There has been so much media coverage this week about the horse DNA being found in several supermarkets’ products. We all agree that this is unacceptable; firstly, we’re being sold something that has been described incorrectly and secondly, equine meat is illegal for human consumption in the UK.
For some time now, eating meat has been something I have felt uncomfortable with. I can’t even really explain why; it is not to do with my love of animals because, other than my own dog, I’m not an animal lover and I completely understand that farming is a business. I just feel inhumane eating meat, it doesn’t feel natural to me any more.
I’m trying to think where this all began. It started out after telling my Mum and her friend that me and my boyfriend had been for a meal, it was Indian or Chinese, and they were joking about it, saying how what I ate wasn’t chicken and that the chef had taken his gun out first thing in the morning and brought back pigeons, or seagulls to cook with. I never actually believed this, it just made me wonder how likely this was. About now things started to change, and for the most part, I wouldn’t eat meat unless I was sure I knew what it was. I have not eaten meat from a Chinese restaurant/takeaway for years. A friend of mine told me about how a few years ago they found the carcass of a dog in the bins of a Chinese restaurant just a few minutes walk away from where I live. I have no idea whether this actually true or not, but I almost felt as though I ‘knew’ that this was going on all along, this was just confirmation.
I’ll very frequently opt for a meat free dish at any restaurant, unless it’s steak which I thought I loved until last week when it just didn’t feel right what I was eating. At home, I never cook meat, I’m on a budget and it’s expensive (unless you’re buying those infamous Tesco burgers…), I don’t trust myself to cook it properly, and finally, I don’t enjoy eating it.
For these reasons, I have decided to go meat free for good. Vegetarians usually really annoy me, especially when they talk about animal cruelty. I’ve got a friend who gave up meat just a couple of years ago solely to lose weight and now she talks about how vile eating meat is, etc. This annoys me no end.
Despite feeling this way for quite some time now, the horse meat scandal has definitely been the catalyst in my decision. By nature, I’m not very trustworthy, and this has made me think that, in regards to food, TRUST NO ONE.