Could you kill your own dinner?

Submitted by John_O on Tue, 01/06/2009 - 18:00

"Kill it, Cook it, Eat it" is a series being shown on BBC 3 (episode 3 tonight ) which takes a new slant on the traditional TV cooking show. In each episode a group of individuals are taken through the process of slaughtering specific animals and preparing them for consumption.

The programme provides a useful grounding in some of the issues surrounding the slaughter of animals in the UK.

The programme seems also to illustrates some recent trends:

  1. Regarding meat, UK Consumers feel a "disconnect" between product and process, and would welcome reassurance.
  2. UK Consumers have ethical concerns about the provenance of their food.

The Meat Licence Proposal is seeking to address the "disconnect" between product and process by legally compelling ALL individuals to directly engage with the act of killing implicit in all meat products.

Are viewers of "Kill it, cook it, Eat it" engaging with the act of killing?

(Post prompted by Andy and James.)


Its just an other way of

Its just an other way of kiling i guess. A good way of killing.

experience by what means?

hi john, as you know, i saw this last night. it was interesting that a number of them seemed more willing to eat meat after having gone through the process. a few talked about the need for us to re-engage with the process of slaughtering food for human consumption. there were a lot of moral issues raised through their conversations, but the comment i will leave you with is as follows: which means of death should be employed in order for us to effectively experience re-engaging with the slaughter of animals for human consumption? Should they be the currently accepted mode of humane killing or something more primitive?

andy miah

effectively experience re-engaging

Hi Andy,

In an older post (How to kill the animals?) I too arrived at a similar question.  It is one of many aspects of The Meat Licence Proposal that I think we would all need to decide together.  What I have suggested is, ultimately, individuals need to be "actively involved" in the act of killing - cutting the throat - being a good example of active involvement.  There is a need for involvement and implication at the level of the individual.

There is a case to be made for individuals gaining licences through being "passively involved" in the act of killing - bearing witness, in person, to the act of killing taking place at the slaughterhouse.  (Many people seem to be requesting this.)  But then, isn't this is characteristic of our look/don't touch culture?

I don't think that any form of real engagement takes place through a television set. 

Kill it, Cook it, Eat it

The series is a relentless PR campaign for the meat industry with the moral message "you can be an ethical consumer..."