I could eat a Horse

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Princess Anne has put the following statement out for debate.

‘”Should we be considering a real market for horsemeat and would that reduce the number of welfare cases, if there was a real value in the horsemeat sector?”

Now, I’m not a ‘horsy’ person but I do like the creatures, but then I also like Cows, Sheep, Pigs and Chickens. They are lovely, especially in a sandwich. So I would have no real problem with eating Horse either. That’s just me though; I think there are a couple of problems on a larger scale with the Princess Royals proposal.

One problem with selling Horse meat in the UK supermarkets is there are many people who wouldn’t eat it on principle. Our culture on this some what differs from our neighbours in France who eat horses in the same manner as other livestock.

The general public’s reaction to the horsemeat scandal was a curious one. There were some who said ‘what do you expect when you buy cheap meat’, there were others that found it all quite amusing.  Some were outraged at the fact we had been misinformed on the label of a packet beef burgers as to what meat we were eating, while others seemed to not see that as the point at all, and were just disgusted that they had eaten a horse.

I think that this last portion of people would be quite high one and the others still might have an issue adjusting to having horsemeat around. A lot depends on what level it is pitched, if it is sold as mid to high value as an indulgent meat, it might just work. However if it is sold as low value everyday meat, I reckon people might see it as bit dodgy. I mean ask your selves what happened to Rabbit in supermarkets, used to be everywhere, cheap as chips, but it is a well loved animal and ever since ‘Watership down’ was realised there’s been a steady decline until it was no more, except in a butchers. Think how many sentimental movies there are about Horses.

The other problem is the welfare of the horses. Would they be better cared for if the owner knew they would get a good price for them in meat? Maybe. This depends on how they are farmed. Country-file has looked at the pros and cons of cows being completely free range versus being predominantly indoor creatures http://www.countryfile.com/countryfile-tv/adam-hensons-farm-talk-where-our-food-comes-part-one-milk . Having them outside all the time seems the nicer thing to do, but there is the argument that they suffer from more disease and mishaps. While indoors they would be more cramped, but they get a more balanced diet and kept at regulated temperatures.

I should be interested to see what others have to say on this. Although it is possible Princess Anne was just having a laugh with us all, for after her statement she said

“I chuck that out for what it’s worth because I think it needs a debate.”

Interesting use of the word ‘chuck’ there Pun-cess Annie. Did you know Chuck is a type of cut from horse meat?
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Horse around with Sudo One’s blog and see what it ‘chucks’ your way.

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About residentweebler
Short Story Writer and Opinionated observer. Visit my blog for all this and more. https://theresidentweeble.wordpress.com/

One Response to I could eat a Horse

  1. SudoOne says:

    Mmmm horse.
    Not sure how I feel about this, having chucked out a load of cheap Tesco’s burgers at the time. I have ridden horses in my time, and I have had pet Rabbits, so I guess I wouldn’t feel too good eating them.

    Got a lot of time for Princess Anne, so I won’t make any horse faced comments, cos that wouldn’t be fair.

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