we At Viva! congratulate York councillors for opposing the sale of foie gras and are delighted that Britain is on the road to becoming foie gras free.

As well as York's opposition, 138 MPs have signed an Early Day Motion to prohibit the sale of this barbaric product. We are confident that this will bring the issue to the forefront of political debate.

Foie gras is the grossly enlarged liver of a duck or goose and is essentially a diseased organ, marketed as a delicacy. Birds raised for this "gourmet" cruelty are force-fed enormous quantities of food through a long metal pipe, three times a day.

This process of deliberate and painful overfeeding continues for up to a month, by which time the birds' livers have swelled to ten times their normal size.

We now call on other local councils to listen to public opinion and join York in calling for the end to its sale.

However, Viva! believes that the only way to end cruelty to all animals is to go veggie, even better vegan.

For a free It's Time To Go Veggie pack phone Viva! on 0117 944 1000 or email info@viva.org.uk.

Amy Mason, Viva! Campaigner, York Court, Wilder Street, Bristol.