18 January 2011

Gordon Ramsay and Jamie Oliver offer but then remove endangered eel from menus

According to The Sunday Times, celebrity chefs Gordon Ramsay and Jamie Oliver both had been offering European eel as a menu option at their restaurants but have since removed the endangered creature after being contacted by the paper.

In 2008 the European eel was deemed endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature after experiencing a 90-percent drop in population over a 30 year period.

So it appears Ramsay’s run as a shark activist and international man of adventure on his Channel 4 show “Gordon Ramsay: Shark Bait” didn’t affect his stance on serving endangered creatures— or creatures of any standing for that matter.

The same can be said of Jamie Oliver, who hosted a special on the same UK network that touted sustainable seafood.

Ah yes sustainable the new buzzword that makes killing creatures by the droves acceptable.

Speaking of which, the company that supplies the restaurants in question claim the eel they peddle is indeed sustainable, apparently rendering the endangered tag null.

Femke Nagel of Greenpeace disagrees.

The organization’s head ocean campaigner claims sustainable eel does not exist since suppliers utilize species from the wild.

Eric Fortney | @elfortney | email
Eric is the co-founder and executive editor of the animal rights and eco-friendly news source, This Dish Is Veg. In addition to his work at TDIV, Eric is a father of three, runner, and lover of the outdoors.

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