17 May 2011

Gordon Ramsay eats beating snake heart, draws jeers from animal rights group

Gordon Ramsay’s stint as an animal welfare crusading pirate was very short lived albeit most of us really didn’t take his venture into activism that seriously in the first place. In January news that one of his restaurants featured endangered eel on its menu ended Ramsay’s run as a shark hero now the Michelin starred chef is under fire for ingesting a live snake’s heart on his TV program Gordon’s Great Escape.

The incident takes place at a restaurant in Vietnam that serves cobra, apparently live cobra.

Prior to indulging, Ramsay is warned that he may feel the heart of the snake beating in his stomach. Boy I am glad I already ate lunch.

Needless to say the UK-based animal rights organization Animal Aid was not impressed by the stunt.

"It's an awful and vicious thing to do to an animal and Gordon Ramsay is complicit in it,” Animal Aid director Andrew Tyler told Starpulse. He's made sick entertainment out of this animal's suffering to make himself look interesting but I think he's just an inadequate creature."

In all honesty is this occurrence any worse than patrons eating foie gras, veal, steak et al served at Ramsay’s restaurants worldwide?

Maybe it’s just a cultural thing.

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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