Fans of Channel 4 were left in shock and horror as the first episode of Skint Britain: Friends Without Benefits brought us a decapitated rabbit.
The brand new series will air every Wednesday night for three episodes in total, focusing on how residents of Hartlepool were forced to cope when the roll-out of the new Universal Credit system was brought in last year.
Specifically, Nathan claimed that he didn’t have enough money for food, and went about rabbit hunting in a local forest with his dog Twister during episode 1.
Was this a cunning method for survival? Or the needless killing of a harmless animal?
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Skint Britain: Rabbit Hunting
Skint Britain: Friends Without Benefits episode 1 saw Nathan, girlfriend Abbey and their dog Twister set out to the woods.
However, this was no ordinary stroll in the park. The pair set out to scavage for food, skinning and eating any animal that Twister could catch.
Woodland pigeons were previously mentioned as a staple food by Nathan, although on this occasion Twister came back with a rabbit.
You go out with your dog and your dog catches your food for you. Happy days. He gets me to skin it, gut it and cook it. If you were starving and you had had nothing at all in your freezer, a quick 10-minute walk around the field and we’re coming back bunnied up.
New three-part series #SkintBritain : Friends Without Benefits starts tonight at 9pm. In this clip, starving and penniless unemployed 20 somethings Nathan and Abbey take their dog Twister into the fields around Hartlepool to hunt wild rabbit for their tea pic.twitter.com/3U2VGnSlzq
— Channel 4 Press (@C4Press) February 13, 2019
You shouldn’t have to worry about food but you can provide yourself with some scran.
On Twitter, there were mixed reviews to Nathan’s method of providing himself with some “scran”.
Some felt that the hunt wasn’t needed, pointing out that pair still had enough money for fizzy drinks and cigarettes.
They also pointed out that food banks should have been the first point of salvation as opposed to hunting.
Maybe if they didn't spend the money on booze they wouldn't need to hunt rabbits. #skintBritain
— Gemma Molyneux (@MolyneuxGemma) February 13, 2019
flabergasted by this young couple hunting rabbits out the woods for their tea 😂🤦🏽♀️ yet sipping on cans of monster and smoking (not cheap) whilst they do so lol 🙄 #SkintBritain
— abbs (@abbielouxoxo) February 13, 2019
Having to catch rabbits to eat but spending almost £10 on each pack of fags. Ridiculous. #SkintBritain
— QueenB™ (@TheQueenB76) February 13, 2019
Others were keen to point out that it was no different from someone at home eating a meat-based meal at the time.
It just so happened that Nathan caught his own food, as opposed to a farmer or fisherman doing the job for him.
They also felt that sympathy was being misplaced and that we should feel sorry for those having to hunt for their food and not the rabbit.
#skintbritain People are getting upset because a bloke is catching rabbits with his dog to eat, what do you think turkey dinosaurs are made out of, lettuce? Get a grip, bloke is hungry so he is feeding himself whilst saving money. It's all a set up for the cameras anyway.
— ShinPad (@ShinPadNP) February 13, 2019
People caring more about rabbits welfare than people suffering in universal credit and for what? They suffer needlessly and cruelly.
If you have no money you must eat.
It shows how Britain is sinking back into ancient history when peasants ate anything they could.#skintbritain
— Milton Dunmow (@dunmow_m) February 13, 2019
The debate raged on, with many viewers simply dumbfounded by the casualness of the process.
Find a rabbit, kill a rabbit, skin a rabbit, eat a rabbit – and almost all in the comfort of your own living room.
#SkintBritain I cannot believe she’s just skinned a rabbit in the front room on her coffee table.
— Alison Hilton (@AlisonHilton1) February 13, 2019
— Darren J. Statham (@DarrenJStatham) February 13, 2019
Bloody hell! 😳Skinning a rabbit caught by the dog! #skintbritain
— sharon wilkinson (@sharryw63) February 13, 2019
Skinning the rabbit on the lounge coffee table. As you do. #skintbritain
— Dysaniac (@kpanter57) February 13, 2019
Whatever your opinion, there are two more episodes to help make up your mind!
WATCH SKINT BRITAIN EVERY WEDNESDAY NIGHT ON CHANNEL 4, AT 9 PM.