July 23, 2008

TV Chefs Insensitive in Meat Handling

I have watched both Hugh Fernley-Whittingstall and Jamie Oliver on television for many years, and both men seem to be highly intelligent and creative in their cooking.

But I have not watched them too much in later years because I am put off by the way they handle meat, including chickens.

Meat is derived by killing a living creature, yet during all these programmes on television I have never heard one of these cooks give thanks to the animal that has lost its life.

I was impressed to see men and women at the Pilsden Community near Bridport sit and wait for a short blessing before touching any food.

I write after reading that Mr Fearnley-Whittingstall has lost his fight against the supermarkets.

I have always been appalled at the conditions which these chickens are bred - but I do not eat meat on a regular basis, so I am not to any great degree supporting such activities.

If Mr Fearnley-Whittingstall was to help me and many other vegetarians in developing our desire for a less violent lifestyle he might stand a better chance in bringing an abrupt end to this money- making adventure.

But as I see it his own life is surrounded by animal deaths - his own animals' lives are short.

Tony Parsons


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