Andy Murray and Kim Sears’ Wedding Gift From PETA U.K.: A ‘Faux’ Gras Gift Basket

Animal-Protection Group Sends Best Wishes to Dog-Rescuing Tennis Champ

For Immediate Release:
April 9, 2015

Moira Colley 202-483-7382

London – What’s the perfect wedding gift for a beloved tennis champion who loves animals so much that he famously stopped on his way to Wimbledon to rescue a stray dog? Well, in the case of Andy Murray—who will celebrate his marriage to Kim Sears at his foie gras–free establishment, the Cromlix House Hotel—PETA U.K. has the answer: a gift basket containing delicious and decadent vegan faux gras, an assortment of fancy crackers, and a bottle of sparkling apple juice. A photo of the gift is available here.

“Delicious faux gras is the perfect gift for a stylish couple who care deeply about animals,” says PETA U.K. Senior Program Manager Yvonne Taylor. “PETA U.K. wishes Andy and Kim—and their beloved canine companions—all the best during this new chapter of their compassionate lives.”

When PETA U.K. confirmed that the Cromlix House Hotel is officially foie gras–free, the hotel’s renowned head chef, Albert Roux, explained, “As it happens I’m totally, totally in agreement of not serving foie gras due to the cruelty inflicted on the animals.”

As documented by PETA U.K.—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat or abuse in any other way”—to make foie gras, metal pipes are shoved down birds’ throats and huge amounts of grain and fat are pumped into their stomachs several times a day. The birds’ livers become diseased as they swell to up to 10 times their normal size, and the pipes often puncture the birds’ throats—frequently causing them to bleed to death.

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