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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Pulverizing the Puffin

When popular tv chef Gordon Ramsay killed and ate a puffin on air, outrage hit Channel 4 and Ofcom. But the agency cleared the star of The F Word; apparently killing the cute little bird and munching it on camera doesn't qualify as a breach since it happened in Iceland where the animals aren't protected. Meanwhile, Patrick Barkham comments that even if puffins are tasty, "murdering your meat" is probably not a segment calculated to raise the ratings.

http://www.seabird.org/birds-puffin.asp

[Image from http://www.seabird.org/birds-puffin.asp; website of the Scottish Seabird Centre].

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