Ryan Tubridy has defended the farming segment on Friday night’s Late Late Late Show, insisting it did not endorse animal cruelty.
Viewers bombarded Twitter with criticism about the show, which featured newborn lambs in the RTE studio. The baby sheep were placed in a carousel-type contraption, which was used to demonstrate an invention which makes tagging lambs on farms much more humane.
Responding to the outrage on his Radio One show this morning, Ryan admitted: “Visually it certainly was very odd looking to city, urban types.”
He continued: “If you’re from a farming background the feeling would have been that’s how it works.
“In fact if you spend your time on your hands and knees chasing lambs around it’s very difficult to try and tag them and care for the lamb a humane way. The idea is to take the pain out of all of that.
“What happened was people get concerned for the fairness and the kindness of it. I get the feeling there’s an urban/rural divide on it,” he added.
Meanwhile, Ray D’Arcy has yet to have his say on his interview on Saturday night with Making a Murderer lawyer Dean Strang, which has been widely slammed by critics.
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