MasterChef contestants allegedly cooked endangered animals

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The capybara, pictured, or “world’s largest rodent,” is one of the animals that may have been used in the Masterchef episode in Ecuador. Photo:
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The meat was laid out on the wooden cutting boards of MasterChef contestants: shark, alligator, venison, and a slab of “the world’s largest rodent,” which the glamorous judge confirmed tasted more like pork.

While the chefs may be a bit stumped in creating delicious dishes, there was another issue on the January 3 episode of… MasterChef Ecuador. Environmentalists say that some or all of the meat It may have come from a protected species.

The outrage reached the environment ministries of both Ecuador, where the show was broadcast, and Colombia, where it was filmed.

The National Animal Movement of Ecuador (MAN for its Spanish acronym) issued a statement After the episode, which was broadcast, indicating that the consumption of these types of animals is prohibited in Ecuador, except in cases of subsistence hunters. The statement stated that “exceptions that clearly do not apply to the aforementioned offer.”

Mann claimed that it is also illegal to eat these animals in Colombia.

“We ask the producers of the show and the channel that broadcasts the show to explain where the meat of these animals came from,” Mann said in the statement.

“Dishes in these types of ‘shows’ seek to normalize the consumption of protected animals, the possession of which conceals the trafficking of wild animals and the destruction of ecosystems.”

MasterChef Ecuador is produced by Teleamazonas, a local radio station that licenses the format from the Paris-based global content producer and distributor. Bengai. Teleamazonas has not commented on the accusations and has not responded to emails from VICE World News with the posting.

The program’s Global Banijay Guidelines prohibit the use of meat from animals on any national or international list of endangered species and require all ingredients to be sourced sustainably.

As questions about the show surfaced, MasterChef Ecuador quickly removed the episode from YouTube — all 90-minute episodes are available for free — and edited the section using rare animals, then Repost the abridged version.

the man tweeted Excerpt from the deleted part From the episode where four steaks were brought to the contestants. The animals, mostly found in Latin America, are classified by their Spanish names as outcomeAnd vanillaAnd venado, And capybara, although it is not entirely clear which subspecies some meat was.

take over, a generic name used throughout South America for Certain types of sharks, often a file soft dog humping The shark, critically endangered due to over-exploitation. Tollo is also used to refer to about six other species of sharks in the area that are also endangered.

vanilla It is probably the amazing caiman species. while the vanilla was considered a Threatened species in the past Because its skins are mostly harvested, conservation efforts in recent years have helped the species return and it is not currently endangered.

venado-adire – is too broad a term to know exactly what subspecies it is, but Ecuador has at least Two types of deer This is Classified as endangered. capybaraCapybara, or capybara in English, is a guinea pig-like rodent that is not an endangered species, but is found primarily in the wild.

Ministry of Environment, Water and Environmental Transformation of Ecuador (MAATE for its Spanish acronym) issued a statement MasterChef Ecuador decried the use of animals in the show, saying that it “categorically rejects the promotion and dissemination of graphic or audiovisual content that encourages the purchase and consumption of wild species.”

Although it was filmed outside the country, it reveals a situation that could lead to the illegal consumption of wild meat. Read the statement.

Colombian Environment Minister Carlos Eduardo Correa announced this on Twitter Ministry Investigate allegations of meat used during filming.

“Trafficking and marketing of wild animals is a crime in Colombia,” Correa said.

MasterChef began in the UK in 1990, and has since produced dozens of international adaptations around the world, including in Ecuador.

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