Well I watched it. Tonight it was about suckling pigs. For those that didn't, they had an audience set up in a working abbatoir and went through the whole process. They showed free range piglets being taken from the farm at 8 weeks old, herded one by one to be stunned, shackled, sticked (throat cut to be bled), into the scalding tank, butchered and then cooked.
It was very clinical and the presenter kept on saying the slaughtermen were following the industry's best practice guidelines and what was shown is a true depiction of what really goes on even when the cameras weren't there. (Yeah and I'm the queen of bloody England).
Most of the audience were like "oh it was so quick and sterile and the pigs had a good death".
Errr what about the pigs twitching and kicking as they were being bled. I am NOT convinced it was just a muscle reflex.
Then they showed a film clip of 2 week old Spanish piglets being taken from their mothers who were in farrow crates. Much more realistic and barbaric. Poor little piglets, chucked into the wheelbarrow on the way through the slaughterhouse, stunned, throat cut and chucked onto a pile with all the others, still moving around, twitching!
HA! most of the audience were quite horrified saying it was cruel and abusive.
Very interesting but I don't believe for one minute the sterile abbatoir situation. Best practice always prevails when we are being watched.... Especially by a film crew and on prime time national TV.
Having read Slaughterhouse by Gail Eisnitz, I know what really goes on and the thing about the vets and inspectors being there to maintain welfare etc is just a pile of b****cks". The stunners and stickers are not experienced. They are often exploited immigrants who get paid more by the hour than they would in a day in their own country. (I'm referring to the US here not the UK as I don't know much about what really goes on in the UK).
Tomorrow is about kid goats. This series is about whether it is wrong to eat baby animals.