Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Horse Meat Scandal Anxiety

The horse meat scandal sweeping the UK has been racking my brain for the past few weeks. How did horse end up in the meat? Was someone knowingly putting horse in the meat? Were they killing horses to provide meat or utilizing readily available dead horses? Is there a secret horse killing factory? Are those responsible guilty of animal cruelty or fraud? What the hell does horse taste like? Can they send all the recalled meat to me so it isn't wasted? What about starving people across the world? Am I a bad person for not being phased if I eat horse or not?

Horse meat is now being traced in Ikea Swedish meatballs which has resulted in the halt of sales almost worldwide. Now, it's effecting my well being. Leave my furniture store meatballs out of this. You can take my freedom but just don't take my friggin meatballs. 

A new study suggests that a distaste for horse meat in the UK goes as far back as the Anglo-Saxon occupation of Britain in the 6th century. Horses appear to have been eaten at the time as their bones were discovered at settlement sites across England. Almost a third of the sites contained horse bones. Bones were found detached from the skull, suggesting that the meat was shared. 

The reintroduction of Christianity to Britain could have made this custom disappear, as Christianity was the major contribution in bringing the Anglo-Saxons out of their primitive ways. Pope Gregory III condemned consumption of horse meat as a "filthy and abominable practice." 

Horses were associated with various pagan gods in north-west Europe which led them to be eaten for religious reasons. This could have contributed to Britain's aversion to the idea.

The '2013 Meat Adulteration Scandal' started out as a mere hiccup but is slowly spreading and getting more bizarre.

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