Jump to content

If you eat meat...
Would you eat any animal?


  • Please log in to reply
58 replies to this topic

#1 jo-v

Posted 12 February 2013 - 02:54 PM

There's uproar in the UK at the moment as horse meat has been found in a number of products. I can understand why people are upset as they didn't know it was there so it wasn't their choice to eat it.

Personally, while I wouldn't eat the low grade stuff that has been talked about (frozen lasagne, cheap burgers etc.) I would have no problem eating a horse steak.  I've travelled in Africa and eaten various game including croc and impala.  To me meat is meat, if you eat one animal whats the difference with eating another?  Dog and cat would make me hesitate because of the pet angle but if my life depended on it I would probably eat them....

For the record I don't mean I would go out and kill a random animal for dinner but if I was in a country where it was the norm to eat it, I would give it a try.

(hopes nobody from the pet forum pops in).

#2 steppy

Posted 12 February 2013 - 02:56 PM

Wouldn't bother me at all. I've heard of worse things than horses being in pre-prepared meals. There are animals I draw the line at - like monkeys, dolphin, whale - but lets be clear here - I mean, I draw the line while I am not starving and able to get food easily. I'm not sure where the line stops if I'm starving to death. I've heard of people eating week old roadkill under those conditions.

#3 ~sydblue~

Posted 12 February 2013 - 02:56 PM

I suppose depending on where you are, you adapt to the lifestyle and food choices there.
I would probably try anything if hungry enough.


#4 kpingitquiet

Posted 12 February 2013 - 03:01 PM

My sister was really distressed as she's a horse rescuer. Me, I have a hard time distinguishing between types of meat, ethically. I don't really have a problem eating anything that isn't endangered. I also have no problem going years without touching any meat at all. I DO take issue with "mystery" meats such as this. You should always be allowed to know exactly what is contained in your purchased food.

#5 DK3000

Posted 12 February 2013 - 03:02 PM

I think one of the issues with this scandal, though, is that the horses used weren't subject to the same standards regarding health and medicines used as beef cattle would be, so could pose a higher health risks than 'regular' meat.



#6 Feral-Lausii

Posted 12 February 2013 - 03:02 PM

I have eaten horse meat, very similar to beef. So no doesn't bother me.

#7 Guest_Sunnycat_*

Posted 12 February 2013 - 03:02 PM

I've been reading about this and don't get the uproar. I understand that the horse meat was contaminated though so I can see why people are upset about that. I can also understand beg upset at thinking you're eating something and it's actually something else.

I don't have a problem eating any animal animal....except my pets and endangered or "exotic" animals. I could never eat whale meat or a tiger.

So I guess I contradict myself, as I only would really eat farm animals and seafood.

Edited by Sunnycat, 12 February 2013 - 03:04 PM.


#8 Lagom

Posted 12 February 2013 - 03:03 PM

I don't see any difference between a cow and a horse (in terms of meat).  It wouldn't phase me at all if someone told me I'd eaten horse as I've already tried it in the past.  I would be angry though if it was mislabeled as that is deception/fraud.

The list of things I have eaten will probably see me lynch mobbed so I'm not going to go there.  wink.gif

#9 MrsLexiK

Posted 12 February 2013 - 03:03 PM

No I wouldn't, but I don't eat all animals anyway.  I eat some beef, chicken, fish, kangeroo, and have tried crocodile (If i lived somewhere north I would probably eat more crocodile when out at resutrants) I don't eat much pork, I don't eat lamb or veal.  I wouldn't try horse but it is probably because of the pet eliment for me.

#10 Ranunculus

Posted 12 February 2013 - 03:05 PM

Stupid question.. but why don't we eat horse meat? Do they not taste good?

#11 Comrade Borgia

Posted 12 February 2013 - 03:10 PM

was this in Britain? Id probably prefer to eat horse there than beef anyway...

I wouldnt eat cats, cause I like them....same as dogs. I wouldnt eat shark...but thats a weird "karma" like thing for me - if I dont eat them they wont eat me......(Im not pretending it makes sense!)

