Wednesday 7 December 2016

Complaints to RTÉ after lamb was 'pinned down' on Late Late Show

Elaine McCahilll and Patricia Murphy

Published 25/01/2016 | 02:30

Ryan Tubridy hosted a segment on a new system for tagging lambs on the farm – but some viewers complained it wasn’t humane
Ryan Tubridy hosted a segment on a new system for tagging lambs on the farm – but some viewers complained it wasn’t humane

RTÉ has received a small number of complaints over a segment involving newly-born lambs on the 'Late Late Show' on Friday night.

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As of yesterday, the broadcaster had received three phone calls and one email relating to the segment.

The lambs appeared on the talk show with Galway-based entrepreneur TJ Gormley, of Cormac Tagging. Mr Gormley was demonstrating an invention which makes tagging lambs on farms much more humane by placing them in the carousel-type contraption.

IFA National Sheep Committee chairman, John Lysnkey, came to Mr Gormley's defence and said the invention makes the tagging process much less stressful for lambs.

"I think if people sat down and watched it back again they would see that the lamb wasn't struggling," he said.

"He was sitting comfortably with no stress or anything. He went and suckled his mother after he was put down."

However, the Animal Rights Action Network (ARAN) has called for viewers to boycott the popular chat show "in protest".

"Ryan Tubridy was either clueless or he simply turned a blind eye to the most disturbing and uncomfortable scenes on the 'Late Late Show' on Friday night, when a lamb was pinned down on a 'lamb carousel'," the statement reads.

"The animal clearly was distressed and terrified of the bright lights, cameras and laughing audience.

"ARAN urges people to turn the channel next time the 'Late Late Show' airs in protest."

Irish Independent

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