What next … Quarter Pandas ?
Posted by Big John on January 18, 2013
How we British love a good ‘food scare’, but the latest is rather a big fuss about nothing, for as far as I know horse meat does not poison you or make you ill. In fact, I believe that it is one of the most nutritious red meats you can eat, high in protein and low in calories.
Yes, I know, everyone is getting their knickers in a twist about horse meat being ground up with beef (and Gawd knows what else!), but they don’t seem to be too concerned that it will end up in a bun which contains more preservatives than an ancient Egyptian mummy.
If you eat pigs, cows and sheep why should you shy (Oops !) away from eating the cooked flesh of a horse ? Come to that, if you eat rabbit, why should you not eat rat or squirrel ? All over the world people eat all sorts of mammals, birds, fish and even insects, and I’ve eaten some very strange food in some very strange places.
In many countries horses are seen as agricultural and food animals. Here in the UK, they have, to a large degree, acquired pet status, and the thought of munching on the minced remains of old ‘Midnight’ or dining on dear dead ‘Dobbin’ (I wonder if Daisy the Donkey qualifies as horse meat?) is just too much for many of us to stomach.
I’ve just read that 10,000,000 burgers are to be destroyed. What a waste ! Why not put them on the supermaket shelves marked with the a standard type warning on the packaging …
… “May contain horse” !