Monday, March 05, 2007

BBC Show Exposes Kids to Reality of Where Meat Comes From: Slaughter Scenes Result in Predicted Reaction – Tears and Horror

This is how life should be – show kids and people in general the reality of how the meat gets to the table. Slaughter is not pretty business, a fact which is skewed and not seen when someone sees the packaged product on the shelves. Ignorance is bliss, but it isn’t the truth.

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EXCLUSIVE Schoolkids weep as pig is butchered, skinned & eaten

By Jenna Sloan Jenna.Sloan@Mgn.Co.Uk

LIVE animals are slaughtered in front of horrified school-children in a new TV shocker.

Graphic scenes from BBC's Kill It, Cook It, Eat It show smoke coming out of a pig's head as it collapses after being electrocuted. Abattoir staff then hang the twitching animal up by its legs and cut its throat, sending blood gushing to the floor.

Audience members including schoolkids watch behind a glass screen and some weep as the pig is thrown into boiling water and skinned. Earlier a film showed the same animal as a cute piglet.

After the animal is dead, a butcher carves it up and cooks it - and guests tuck into meat they saw alive only minutes before. In other episodes a cow is sawn in half and a lamb's head is cut off, in an effort to "reconnect" us with the meat we buy.

Kids' TV presenter and vegetarian Rani Smith burst into tears as she saw blood gush from a cow's neck. Vegetarian Society spokeswoman Liz O'Neill said: "It was upsetting."

Beef farmer Ken Howie told presenter Richard Johnson: "I do question whether the general public needs to see that."

Another disgusted woman said: "It actually made me feel sick seeing an animal being killed just for TV."

But BBC Three controller Julian Bellamy said: "There is a desire to learn where the food we eat comes from and how that food reaches our plate. It will get people talking."

KILL It, Cook It, Eat It is on BBC3 from tomorrow to Wednesday at 10.30pm.

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