According to a statement released by the animal rights organisation PETA, the famous German restaurant Borchardt will no longer be serving foie gras, after a customer complained about it and the group wrote to the restaurant. 

Until recently, Borchardt, the prestigious restaurant in Mitte, the first and most central borough of Berlin, Germany, had foie gras on its menu, but on 16th October, PETA received a photograph of the Borchardt menu from the PR expert and society lady Alexandra von Rehlingen, listing “Grilled foie gras, brioche, port wine shallots.” PETA wrote the restaurant, and after two more inquiries and a phone call, the Borchardt finally replied in writing on 8th November 2023 that foie gras was no longer on its menu.

Tanja Breining, biologist and specialist at PETA, said, “We are very happy about the management’s animal-friendly decision. Numerous birds will be spared the immeasurably cruel torture of stuffing in the future.”

The Borchardt restaurant has existed for 170 years, but it has been quite bad in terms of animals that had to suffer and die to satisfy the whims of its elite customers (of the likes of Imperial Chancellor Otto von Bismarck and Baron Friedrich von Holstein). On their website, they write, “For us, tradition is a line of internationality, freshness and quality. Even before 1881, borchardt offered, among other things, bitter orange from the Himalayas, strawberries from Algiers and fresh oysters. Ostrich eggs, game and fruit came from noble families in Prussia.” It’s definitively good news that the diseased livers of geese and ducks will not be served as food as the restaurant, but perhaps the rest of the bodies would be. If they still serve Ostriches eggs, perhaps another customer should inform them of the cruelty of farming ratites, and as they probably still serve cows, turkeys, or pigs, other customers could also complain about those.

Jordi Casamitjana
“Originally from Catalonia, but resident in the UK for several decades, Jordi is a vegan zoologist and author, who has been involved in different aspects of animal protection for many years. In addition to scientific research, he has worked mostly as an undercover investigator, animal welfare consultant, and animal protection campaigner. He has been an ethical vegan since 2002, and in 2020 he secured the legal protection of all ethical vegans in Great Britain from discrimination in a landmark employment tribunal case that was discussed all over the world. He is also the author of the book, ‘Ethical Vegan: a personal and political journey to change the world’.