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Drawing line between pig, horse meat is ethically hypocritical

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Posted: Saturday, March 9, 2013 4:30 am

To the Editor:

Do we pet horses or eat them?

Last week, food safety officials in United Kingdom, France, and Sweden found traces of horse meat in ground beef sold across Europe. Massive recalls and lawsuits are ensuing.

Can it happen here?

Horse slaughter for human consumption was banned in the U.S. between 2007 and 2011. But now, a New Mexico slaughterhouse is getting approved by U.S. authorities to slaughter horses for human consumption, and a Philadelphia restaurant has already announced plans to serve horse meat.

I marvel at our hypocrisy of rejecting the notion of horse or dog meat on our dinner plates, while condemning cows, pigs, and chickens to the same fate.

Obviously, we have established special relationships with horses and dogs as our companions, protectors, and sports protagonists, rather than as food.

But where is the ethical and logical distinction, given that all these animals are endowed by individuality, sentience, and an ability to experience the same feelings of joy, affection, sadness and fear that we do?

Fortunately, our health food industry has spared us from having to choose which animals to pet and which ones to eat. Their delicious soy and grain-based meat alternatives are available in every supermarket.

Mark Gifford

Killeen

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1 comment:

  • Dr Strangelove posted at 8:46 am on Sat, Mar 9, 2013.

    Dr Strangelove Posts: 403

    I agree with part of your letter it was hypocritical to ban horse meat from human consumption since it's leaner than beef. I laugh at the hypocrites that get mad when Flipper gets caught in a fishing net but doesn’t care about Charlie the Tuna.

    But where is the ethical and logical distinction when people care more about dogs, horses and fish than humans? When the animal rights crowd starts getting upset about the abortion mills in this country then I’ll listen to these hypocrites.
    [angry]