There is no real logic as to why plenty of Britons are perfectly willing to eat cows, pigs, and chickens, but see horses as taboo, according to Dr Roger Mugford, an animal psychologist who runs the Animal Behaviour Centre. “I’m a farmer and there is an irony. Why are horses different from pigs and lambs?” he says. Part of the reason is people frequently see horses as pets, and humans tend to put “extra qualities and values” on animals they call pets, he says. (via BBC News - Why are the British revolted by the idea of horsemeat?)
- “It enables us to have yet another point of difference with the French,” says Gray. “Beef has long been symbolic of Englishness and therefore anything we can do or say to put British beef on a pedestal is usually done - ergo the thought that the French eat horse while we eat good beef becomes a chauvinistic way of asserting national identity,” she says.
- Gray, who lived in France for three years, says for her, it is completely natural to eat horsemeat as it was sold at her local butcher. “I am far more concerned with where the food is from. I would far rather eat ethically sourced, well-cared for horse, than battery chicken, for example,” she says.
Most brits aren’t revolted by the idea of eating horse. Journalists say they are, but they’re not. Give us more horse! And don’t waste those burgers!