Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall: “Let them eat puppies”

Hugh's gone veggie - and he says eating pigs is no different to eating dogs...

TV cook, campaigner and newly-converted vegetarian Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall says people who eat pigs should be prepared to eat puppies too.


“In principle, but not in practice, I have no objection to a high-welfare organic puppy farm,” Fearnley-Whittingstall told the Radio Times.

“You can’t object, unless you also object to the farming of pigs. It’s an artificial construct of our society, a cultural decision, to make pets out of dogs and meat out of pigs: both animals could be used the other way round.”

Fearnley-Whittingstall is about to launch his new Channel 4 show, River Cottage Veg, in which the notorious carnivore swears off meat and fish for six months, sharing enticing vegetarian recipes instead.

“I enjoy all aspects of cooking,” says Hugh, “but like many chefs I’ve been lazy about veg. Meat and fish are tyrannical and dominate so much that anything else becomes a supporting act. The minute you put meat and fish aside you become much more creative with your veg.”


Read the full interview with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall to find out why he’s not a TV chef and why he wouldn’t go stateside like Jamie and Gordon. The new issue of Radio Times magazine is on sale now.