I WATCHED two TV programmes last week – Channel 4 Dispatches and BBC Panorama – that dealt with the scandal about horse meat being found in many supermarket products.
It reminded me of when I was a teacher and the time we took a party of children to Le Touquet, in France.
While I snapped a boucherie chevaline (a butcher’s shop specialising in horse meat), I still remember the chorus of: “Yuk, gross, ughhh…!” behind me.
The journalists’ investigations on TV weren’t just about whether horse should be eaten; there were some awful revelations about the carcasses we saw heading for the dinner plate, which proved to be diseased and clearly totally unfit for human consumption.
Worse was the footage of cruelty in slaughterhouses, where terrified creatures, only partially stunned, were shoved into chutes like rubbish, before being turned into mince.
I suspect that many people are not simply horrified that they’ve been duped about the DNA of their burgers; it’s more that they’ve had to face a very unsavoury (ha) truth.
Whether it’s lamb, goat or horse they are eating, it is all the flesh of dead animals. When you are eating a lasagne that comes in a box with a pretty cheese-topped picture on the top, it’s easy to forget that.
It’s not surprising that this latest scare has resulted in a massive increase in the number of people finding out about vegetarianism and pescetarianism (a veggie diet that includes fish).
I had such a moment 23 years ago when I gave up meat for good. Mr F didn’t join me and remains a carnivore to this day.
He does risk the occasional Quorn sausage and, like many flesh eaters, enjoys veggie dishes when they have a bit of oomph.
Has the latest scandal put him off meat? No, of course not.
Have I ever regretted giving it up? Neigh…
I OFTEN switch on subtitles on the TV because some of them are so inaccurate it’s hilarious.
On a recent cookery programme, the chef said he was using a certain cheese; the subtitles revealed – rather topically perhaps – that it was called Mask a Pony.
Turn on those subtitles and let me know of any funny ones!
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