People Are So Angry Over What Gordon Ramsay Did To An Animal On His Show
Another day, another reason for Twitter to be mad at Gordon Ramsay. His new show, Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted, had already stirred up controversy before its first episode even aired on National Geographic on July 21st. When the show was first announced back in 2018, it was presented as a combination of a travel show and a cook-off, with Ramsay traveling to areas far out of his comfort zone, and challenging local cooks to a contest where he showed them how to cook their own food better. Er, tasteless much?
This approach was softened in the subsequent trailer, which made it seem more like a chance to enjoy watching Ramsay struggling while out of his element — an opportunity made all the more delicious by the fact that in his other shows, including Hell’s Kitchen and Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares, he’s usually the authority figure shouting at everyone else. But two episodes in, and the show is already being grilled over one particular scene involving a wild goat, filmed while Ramsay was in (the distinctly charted territory of) New Zealand.
In the episode, Ramsay goes out hunting with local Dan Russell.
The two are after wild goats, which, as Ramsay explains, are considered an invasive species because they have no natural predators to keep them in check, meaning they are free to munch away at all the vegetation, with disastrous results for the plants on the island. Until, that is, Ramsay and Russell arrive armed with a rifle. Ramsay shoots one of the goats (although we don’t actually see the animal die) and the pair go to collect it. Next we see of the goat, it’s looking distinctly more like the meat we’re used to coming across in supermarkets.
As far as hunting scenes go, it was fairly clean and quick. However, Twitter had many goat-related feelings.
There are calls for a boycott — although most came from one user:
Animal lovers are arguing that Ramsay needs to extend them the same respect he claims to have for trees.
And that his priorities are out of whack:
One user felt that the goat was stopped in its prime.
However, because the internet is the internet, there is now a backlash to the backlash.
People are pointing out that, firstly, as Ramsay explains in the show, the goats are considered pests.
And that hunting animals has been going on for quite some time…
Ramsay has not been afraid to get his hands dirty before in the name of meat.
Here he is hunting another invasive species — wild hog — in a much more graphic scene from a show that aired three years ago:
At least these animals didn’t die for nothing:
BTW, if you are going to eat meat, goats taste really good.
And we can’t ignore the fact that many animals who end up on our plates are killed in much more violent ways.
Seriously, if you think that was bad…
That said, it’s probably best to leave animal slaughter to the pros: please don’t just starting taking out random goats.
Many meat lovers don’t like to think about the grizzly processes that go into getting our favorite foods to us. And watching it on TV can bring it uncomfortably close. However, if you are going to eat meat, it’s important to acknowledge that at some point, someone had to kill this animal, and at least Ramsay is open about how and why people in New Zealand kill goats. And if this made you think twice about eating meat, we’re sure the goats of New Zealand are grateful.