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Foie gras protesters attack top restaurant

FOIE GRAS is off the menu at the Midsummer House restaurant in Cambridge.

The Michelin-starred eatery had been targeted for months by animal rights protesters for serving the delicacy - as of yesterday (Tuesday, 19 February) it will be served no more.

The peaceful protests turned criminal at the weekend when the restaurant was sprayed with graffiti, door locks were glued, glass-etching fluid was used to damage the windows and paint stripper was used on window frames and the front door.

Responsibility for the attack was claimed by the Animal Liberation Front (ALF).

Daniel Clifford, the chef director and one of two partners who own the restaurant, says he has reluctantly bowed to the pressure.

He said that in the interests of his staff and customers he has taken foie gras off the menu with immediate effect.


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Midsummer House has been the target of an attack by activists. Cambridge restaurant Midsummer House was sprayed with graffiti by animal rights protesters opposed to it serving foie gras.

"Stop Selling Foie Gras" and "Ban Foie Gras" were among slogans spray-painted on the Michelin-starred restaurant. Door locks were glued, glass-etching fluid was used to damage the windows and paint stripper used on window frames and the front door.

Staff spent most of Sunday removing the graffiti.

The restaurant was closed to diners yesterday (Monday, 18 February) but owner Daniel Clifford said: "The business is open as usual."

Responsibility for the attack was claimed by the (AL F) in an email to the News.

It said the restaurant "made itself a target for direct action by continuing to support and profit from the horrific animal abuse involved in the production of foie gras".

The message warned that the attack may not be the last on the exclusive eatery, which is on Midsummer Common alongside the river.

The email said: "Because of the continued support by Midsummer House of such a vile industry, direct action had to be taken.

"We hope this is the only action needed to persuade the restaurant to stop selling foie gras.

"It's a simple thing to do. If not, the direct action will continue."

Midsummer House was also the subject of a peaceful protest by Animal Rights Cambridge about serving foie gras last week.

On Valentine's Day, protesters carried placards saying "Foie gras = diseased liver" and "Don't buy into cruelty".

Joan Court, one of the protesters, said: "We have nothing to do with the A L F. We are continuing with peaceful and law-abiding demonstrations until foie gras is removed from menus in Cambridge".

Alongside foie gras on the restaurant's menu are dishes such as maple caramelised sweetbreads, oysters, seared hand-dived scallops and Bourbon smoked pigeon.

Police confirmed they were investigating the criminal damage caused in the attack.

Anyone with information can contact them on 0845 456 4564 or call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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