London's "Independent" has an interesting piece today, Wednesday August 9, headed, "Ramsay reduced to tears as pigs go under knife."
( Pg. 14)
"Gordon Ramsay's reputation as the tough guy of British cuisine will be severely dented tonight, following Channel 4's decision to screen footage of his pet pigs being taken to the abattoir.
"Viewers of The F-Word will see Ramsay moved almost to tears, as he watches the Berkshire sows, Trinny and Susannah, go under the slaughterman's knife.
"Looking pale and shaken, the Glaswegian chef sees the 24-month-old pigs stunned by an electric shock to the brain, before being shackled by the hind legs and hoisted to the ceiling. Their throats are then unceremoniously slit.
"Ramsay's grisly ordeal does not end there. During the sequence - which will go out after the 9pm watershed - the dead pigs begin "gurgling" as blood pours out of their bodies, and kicking due to an apparent nervous reaction.
"He then watches as the bodies of Trinny and Susannah - named after the television fashion gurus Trinny Woodall and Susannah Constantine - are put into a scalding tank. They are later shaved and disembowelled, and hung in a meat store."
Ramsay will be serving the pigs to diners next week.
"Paul McCartney once said that if slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be vegetarian. If The F-Word slaughter turns out to be as graphic and gory as we hear it is, then these animals' deaths will not have been completely in vain, since they will turn many compassionate people into vegetarians."
A Channel 4 spokeswoman comments:
"It's always been explicitly stated throughout the series that Trinny and Susannah are being reared for consumption. A lot of people are in denial about how products arrive on the shelf, and the conditions of farm animals, and one of the points of the series is to show how that happens. Gordon has always tried to give them the best life, and believes in using animals from sensitively-sourced farms."
You can read the whole article on line at http://news.independent.co.uk/media/article1217840.ece. It presents a great opportunity for letters to the editor on the conditions in which most animals to be used for food are raised (see www.factoryfarming.com) and/or questioning the need to eat them.
The Independent takes letters at firstname.lastname@example.org and advises that they "must include the sender's name, postal address and daytime telephone number."
Yours and the animals',
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Date: Wed Aug 9 12:38:25 2006