On October 25, TIR filed a complaint against the program "David Rocco - Süsse Indien-Küche" with the Swiss-German SRG ombudsman's office on the basis of articles 4 and 5 of the Federal Act on Radio and Television (RTVA). During the program, the cook and host David Rocco demonstrates how crabs are "cleaned" in Goa (India) before being cooked. The crab's claws are thereby torn off and their shell removed while the animal is still alive and conscious. View the sequence described here
This "cleaning" method causes the crabs extreme pain and suffering and is legally considered an act of animal cruelty in Switzerland and is punishable according to article 26 of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA). In its complaint, TIR criticizes the fact that the program fails to critically point out the obvious animal welfare-related relevance of the crabs' treatment. On the contrary, David Rocco, enthusiastically describes the "cleaning" of the animals as a challenge, while removing its claws and shell while it is fully conscious. In TIR's opinion, this uncritical portrayal of animal cruelty violates the requirement laid down in the RTVA, according to which radio or television program content "may not endanger public morals or glorify or trivialize violence".