Friday, September 07, 2007

Meat.

KIll it Cook it Eat it.
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.

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Anonymous Macdara said...

I t will be interesting to see how many of the audience can't eat the food after. Not many people would be able to slit the throat of a cow or break the neck of a chicken. Then again any one who fishes and eats will have no problem.
I ate a whole bird recently bones and all and it came out on the plate looking like a full bird just with no feathers so I guess we can convince ourselves to do anything.

10:08 a.m.  
Anonymous Nonny said...

“Veal, from a confined milk fed lonely calf”


Imagine how bored the poor bastard that discovered that was. Some people are so perverse. They should put them in a confined space with a vicious dog, see how hard they are then.

10:25 a.m.  
Anonymous Nonny said...

“Veal, from a confined milk fed lonely calf”


Imagine how bored the poor bastard that discovered that was. Some people are so perverse. They should put them in a confined space with a vicious dog, see how hard they are then.

10:25 a.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

When I lived in Barcelona I used to buy my chicken at the markets, Big yellow birds with heads and feet. You had to chop the head and feet off and gut them. Really, the meat tasted so much better than prepackaged stuff you get here, and it was a completely different colour. No pink.
I"d have a very hard time killing an animal myself though.

10:27 a.m.  
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10:29 a.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Weird, double posting and then when I deleted it took both.
Anyway, Nonny, there are a few farmers who are trying to change the production of veal. They allow the calves free range up to six months before slaughter, even though this change the colour and texture of the meat. Of course they are still in the minority and I think most of the veal in this country is imported.

10:32 a.m.  
Anonymous Nonny said...

Yuk I don’t eat meat myself. My mother said I just never liked it but if I do have to buy it for partaays or barbeques I buy organic, free range stuff apart from the nutritional value I’d like to think the animal had some quality of life. I would not buy lamb or veal. I was in a slaughter house once when I was 7 and had to sleep in my mother and fathers bed for weeks afterwards. I am not a hard person.

10:41 a.m.  
Blogger P1P said...

I don't think it's a bad thing for people to see what happens. If you eat meat your should know (really know by seeing) what occurs before the whole gravy stage.

I have never cared for censorship. This program has as much validity as any other. I don't watch big brother because it's a big steaming pile of shit but I would argue against it being censored.

Before I went veggie I ate animals killed for purpose. I saw them being prepared and still enjoyed them. I get a bit bored of meat eaters complaining about how they don't want to see the cute lamb get the chop. or even worse banging on about how it's wrong to eat horse or dog. Meat is meat if you are prepared to eat one sort why not another?

On the other hand I think the program could be quite interesting although inaccurate. I have seen footage of people mistreating animals in abattoirs. Not killing cleanly, causing pain. I guess the program will be strictly regulated.

11:45 a.m.  
Anonymous Shebah said...

In theory, I totally agree, but in practice I am extremely squeamish and need to buy my meat nicely wrapped in greaseproof paper in tidy slices. I can then convince myself that it's nothing to do with a live beautiful animal. I could never chop the head and feet off a dead chicken, I have difficulty gutting a sardine - and I adore cooking! A bit contradictory, I know. And I am not sure that watching this stuff on tv is a good idea, it might be too much information for some easily influenced nutters.

12:34 p.m.  
Anonymous eva said...

I think this is really, really sick!! They're only doing it for the shock value of it, I think that is pretty obvious - what is next?
I grew up on a farm and I have seen a number of different animals killed, skinned etc. and I used to go hunting with my dad as a small girl. So I have no problems with the actual act of killing an animal for food. But I do have a problem with making a stinking TV show about it in front of an audience. I think that borders on animal abuse! And that is something that REALLY pisses me off!

2:07 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

The older I get the less I like the taste of red meat. It has nowt to do with the animal, and everything to do with the taste of it. Given the option I will pick seafood over red meat every time.
That said, I love rashers. And even Babe didn't stop me eating them.

I don't think it's a bad thing for people to see where their food comes from either, but I get the feeling this show is more for shock value than for educational purposes. But I guess we'll have to wait and see eh?

2:29 p.m.  
Anonymous Nonny said...

When I think of eating the flesh of anything it is grotesque. I would not associate with anyone who kills animals nor would I let my kids (if i had any) near them. If the meat industry didn’t create so many jobs and generate such high returns for the revenue nobody would be eating it anyway. Just like that TV show it all boils down to exploitation, a money making racket, sensationalism at it’s best tut tut. Nevertheless i'm sure we'll all watch with interest.

2:31 p.m.  
Blogger Medbh said...

What's next? Public executions of people?
Gross.

2:37 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Television seems to me to be heading closer and closer to just that Medbh, oh it will be called something else, but give it another ten years and fuck knows what we'll be able to see for our 'entertainment'.

2:48 p.m.  
Blogger Conan Drumm said...

I believe in conscientious eating - know where it's come from and demand the highest standards in husbandry and slaughter. People who couldn't kill a wibble wabbit or a lamby-kin or a piggy-wiglet to eat them but shop in pretend ignorance in the suppermarket give me a pain in the rear end. I've killed to eat and I recommend it to all meat and fish eaters.

7:49 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

I had a kebab earlier, I couldn't tell you if it was animal, mineral or fish. It was a bit disappointing too, not the delight I was expecting. I got it in Zatoon on Parliament Street, not velly good.

10:52 p.m.  
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