie gras is ‘nothing more than a diseased liver produced in a real-life Hell’s Kitchen’.
She adds: ‘Given your exceptional talent, I have no doubt that you can create dishes to impress that don’t involve this cruelty.’
Anderson is spearheading a campaign for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), the animal rights charity.
The former Baywatch star angered some French politicians in 2016 when she appeared in the National Assembly in Paris to support a ban on foie gras.
Many claimed it was inappropriate for an unelected Canadian-American known for appearing nude in Playboy to be interfering in the democratic process.
The anti-foie gras campaign has previously been supported by celebrities such as Kate Winslet, Ricky Gervais, Ralph Fiennes and the late Sir Roger Moore.
PETA’s Director of Vegan Corporate Projects, Dawn Carr said: ‘Pamela Anderson is a long-time champion of animals, including the birds who are abused to produce foie gras.
‘Over the past few years, she has written to London department store Fortnum & Mason urging it to ditch the vile pâté and called on the French National Assembly to ban the force-feeding of geese and ducks.
‘On foie gras farms, workers repeatedly ram pipes down gentle birds’ throats and pump huge amounts of grain into their stomachs, often tearing holes in their necks and sometimes rupturing their internal organs.
‘Foie gras production is so cruel that it’s illegal in the UK and more than a dozen other countries, and the majority of the public is rightfully sickened by this horrific industry.
‘Consumers have the power to take a stand against foie gras by refusing to buy this ‘torture in a tin’ and instead choosing one of the many healthy and cruelty-free vegan vile pâté’s available.’