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The Great British Food Fight

News Section Icon Published 19/01/2009

Channel 4's Food season has kicked off. Here is our guide of the best of the bunch - and programmes that we predict will pack the hardest punch for animal welfare.

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Jamie Saves Our Bacon

Thursday 29 January, 9pm

Moving on from chickens and hens this year Jamie Oliver is highlighting the worst of Europe's pig farming. With a special appearance from Compassion in World Farming's patron Joanna Lumley, this programme is set to complete the Food Fight in style.

Read more about the State of Europe's Pigs and watch videos from our undercover investigations which took place in 60 pig farms across the EU.

Watch Jamie Saves Our Bacon online here.

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Chickens, Hugh and Tesco Too

Monday 26 January, 9pm

This compelling programme revealed what happened when Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall attempted to change Tesco's policies of selling intensively reared chicken.

Compassion in World Farming features in the programme and has been instrumental in helping Hugh launch his campaign to give chickens a better life. You might remember that in June 2008 we helped to raise the £86,600 demanded by Tesco to bring Hugh's resolution to their AGM, and provided scientific research and investigative footage to validate Hugh's argument.

We also campaigned for consumers to raise their concerns with Tesco and placed adverts in national newspapers to encourage shareholders to support the resolution. Since then, we've been working together with Hugh encouraging the food industry to put high welfare standards at the top of their agenda.

Tesco fought our campaign all the way and the resolution was defeated, but following the failure of 20 per cent of shareholders to back the company's position - an unusually strong protest at a FTSE 100 AGM - Tesco began talks on chicken welfare.


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