Saturday 20 January 2018

RTE presenter defends decision to kill turkey on TV

Eoin Sharkey and Ella McSweeney on the turkey farm
Eoin Sharkey and Ella McSweeney on the turkey farm
Ella McSweeney fearlessly grabs her turkey. Credit: RTE
Ear to the Ground reporter Ella McSweeney sizes up her Christmas dinner. Credit: RTE
Ella McSweeney preparing the turkey on RTE's 'Ear To The Ground'

Eimear Rabbitte

RTE presenter Ella McSweeney says it took her eight seconds to strangle a turkey for her TV show.

Ella McSweeney decided to show viewers how the bird ends up on their Christmas plate -- by killing one in front of the cameras.

The move has been criticised by animal rights organisations but the 'Ear to the Ground' host told the Irish Independent that she would do it again.

"I am a meat eater so as long as it's done respectfully it's pretty straight forward for me," Ms McSweeney added.

Prior to the airing of last night's episode, The Animal Rights Action Network called on 'Ear to the Ground' to remove the scene because they felt there was "nothing traditional about killing a fully conscious, sentient animal who, like any dog or cat, values their life too".

However, Ms McSweeney feels that her extensive knowledge of the food chain process shows more care and respect for the animal's rights and what she is eating.

"It is something that I do to make sure I am ok with being a meat eater.

"If I wasn't able to kill the bird I wouldn't be able to eat it and that's the way I look at it. It's a personal thing."

Irish Independent

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