There’s been a great deal of fuss made over the horsemeat scandal and I’d like to throw my two cents in; this whole thing is ridiculous. Don’t get me wrong, I love horses, they are beautiful, elegant creatures and I wouldn’t be caught dead eating one…. But meat is meat, an animal is an animal, and if you can’t taste the difference when you bite into it, who cares? I know eating horses is taboo, but that’s really the only discernable reason as to why this seems so outrageous. Any rationale based on anything but personal feelings doesn’t hold up. Many scientists would agree that pigs are smarter than horses, yet we don’t seem too broken up over slaughtering Babe’s grandbabies, so the intelligence argument is clearly moot.
Besides, in spite of the outrage at franchises substituting horsemeat for beef, did you know that horsemeat is actually more sustainable than beef? Cows are constantly burping and farting methane (a toxic gas more dangerous to our atmosphere than CO2); horses do not. This fact alone is enough to sway the argument in horsemeat’s favor. So my apologies, but if you are striving to be an eco-friendly meat –eater, which is an uphill battle as it is, you’re better off ditching the beef and embracing horsemeat.
That being said, I do not condone false advertising or corporate trickery, and I wholeheartedly believe that people deserve to know what they consume, especially with regard to food. The reality here though is that the meat industry is shady and if you are not consuming the meat of certified grass-fed organically raised animals, you are always going to end up with more than you bargained for in the way of strange additives (ammonia, antibiotics, horsemeat, etc.).