Horse meat shock? What about the other animals?
I AM sure many readers will have been shocked by revelations about horse meat being found in beef burgers at several national supermarket chains.
However, it does throw up some other questions, including why the thought of eating horses repulses us but, as a nation, we think nothing of eating cows?
What really is the difference between a horse and a cow? Or a pig, sheep or chicken for that matter? All are sentient animals that value their lives – lives that are routinely cut short.
With farmed animals, it is as soon as they have reached their slaughter weight at just weeks or months old.
In the case of dairy cows, they are sent to the abattoir once their milk yield drops.
This is not to say that horses do not suffer.
The Vegetarians International Voice for Animals has campaigned for years against the trade in live horses, which are forced to endure gruelling journeys from Poland to the slaughterhouses of Italy.
However, if the thought of eating horse troubles you, please spare a thought for the 958 million other animals killed for the British dinner table last year.
If you care about animals – all animals – then the best way to show that is to simply stop eating them.
Viva! campaigns manager