Second series of Kill it, Cook it, Eat it to focus on young animals

A second series of the controversial show Kill It, Cook It, Eat It returns next week – this time investigating the slaughter of young animals.

Veal, milk-fed lambs, kid goats and suckling pigs will feature in the BBC3 programme which aims to bring together two moments the public have separated – the death of young animals and the consumption of their meat.

Each programme will examine the reactions and emotions of an invited group of guests including meat lovers, farmers, vegetarians and restaurateurs.

They will watch the young animals being butchered and cooked, before deciding whether to taste what they’ve seen slaughtered.

The first programme looks at suckling pigs. The audience will watch the piglets being taken from their farm in North Yorkshire at eight weeks old, see the slaughter process in full and learn more about the rearing of suckling pigs abroad.

They will also meet a Spanish restaurant owner who has recently started selling Spanish sergovia suckling pigs between two and three weeks old.

Kill It, Cook It, Eat It asks how these animals are raised, where they come from, how they are killed and gutted, should taste take priority over the welfare of the animal and, ultimately, how young is too young when it comes to eating baby animals?

The first series of Kill it, Cook it, eat it was screened in March 2007 and was praised by the farming community for the positive way it showed meat production.

However, the prospect of the second series has alarmed some producers who feel that the focus on young animals is deliberately emotive, particularly when these production systems are not mainstream.

Kill it, Cook it, Eat it will be screened on 7 January at 10.30pm on BBC3.

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