COUNTRYFILE fans went crazy over its latest episode after a segment about deer culling was included.
The presenter, Adam Henson, presented a report on the damage that deer had affected local farms, but it didn’t go down.
The BBC presenter detailed how the pandemic has had a direct impact on venison consumption, with Britons consuming less venison over the past year and a half.
According to Adam, this has resulted in fewer people hunting the animals and their numbers increasing, much to the chagrin of local landowners.
The presenter said on the show: “Their meat, venison, I think is delicious.
“However, during a pandemic with restrictions on eating out, the amount consumed is much less.”
“This means a lot less deer are being hunted and their populations have exploded,” he continued.
Adam interviewed landowner Mike Robinson, and this conversation is what excites viewers of the show.
Mike manages a herd of deer on a massive 35,000 acres in the south of England and says he believes: “The deer population, in the last 20 months alone, has probably increased by 30% across the UK.”
When Adam probed to see how this could be remedied and “how to control those numbers?”, Mike shocked fans with his answer.
He replied, “A professionally trained deer handler with a rifle. That’s the most humane way to do it. ”
The comment did not go well with viewers, who immediately took to Twitter to share their thoughts.
One person wrote: “So this week #countryfile is promoting deer shooting from a guy who just sold venison while pretending to be about land management. This show is incredible.”
Another added: “”Oh my god. The deer caused ‘devastating’ on the farms so we needed to shoot them. What? “
They continued: “Havoc is knocking down some oilseed rape stalks? Taking lives.”
“The BBC is calling on someone with their own monetary self-interest in venison eaters to convince us that we need to shoot and eat venison for their own good. Spectacular. #Countryfile” , another agreed.
A BBC spokesperson said: “Countryfile is a topical programme, and this episode explores how deer populations have exploded since captivity to the detriment of farming, forests, diversity. biology and welfare of the deer themselves.
“The program has explored a range of humanitarian and environmental-focused solutions that can help address this issue.”
Countryfile airs at 5pm on Sunday on BBC One.
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