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Kate Winslet joins PETA's campaign

entertainment Updated: Apr 16, 2010 13:10 IST
Navdeep Kaur Marwah

Kate WinsletKate Winslet has joined PETA’s fight to save the tortured duck and geese. And India, too, is on her radar. The Oscar-winning actor has done a video that shows the suffering of ducks who are raised and killed for foie gras, the French delicacy, also served in high-end Indian hotels.

“PETA India will send this video to all Indian hotels, including the Taj and the Oberoi, that currently serve foie gras, to persuade them to strike cruelty off the menu. Foie gras is already banned in 16 countries and has been condemned by Pope Benedict, Prince Charles and international chefs. We’d like it banned in India too and Kate is passionate about the issue,” says Ambika Shukla of PETA India.

She adds, “Metal pipes are forced down ducks’ throats through which food is continuously shovelled until their livers swell ten times their natural size. These swollen livers are turned into foie gras.”

This isn’t the first time an international celeb has taken up such a cause. “We’ve had Paul McCartney do a Hindi Go Veg ad and Pamela Anderson featured in a video against the use of leather, that was sent to Indian designers,” says Shukla.