On the face of it there’s something admirable in Kill It, Cook It, Eat It, which aims to make sure people know how food gets to their table and remind them that something died for their dinner. But in truth such shock tactics have little effect. Despite the odd scare story on the ignorance of townie children, we knew that already. And Jamie Oliver has shown children how Chicken Nuggets are made without putting them off (although they make the right gasping noises for the camera).
So it’s no surprise that the first comment on the Guardian’s Organ Grinder blog is: ‘Enough to make you a veggie, were it not for the delights of foie gras…’
In truth, while I’m sure it wasn’t pleasant in the small abattoir shown, it’s not like they took them to see Bernard Matthews factory as the Times’s Carol Midgley says death is often a blessed relief to the animal.
Perhaps the participants should have been asked to make foie gras. Rather than watch a stunned cow die, one of their number could have held down a twelve week old goose, while another forced a pipe down its throat to ensure the easy force feeding of grain. But the thing is, while it’s perfectly okay to import foie gras to the UK, it’s not legal to manufacture it.
Anyway. There’s an opportunity to put change on the Prime Minister’s agenda. Head over to Number 10 and add your name to the petition to ban foie gras.
Update: Visit Ban foie gras to learn more about why this particular delicacy deserves special attention.