You must watch this:
Words fail me.
You must watch this:
Words fail me.
terrible! what on earth will we see next!?
This video is reasonably old and he did get a bit of a telling off in the press for it
Hi. This video seems to imply that so long as one doesn't charge for the Ortolan experience (can't serve them in restaurants, Mr. Clarkson made a flourish of not paying for it etc...) that it was perfectly legal. Can this be true? What are the EU conventions re: hunting and consuming songbirds? In North America for 3/4 of a century, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act forbids any instance of harrassment or killing of nearly all bird species on the continent, except birds specifically exempted, such as introduced species and listed "game" birds so long as they are not endangered. So it's surprising to me to see people blithely eating sparrows on TV...Whatever idiocies America perpetrates on the world, this does not seem to be one of them.
I thought that it probably was old footage (I had not seen it) but it came up on the Yahoo "Western Palearctic Birds" newsgroup site this morning where several people were complaining about the ethics of the BBC ever showing this in the first place.
It reminded me of an article written by Sophie Grigson (well known cook and daughter of even better-known cook Jane Grigson) in one of the broadsheets quite a few years ago now in which she waxed lyrical about having eaten a whole Ortolan Bunting in France and then went on to give the recipe and cooking instructions. She was heavily lambasted in the press for doing so, and it seems that the incident was her "undoing" (career-wise).
I am a great fan of Clarkson (one of the reasons why I buy the Sunday Times) and know that he is actually an environmentally responsible person who is interested in birds and has managed his estate on the Isle of Man to encourage the return of the Corncrake. He also hates Bill Oddie which I find quite an endearing feature of his personality! When I first viewed this piece of video my initial reaction was that Clarkson was being an absolute tw@t, but after watching it again, and thinking more about it, I realised that he was just giving the Froggies enough rope with which to hang themselves.
P.S. Wasn't that woman sat at the table the most detestable person you have seen in a long while?
This is a BIG topic. The European Union law on wild bird protection and conservation (the "Wild Birds Directive") is in disarray mainly because individual member states of the EU are adhering to their own local laws and "culture" (a misnomer if ever there was one!) and blatantly disregarding legislation laid down by the European Parliament - the situation in Malta is perhaps the worst and most publicised example.
It is not legal to trap, cook, sell or eat Ortolan Buntings, but who is to stop this practice?
In Sicily the illegal mist-netting of millions of migrating passerines is now such big business (since a trapped bird is more valuable than a shot one - if you have ever seen a Song Thrush killed with a shotgun you would realise why), and the demand for these delicacies in Milan and other parts of northern Italy so great, that the business is controlled by the Mafia.
I didn't know they drown them in Armagnac to kill them so they don't suffer too much. I would gladly pay for a vat of Armagnac to watch Clarkson suffer the same fate.
Second thoughts, make that Three Barrels, Armagnac is too good for him.
Third thoughts, make that creosote.
(A few python references there to show I can have a sense of humour even in the face of adversity)
Who is he?Jeremy Clarkson
A big fat jerk