|A Big Moke?|
It now turns out that what we thought was horsemeat might in fact be donkey meat - a fraud within a fraud. Will this abuse of our trust never end? I fear not. Yet all is not bad news.
I am diametrically opposed to all forms of organised religion, as readers of my blog are probably aware. For me, religion is nothing more than an insidious means of controlling our thoughts and actions based on the non-existent rewards or punishments to be reaped in a completely unproven afterlife, while our spiritual "leaders" wheedle money out of our pockets. This money would evidently be better spent on the material comforts of our present existence and, if we have money to spare, on the comfort of those around us.
Strangely, therefore, I find myself in the novel position of shopping in halal butchers' shops. At least there I know that lamb is lamb, that beef is beef, that chicken is chicken and that (were they to sell it, and please forgive my ignorance) horse is horse. This is a guarantee far greater than that of our local supermarkets because the halal butcher would not only be risking his profits but his very soul if he sold non-halal meat to his customers. In fact, as far as quality and price goes, the beef that I have bought there is better by far than anything to be found elsewhere in the city, as indeed is the service.
There are quite a few halal butchers here in Seville. Unfortunately, as far as I know, there are no kosher ones. If there were, I would probably go there too.
|Second time round?|
On an ecological note, now that we have discovered that we have been unconsciously eating horse and donkey meat, perhaps we should now consider eating kangaroo. I am not being facetious - when I was a child in the early 1960's in Liverpool we often had tinned kangaroo stew and it was delicious - like beef but a lot cheaper. Numerous studies have shown that kangaroos do not fart methane and therefore do not contribute to the greenhouse gases in the same devastating way that beef cattle do. The meat is also a lot leaner and, as a result, healthier. If we eat unlabelled horse and donkey, then why not labelled, cheaper and environmentally-friendly kangaroo?
The only problem with halal and kosher butchers is that they obviously do not sell pork, and what non-Muslim carnivore doesn't enjoy their bacon, pork chops, sausages or cured ham? At the moment, I think that the present substitute meat scandals do not apply to pork.
... What do cannibals call human meat?
Perhaps we need to start checking up on our crematoria. I hope I am only speculating wildly. Soylent Green, anyone?