Meat

Manure at Ramsay's

Gordon Ramsay has had a pile of manure dumped outside his restaurant in protest at his liking for (and cooking of) horse meat burgers for a TV programme. Whilst my first reaction was to think of other 'celebrity chefs' who might benefit from a similar treatment (naughty of me, I know) - I did wonder what the objective difference between horse and cow meat is, or horse and lamb etc.

If the argument is that 'all meat is murder', it's extreme but self consistent (as long as the proclaimer realises the hypocrisy should they ever need medical treatment) - however, if the argument is 'you can cook a cow, but not a horse', then I don't understand in any objective way.

It's not that I'd love to eat horse, I don't think I would (though Kangaroo used to be sold at Tesco, it was tasty). I just don't understand the objective difference between that and beef, the difference which makes one acceptable and the other wrong.

Kangaroo Meat

There is a movement to rebrand kangaroo meat so that people aren't upset at eating skippy? Excuse me? The Kangaroo is culled anyway, why not eat it? Calling it a Skippyburger won't appease the people who say it is cruel (whilst hypocritically tucking into a Big Mac). Surely the bigger wrong is to cull them and NOT use the meat?

If someone is totally vegetarian, then as the Australians say, good on them, it is a self consistent position, but a carnivore getting squeamish about Skippy? Puh-leese! As for carnivores, if the kangaroo was an endangered species, there would be an argument - perhaps.

Surely it would be better for the ecosystem if Aussie farmers farmed the roo instead of the sheep?

A few years back Tesco stocked both Ostrich and Kangaroo, they were excellent meats, and very lean. On more than one occasion I'd overhear a fluffy bunny type would say something about being cruel (whilst buying their battery farmed chicken).

I do accept that the culling method may have been undesirable, I don't know. However, if someone does not have a problem with meat A, then logically meat B should be okay too (if the meat is obtained humanely).

As a result of this, I can no longer buy Kangaroo (I live in the UK). I would like to... it was nice. So, rebrand all you like - and lets see it back on the shelves in the Supermarket! It's good eating.

If anyone does know where good kanga cuts can be obtained in the UK, do pass on the information.

Guinea Pig

Peruvians have come up with a new breed of Guinea pig, which is larger and meatier. They hope it will help to convert the world to one of their national delicacies.

'The new breed is said to be meatier, tastier, high in protein and low in fat and cholesterol.'

Logically, I have no problem with eating a Guinea pig. Rabbit, chickens, sheep are all eaten - why not Guinea pig? However I still have a slight instinctive thing against it as I associate Guinea pigs with the school pet from when I was five (his name was Indigo, and we made Guinea pig forts out of giant lego-like bricks)

I'd try it though, depending upon the preparation requirements. Nevertheless, I doubt that it'll appear in Tescos any time soon.

Tesco used to stock Kangaroo, and it was great. However every time I went past it, I heard some member of the fluffy bunny brigade saying 'Aww, that's really cruel' - shortly before they picked up a cumberland sausage. Tesco stopped stocking Kangaroo. Farmed Ostrich disappeared too.

In Australia, Kangaroo are shot for population control. I'd rather the carcasses were sold off as food than left to rot.

Hmm, that's prompted a thought. There is lots of stuff at the moment about Bush meat, i.e. Gorilla, Chimpanzee, Lion. Perhaps the solution isn't to ban Bush meat, but to farm it? We're not gonna see the cow go extinct any time soon, are we?

I can see the slogan now: 'Save a Gorilla, Eat one today!'

Note: the Bush Meat thing really is not a serious suggestion - on an emotional level I find this to be not acceptable due to the closeness of primates to us (I don't have this problem with a lion though!). On purely un-fluffy grounds, it is undesirable due to the higher probability of transferring diseases across species.

Puts me in mind of something seen on a can of fish:

TASTY DOLPHIN
FRIENDLY TUNA

Vaguely reminiscent of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon?