Wednesday, 11 June 2008

Storm In A Teacup Cookpot

The Animal Rights loonies and militant vegetarians have been gunning for top chef Gordon Ramsey for a while now, for the crime of, horror of horrors, showing tv viewers where their food comes from.

Now I hold no brief for Ramsey, who was earlier advancing the barmy policy of fining restaurants that serve out-of-season produce, but the latest broadside from the fluffy bunny brigade is a little bizarre even by their standards:
Celebrity TV chef Gordon Ramsay has angered conservationists by trapping and cooking endangered eels. He was filmed trapping elvers - young eels - on the River Severn for his F Word show and then cooking them on a barbecue before serving them on toast.
My God, from the breathless tone of the article, you’d think he’d whipped up a panda-haunch roast with a side order of snow leopard tongues. Various publicity-hungry quango spokesmen come out to point out the error of his ways:
Mark Salt, secretary of the National Anguilla Club (Ed - the what…?!), said Ramsay should be "ashamed" of cooking endangered eels which conservationists are trying to save.

He said: "With eels stocks at their lowest ever, Gordon Ramsay should be thoroughly ashamed of his exploits.

"For a chef who is supposedly responsible, preaching conservation and sustainable food sources, this sort of behaviour is deplorable."

Melissa Pritchard, fisheries policy officer for the Marine Conservation Society, said they recommended people not to eat elvers because of their dwindling numbers and said the celebrity chef had sent out the wrong message.
Well, there must be something to this then, if these people are so convinced…! Has Gordon broken the law? Are the Special Branch gearing up even now to slam him in the cooler for crimes against the environment?

No, not quite:
An Environment Agency spokeswoman said: "Anyone wishing to fish for elvers must have a valid licence from the Environment Agency and the permission of the land and fishery owner. "We can confirm that Gordon Ramsay was licensed to fish for elvers."
That’s how ‘threatened’ and ‘endangered’ elvers are, for all the bluff, bluster and outrage from the likes of Mark and Melissa. Not at all, according to the Environment Agency.

If you fancy some, you just need a license.

And a big net…

3 comments:

Letters From A Tory said...

These loser lefties really need to get a decent job and stop annoying everyone.

dearieme said...

When I was wee, we would catch eels in the harbour and then bash them to death on the quayside. The purported purpose was to use them as bait in lobster pots, but the nearest lobster waters were more than 20 miles away. But boys will be boys. It kept us from drowning kittens. Until.....

JuliaM said...

Well, that's probably better than putting them in jelly!

Eels, that is...