Delicious alternatives reduce slaughter of animals

2013-03-18T00:00:00Z 2013-03-18T19:39:06Z Delicious alternatives reduce slaughter of animals nwitimes.com
March 18, 2013 12:00 am

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?

Fortunately, delicious soy and grain-based meat alternatives are available in every supermarket.

- Dale Innis, Gary

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