Sunday 4 December 2016

Late Late Show cleared as 'cruelty' complaint over Dynamo lamb carousel rejected

Published 16/09/2016 | 02:30

In January, the show broadcast a demonstration of the invention by Galway-based entrepreneur TJ Gormley, which holds baby lambs in place so they can be tagged.
In January, the show broadcast a demonstration of the invention by Galway-based entrepreneur TJ Gormley, which holds baby lambs in place so they can be tagged.

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has rejected a complaint against RTÉ for a segment on the 'Late Late Show' in which a baby lamb was put into a machine called the Lamb Carousel.

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In January, the show broadcast a demonstration of the invention by Galway-based entrepreneur TJ Gormley, which holds baby lambs in place so they can be tagged.

A complaint was submitted to the BAI by Pawel Rydzewski, under the headings harm and offence, protection and harm, and importance of context.

Mr Rydzewski argued the lamb was just a few days old, was distressed by the experience and that it would have been more appropriate for the piece to have been filmed on location.

In response, RTÉ said there was no evidence whatsoever that the item had any negative impact on the lamb in question, before, during or after the programme.

It emerged in the BAI's written decision that the lamb was subsequently named Dynamo by Mr Gormley's family and had been chosen to be used as a pure-bred to sire the next generation of lambs and sheep for his farm.

The BAI compliance committee unanimously rejected the complaint.

Two separate complaints against the 'Late Late Show' for comments made by Paul Williams were also rejected.

They alleged the 'Irish Independent' crime correspondent was allowed to "vilify" those who vote for Sinn Féin.

He had told the show the only people who would vote for the party based on their manifesto promise to get rid of the Special Criminal Court were drug dealers and killers.

The BAI found the comments had context, and the assertion that Sinn Féin wanted to abolish the Special Criminal Court was factual.

Irish Independent

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