Below is a letter written by my daughter Maddy in reaction to the broadcast of “Serious Andes” on 24 February at 5pm. We sent it to The Age, The Green Guide, Media Watch and the ABC Complaints Department. So far the only response we have had is from Media Watch, who said they will take a look at the offending program:
On Tuesday 24 February at 5:00pm, there was a show on the ABC called “Serious Andes” on which they were killing and eating guinea pigs. In children’s TV time! With no warning about it or anything! It’s like killing a dog on TV! Lots of people have pet guinea pigs including us. My younger sister cried madly and was also very upset – as I am. I would never watch another episode.
“Cute and fuzzy animals”, she cried. “Why would you kill and eat them just for a TV show? Evil, evil, evil.” (Mia loves her guinea pigs).
I find it very inconsiderate to put this on a children’s TV show on without warning.
Maddy Schütz-Beaton (aged 10)