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Friday 17 November 2017

I hate all cruelty but Rachel need not fret about birds for pot

POOR old Rachel Allen's cooked up a nice storm.

The Ballymaloe chef posted pictures of herself on a shoot, with dead game birds on the bonnet of her SUV.

The anti-hunting brigade are -- pardon the pun -- gunning for Rachel as a result.

Now I abhor any form of cruelty -- like that most pointless pursuit, foxhunting -- to defenceless animals.

But I am a countryman too. There is nothing wanton about killing pheasants, for example, to throw in your pot at home.

My advice? Don't worry Rachel, many of the begrudgers are, I'm sure, for the birds. How many of the outraged tucked into Christmas turkey last week?

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