#12 Foogle

Posted 12 February 2013 - 03:14 PM

QUOTE (G.K @ 12/02/2013, 04:05 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Stupid question.. but why don't we eat horse meat? Do they not taste good?


Don't know about horse but I want to know why everyone (in my immediate family - DH I'm looking at you) have an issue with rabbit.

We were virtually raised on rabbit where I grew up.  It's fabulous and when I first visited my relatives in Germany when I was a young teen, what did we get for dinner for that first night in Berlin?  An absolutely beautifully cooked rabbit with mustard sauce and the most outstanding dumplings.

I have noticed that my local butcher is starting to stock a few rabbits and I've been buying them.  I luurve rabbit.

Anyone else a rabbit lover?  original.gif



#13 TheGreenSheep

Posted 12 February 2013 - 03:14 PM

Am I the only one who thinks when I see mass produced pies that they contain horse, goats and camels?? Another reason I dont eat pies as most of its unidentifiable offal. But thats totally unfounded, just the way my mind thinks.

And no I wouldnt be put off by eating horse meat. I have eaten a range of different animal meats. Id just like to know that its in my mince or burger etc.

#14 la di dah

Posted 12 February 2013 - 03:15 PM

For religious reasons, I'll eat beef/lamb/chicken, but not pork/kangaroo/horse. I'll eat salmon but not prawns. I would be pretty mad about the mislabelling.

I'm thinking of giving up meat altogether for the ease/assuredness of it, but I don't think of all meat as interchangeable.

#15 kpingitquiet

Posted 12 February 2013 - 03:15 PM

QUOTE (G.K @ 12/02/2013, 03:35 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Stupid question.. but why don't we eat horse meat? Do they not taste good?


To the best of my knowledge, it's kind of a leftover cultural thing from when horses were primary forms of transport and livelihood. You'd have to be pretty hard up to eat your car, right? So it just got programmed out of us. That and they are treated in a very personal/domestic fashion, not unlike dogs. Other cultures don't have the same taboos.

#16 TheGreenSheep

Posted 12 February 2013 - 03:16 PM

QUOTE (Foogle @ 12/02/2013, 04:14 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Anyone else a rabbit lover?  original.gif


Dont mind rabbit, just thought it was a tad funny to be served rabbit at easter, being the easter bunny and all, but no one seemed to bat an eyelid or see the humour in it. They all ate with gusto.

#17 liveworkplay

Posted 12 February 2013 - 03:17 PM

As long as it wasn't endangered and fit for human consumption (eg no harmful drugs etc injected) then I do not see the difference between cow and horse, guinea pig or dog.

I think the problem with the recent British scandal was that it was not stated. It's all cultural. Most other European countries would not have batter an eyelid at consuming horse.

#18 ~Supernova~

Posted 12 February 2013 - 03:18 PM

Hmm I'm not sure. I am happy to eat animals that are bred for food, not so happy to eat what in my head is a "pet". I love horses, so would prefer to not eat them lol same goes for cats and dogs. If I were starving and they were the only food source around? Completely different story.

#19 BadCat

Posted 12 February 2013 - 03:21 PM

I prefer to eat the standard cow, pig, chicken, sheep.  But I have eaten croc, ostrich, gazelle and roo.

I admit I do find it harder to consider eating cuddly pet animal types of meat.  I would if I were hungry and it was all that was on offer though.  Meat is meat after all.

Not rats though.  Don't feed me rat unless I'm on the verge of death because eeeeewwww rats.  sick.gif

#20 Gel_Bel

Posted 12 February 2013 - 03:23 PM

I have no problem eating different meats, some I like, some I don't. I'm sure if I was starving I would also have no problem hunting for meat...I have a problem buying something labeled as beef and it turning out to be horse. And worse still, horse which could potentially make me sick...

#21 steppy

Posted 12 February 2013 - 03:23 PM

I had an ex whose sister was a health inspector. This is why I do not eat dim sims and rarely eat pies etc.

