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Unless they were being sold solely as 'beef' burgers I can't see the problem. I used to walk past a horse meat butcher every day on my way to school (Surrey Street Market in Croydon) so it's hardly a new phenomenon. I suppose these days, wot wiv 'elf 'n safety, hands have to be thrown up in horror at anything different. Reminds me of the millions of the Kenyan green beans that were taken off the shelves by Tesco because they weren't all the same length.
My initial reaction Nellie was exactly the same as yours, and i agree that it is hypocritical to eat some animals and not others. However on reflection I think there is a difference in eating animals like horses and dogs and cats that we have bred to have a different purpose, and in so doing have caused them to develop a trusting bond with humans. It is unlikely that these horses were bred in herds destined for the dinner table, and many may have been loved and loving companions who through no fault of their own ended up surplus to requirements. I find it disturbing that we have such a disposable attitude towards animals
I get that point but are they always branded as beef "burgers." or burgers.
Can they brand them as beef burgers if there is just a certain majority percentage of beef and put in other stuff as required? I suspect they may and that only 100% beef would not have anything else added. As a veggie I don't know these days.
It would not surprise me if some manufacturers did just brand them as as "burgers"! I suspect that a lot of people would probably not notice the difference unless they were on the look out.
I will look on some packets next time I am in the co-op
The venison burgers we eat contain some pork as well. Fine with that, and it says so on the packet. Happy to eat horse burgers too. So long as food is farmed compassionately (see CIWF - Compassion in World Farming), and slaughtered humanely (not by some ridiculous religious ritual), I'll eat whatever passes for good food.
I thought that most supermarket meat was Halal these days, because they don't want the cost of buying from two different sources. Perhaps you could check that out Bags. In France, many supermarkets have a designated Halal counter and freezer. I have eaten horsemeat in France, and found it just a bit tough. Whale meat, which we had during the war, was horrible.
For me it is a trade descriptions issue. If I buy burgers or sausages I look very carefully at the percentage meat composition and only buy things that have the highest meat content. if I picked up some burgers that said 219% horsemeat I wouldn't buy them. I heard a senior Tesco bod on Radio 4 this morning. He was trying to make out that Tesco 'trusted' their suppliers and it was the supplier's fault, not Tesco's quality control's fault. Yeah, right. What about the customers' trust? I hope they get fined many millions of pounds and I am glad I now have a really good reason never to buy stuff from them again.