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Chef is getting grilled for serving pigeon on Masterchef Italia

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Animal rights activists in Italy are pissed off with celebrity chef and cooking show judge Carlo Cracco.

The Telegraph reports that on an episode of Masterchef Italia, Cracco served up “piccione a modo mio” or “pigeon my way.” Now, he is facing a complaint filed against him by the Italian Association for the Deference of Animals and the Environment. They have accused him of breaking a European law that bans the poaching and capture of protected birds, under the Birds Directive. Basically, they’re not cool with him farming or hunting pigeon’s for food –  or giving that idea to others.

It goes without saying that the group would not have the pursued the chef if he was cooking chicken, pheasant, or another legally raised animal that isn’t poultry. By publicizing this grievance (and others like it), organizations end up sending the message that it’s okay to kill other animals. With or without intention, they dictate which animals are worthy of protection and which are not.

The need to retaliate against a chef that cooks with animals should be met with vegan education. As I am known for arguing, the life of a pigeon isn’t more important than any other creature. If we hate the idea of killing and using them, we should focus our efforts on educating others, to help people make the connection that all animal use is wrong.

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