#22 Meagan

Posted 12 February 2013 - 03:26 PM

I would not be happy with the labels not being correct, but I have no issue eating any meat - so far!  I've had shark, frogs legs, snails, goat, croc, kangaroo, rabbit, whicity grubs (I have no idea how to spell it! We had a large aboriginal population at our school & native foods was part of my education) along with the standard beef, pork, chicken, fish.  I'll try anything once, but I think I would not eat endangered animals.

#23 la di dah

Posted 12 February 2013 - 03:29 PM

QUOTE (Madame Protart @ 12/02/2013, 04:21 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
For religious reasons you won't eat kangaroo?  I saw the other day you said you won't eat meat and dairy together (is that right?) for religious reasons.  Is there a quick explanation you wouldn't mind sharing?


Quickest? "Jew." roll2.gif

Kangaroo isn't kosher. It has not got the required physical features for a mammal to be kosher, specifically cloven hooves AND chewing their cud. I don't honestly know if a kangaroo chews its cud but it has big ol' paws. Seafood has other rules. There are no kosher reptiles/amphibians.

Meat (well, red meat or poultry, fish is okay) and dairy aren't eaten together because of a commandment in Leviticus about it being [not the real term]A Large No-No[/not the real term] to boil a calf in its mother's milk.

I don't keep strict kosher, but I do avoid meats that would never be right, like horse/kangaroo/shark/prawns etc. where it doesn't matter how you prepare them, they're always wrong.

Sorry for the tangent. Anyway, mislabeling peeves me.

EDIT: Halal and kashrut (kosher rules) overlap but then separate again. Pigs are out in both, I think horse would be okay in halal though, and liquor is okay in kashrut.

Edited by la di dah, 12 February 2013 - 03:31 PM.


#24 Riotproof

Posted 12 February 2013 - 03:31 PM

From what I understand its actually that the horse meat hasn't been put through the same safety channels. They are worried about hormones and chemicals being present, as well as being misrepresented as beef.

Tbh, it not sure I would order horse at a restaurant, but if I visited someone's home and they served it, I'd probably eat it.

#25 Ice Queen

Posted 12 February 2013 - 03:32 PM

I lived in France so I don't even raise an eyebrow at horse meat.  It is sold in every butcher and on many menus.  It is however a 'cheap' meat and a lot of the elderly French eat it as it was one of the few meats they could afford during war and afterwards.  It isn't very appetising looking (a very dark, deep red) in the butchers so, no, it is not a meat I would choose.

For me it would be the mislabelling though and the UK is terrible for it.  When I lived there chicken fillets were found to be injected with pork fat to increase the weight and size of them.  That kind of behaviour from food manufacturers sh&ts me no end.




1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Ada Nicodemou: 'I can never be completely happy again'

Home and Away actress Ada Nicodemou has opened up about the loss of her stillborn baby.

10 things to consider when you're thinking about trying for a baby

Before you start tracking your menstrual cycle and reading up on the best positions to get pregnant, there are a few other things you may want to consider.

Baby Gammy's dad tries to claim charity money

The biological father of baby Gammy has reportedly tried to access charity money raised for the little boy's medical costs.

How special surgery and IVF can create a post-vasectomy baby

Cricket legend Glenn McGrath and his second wife Sara are expecting their first child together, thanks to IVF and a delicate surgical sperm retrieval process that helped the couple to conceive.

Belle Gibson's mother 'disgusted and embarrassed'

The mother of disgraced wellness blogger Belle Gibson has accused her daughter of lying about her childhood in an attempt to garner public sympathy.

Life On Mars

It's men who need 'retraining', not women

We are all responsible for our own behaviour. Telling victims to harden up is wrong.

Doctor's mobile phone 'left inside c-section mum'

A new mum claims a doctor left his mobile phone inside her after delivering her baby via caesarean section.

I'm a mum and I'm following my dreams

I want my kids to know that no matter what happens in life, you can still be who it is that you've always wanted to be.

Those first daycare days

I had this innate 'mum' moment the other day.

'If one person had listened, my life would have been so different'

Katherine's father will die in prison for the horrifying sexual abuse of his daughter. Yet she is the one with the true life sentence.

