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ROADKILL CHEF WINS PETA AWARD

Star of BBC3 Special Only Cooks With Accidental Motorway Meat

Kent ? In recognition of his innovative dishes that use meat only from animals who have been killed in automobile accidents, Fergus Drennan ? the star of the BBC3 show The Roadkill Chef ? is receiving an "Ethical Cuisine" award from PETA Europe.

Drennan, a wild food collector who used to supply foraged foods to restaurants including the Ivy and Jamie Oliver?s Fifteen, describes himself as a vegetarian 95 to 99 per cent of the time. The only meat he prepares comes from animals he finds along roadways. "I do not see any clash in that because it is not as if the animal has been killed for me to eat", he told The Sunday Times. "Roadkill is not factory-farmed or pumped full of antibiotics." (Of course, it presents its own problems let's not forget. F x)

Unfortunately, much of the meat most people consume is. In today?s factory farms, animals are crammed by the thousands into filthy, extremely crowded cages and warehouses. Because diseases spread rampantly in such conditions, animals are routinely fed antibiotics in order to keep them alive long enough to be slaughtered. Cows and pigs are castrated and have their horns or tails amputated ? and chickens are debeaked ? all without any painkillers. In abattoirs, automated lines move so quickly that animals are often dismembered or scalded while they are still conscious.

"Some people may think the idea of eating roadkill is gross, but it?s not any more disgusting than consuming the decaying flesh of factory-farmed animals who spent their short lives mired in their own waste and whose flesh could be riddled with deadly bacteria like E. coli and salmonella", says Poorva Joshipura, Director of PETA Europe. "If you must consume meat, the only ethical way to do it is to scrape it off the road."

For more information, please visit PETA.org.uk.

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