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Kill It, Cook It, Eat It

Updated on July 17, 2011

 Reading Hubber James excellent Hub on eating meat I was reminded of the UK Television show- Kill it, Cook it, Eat it.

I vaguely knew what this show was about but thought I would attempt to watch one of the episodes. After all I chomp my way through more than a few dead animals and, as such, I should be able to put my money where my mouth is, so to speak.

I did not manage to watch all the program but here is a taster, no pun intended.

I have avoided the gruesome images for obvious reasons

Kill it, Cook it, Eat it was aired on the BBC.

As the title plainly declares, the show features animals being slaughtered, cooked and eat by the audience.

The episode I watched was aimed at some people's current fad for eating very young animals. It would seem that, to satisfy some people's discerning palate, even younger animals are being slaughtered.

The episode in question featured cute as a button tiny lambs.

The show kicked off showing the animals on the farm were they were raised. It was a nice rural setting and they did seem well cared for. I already now that not all farms are this good though.

The farmer loaded up the animals and off they went for Kill It, Cook It, Eat It.

The audience was a mixed bunch of people. Some were wary of what the shows events might include, others appeared to have no qualms about the slaughter of animals and the like.

I knew that I would not watch all of the show but, in order to form a viewing opinion, I wanted to view a little.

So the animal's arrived. Behind the glass the audience sat. At the other side the slaughter began.

It was very humane and I imagine much kinder than often happens in the real world. You only need to look at some of the cases of cruelty at slaughter houses, that have been reported, to know this is the case. Hillside Sanctuary rescues farm animals and its regular updates have shown, for example, Turkeys about to be slaughtered being kicked and used as a football by certain slaughter men. This to my mind is deplorable.

Still back to the show.

A couple of lambs wandered along toward the first slaughter man. The elder lamb was a little reticent and hung back. The tiny lamb wandered on in all innocence. It looked just like a fluffy toy and nothing like dinner but that was what it was to be. Something that resembled headphones was dropped onto its head. This was to electric shock it. The poor creature shook and I grabbed the remote.

That was enough for me.

Talking to a colleague the next day, she had watched a little further. The shock was not enough to kill the animal and the poor lamb attempted to run off. Apparently it had to be shot in the end.

Final thoughts.

This show has been popular in the UK but it is not for me. In some ways I agree with shows such as this. Most of us chomp our way through plenty of dead animals with little conscience. If we had to kill them ourselves many of us could or would not.

I know that I would not

After slaughter, the animals on the show were skinned, prepared, cooked and then eat by the audience. The studio audience always have some people who become very emotional. I guess that would be me.

I do not eat a great deal of meat but one thing is for sure. Lamb is no longer on the menu in our household.

I hope, Habee, that this explains my comment on your excellent Lamb Hub which I cannot seem to find.

For those who may want to view Kill It, Cook It Eat It, there have now been four series of this show. It can still be seen on BBC3 occasionally and a further series is planned.

Well what about you?

Would you watch Kill it, Cook it, Eat it?

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A taster of the show


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      peter mortensen 

      7 years ago

      I think James is pretty incredible. He alone can stand up to the pressure delivered by the others in this show. I think he has a highly developed sensitivity to the nature of all animals. He knows that they are snetient beings just like us, Maybe they can't solve an algebra problem, but that doesn't mean they do not have intelligence, feelings and can feel pain just as much as we can. James I hope you read get to read this because I wanted to tell you that I think you're pretty incredible!!!!!! Peter

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      Ethel Smith 

      8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Thanks you hippi. It is still aired now and then but I do not know anyone who watches it. Gruesome. In some ways though I can see the if you want to eat it you should realise the slaughter etc.

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      8 years ago from Holly, MI

      This is a repulsive idea of a show! ugh....I can't even express into words how this makes me it's a game to slaughter these poor terrified and innocent animals. Who are these people that are entertained by such a vial show. I voted in your poll. Such a well written hub!

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      TINA V 

      8 years ago

      I like to eat meat. But I don't have a strong stomach to watch a show that slaughter animals. I liked the information you wrote in your hub.

    • ethel smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ethel Smith 

      8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Eileen we all have to do what we can to survive. At least your animals were killed humanely and the animal used. Look at animals that are killed for sport and then simply discarded.

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      Eileen Hughes 

      8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      ethel, Oh it is so cruel, but years ago we use to kill and eat goat, kangaroo. My husband used to kill and skin, and clean sheep. And yes we eat them. BUT no crap like what you are suggesting. It was a quick humane bullet and killed straight away.

      They did not suffer. We watched a Jamie Oliver show on tv and he took the audience through a chicken slaughter yards and that was not good either From memory that was electrocution too. Chopping the heads of was a lot quicker I think anyway.

    • ethel smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ethel Smith 

      8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Thanks for the input ladies.

      Well Habee I must truly be adled. I am sure I wrote something about lamb on one of your recpie Hubs. I shall leave the link to you as you have some weird meat hubs :) eg squrrel and possum, and you do have a barbecue sauce one that's great.

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      Holle Abee 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Ethel, I don't think I've ever written a lamb hub - I don't eat lamb or mutton. Neither do I eat veal because I know what kind of life they lead. I hate the electrical shock method. I think a single shot to the brain is the most humane form of slaughter.

      I eat meat, but I don't like eating immature animals. I think every animal deserves some quality of life. For example, when we raised cattle, the cows got to be cows. They had large green pastures with woods, streams, and ponds, and they got good food and good veterinary care.

      We at least owe animals this much!!

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      Peggy Woods 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I was one who voted that I would watch the show "Never in a month of Sundays."

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      Polly C 

      8 years ago from UK

      I watched one episode of this show recently, even though I am a vegetarian for ethical reasons. Actually I do agree with such shows being screened because,even though it makes for difficult viewing, it shows the truth to consumers who otherwise remain blissfully ignorant. Meat consumption has only risen over the decades and cheap meat is widely available. Though I don't personally agree with eating animals I think that if such shows encourage people to purchase meat from livestock that has been well cared for and brought up in the way nature intended, then that is an improvement.

    • ethel smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ethel Smith 

      8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Not my idea of entertainment either but I guess it takes all sorts. Thanks for the visits

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      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      I know I am a hypocrite but as long as I don't see it I can eat meat. Thank you for excellent hub.

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      8 years ago from Asheville, NC

      I don't think I could handle this show.


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