Couple to celebrate terminally ill baby's birthday in unique way

Baby Jai Bishop has lived at Starship Hospital for the past seven months, with his parents flying back and forth from Hokitika, 1100km away, to be by his side.

This new plan undermines breastfeeding and baby health at everyone's expense

Mothers, babies, the health system and the wider society are going to pay the price of this new budget.

Trying to understand why your baby is upset

Working out what?s underlying your baby's fussiness can be a case of trial and error. Here are a few common causes and how you can remedy each one.

When those you love judge your parenting

In today's society, never has it been harder to parent without judgment. But what about when judgment is coming from closer to home?

Don't play the victim blame game with family violence

It's not a woman's job to teach violent men how to behave.

11 truths about having two under two

When I told my mothers? group that my husband and I had started trying for our second baby they told me I was crazy. Now I can see why.

'How do you say goodbye to someone you've only just started to get to know?'

New mum Sarah Sutton was faced with a shattering scenario no person should have to endure.

It's a ... boy! Couple welcomes son number 13

"It's a boy!" That's the phrase Kateri Schwandt has heard in labour delivery ward for the 13th time in her life.

Six reasons to go for a walk

Can't find time to get to the gym? It could be just as beneficial to put your baby in the stroller and go for a walk.

Seven questions you should be asking about your health cover

If the last time you assessed your health cover was five years ago, there?s a chance it may no longer suit your needs. To ensure it?s still right for your family, click here for seven questions to ask.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Where are the childcare places?

It?s all very well to encourage women to work if they choose to, but how can the measures lead to increased workforce participation when women are once again left holding the baby?

The pain of not having babies and not knowing why

After seven years of wishing, hoping, crying, punching pillows and shouting "why me?!", the end result is more than I ever thought possible.

Getting your family finances in order

Whether you're after a new car for a growing family, a bigger house, or are just fixing up your finances, here are the basics on borrowing.

Mum shares graphic selfie to warn against tanning

A mum has shared a graphic photo of her skin cancer treatment as a warning to others.

Does parenthood make us happier?

We can certainly gain higher levels of happiness when we become parents, but the trick is to not get overwhelmed by the pressures of raising our kids.

No, having a dog is not like having a human child

It's obvious these people dote on their pets, but they're barking up the wrong tree.

Toddler styling

Seven things my toddler taught me about my home

My standards at home were never that high but having a two-year-old has taught me to be cool with chaos.

Australia's top baby names of 2014

The numbers have been crunched and it's official: Australian parents are having a bit of an 'O' moment.

How to set up the perfect nursery for your baby

You'll soon be meeting your baby, but you've got one big task to get done first: setting up a comfy, calming nursery you'll both be able to enjoy.

Childcare rebate: tougher rules for stay-at-home mums

A new form of activity testing will be introduced to ensure the highest subsidies go to parents who contribute the most to the workforce.

The women who desperately need more support in pregnancy

For women suffering from chronic morning sickness or hyperemesis gravidarum, pregnancy can be the roller coaster from hell.

When labour doesn't happen and you're induced

I never actually went into labour - so by 42 weeks I was booked in for induction.

Mum's grief for triplets inspires change

The death of Sophie Smith's triplet baby boys has motivated the half-marathon mother and her team to raise $1.25 million for charity.

The best advice for treating head lice

Just like a horror movie ... THEY'RE BAAAAAACK. So what works in treating and avoiding head lice and nits?

Overdue and over it

A watched womb never labours ... or at least mine didn't.

Parenting an early walker

Watching your child take their first wobbly steps is one of the best parenting highs you'll ever experience. But with that high comes a new reality.

Baby-led weaning worked for us

My baby wasn't interested in food - until we tried something new. Now she's eating it all, and it often comes from my plate.

'Paralysed bride' becomes a mum

Rachelle Friedman Chapman was preparing to marry the man of her dreams when tragedy struck four years ago.

 

Top baby names

Baby Names

The numbers are in and we can now bring you the 2014 top baby name list for Australia.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.