THis one is pushing the boundaries. From to day's Indo.
"The latest example of this insatiable desire to put bums on seats comes with BBC's latest stunt -- killing animals in front of a live audience and then cooking them -- the animals, not the audience, that is.
Producers plans to kill lambs, piglets, goats and calves as part of the second series of the controversial Kill It, Cook It, Eat It. Readers may remember that the previous season of the show caused outrage when they showed the grim truth of the inside of an abattoir, but this time they have, apparently, gone too far.
According to one bunch of animal rights campaigners: "BBC licence-fee payers have to ask themselves if they are happy for their money to go towards paying for the slaughter of baby animals for entertainment."
This, of course, is missing the point. They're killing the animals to feed the studio audience. The entertainment is just a bonus."
And from the promo for the show.
"Do you ever find yourself indulging in a meat feast and wondering how the animal made its way to your plate?
Presenter Richard Johnson is here to bring together the two key moments that are usually separated in our lives and minds: the death of the animal and the eating of its meat.
In each programme, we trace the journey of one animal from its life on the farm to its fate at a small working abattoir. At the abattoir, a group of specially invited people, from vegetarians to meat enthusiasts, will witness the slaughter."
Wow, it's like food porn and the death is the money shot.
Now, I believe if you eat meat you should at least appreciate from whence it came. LIke those cute little lambs skipping about the grass in spring time? Well they go well with mint sauce. Like bacon sambos-which I'm about to have actually- well bacon doesn't grow on trees, it comes from an actual living breathing intelligent animal.
Veal, from a confined milk fed lonely calf. Steak, from a large brown eyed bovine animal that likes nothing more than grazing and sunshine.
These are the facts of our food. We should appreciate that, and if we eat meat we should acknowledge the animal it came from.
But that's one thing, to butcher animals live on telly for the sake of culinary seat grabbing is another. Most people will not butcher animals, and have no need to witness an animals die before their eyes. Most people will find it very hard to stomach watching an animal die. Does that make them bad people, no, just not butchers.
Well, maybe the producers of this show are actually aiming to turn people from eating meat. Could be. Stranger things have happened.
Labels: Pass the brown sauce.