I still can’t get over what was for me the most fascinating story of the week: eating horsemeat!
Yes, while nobody was looking, Congress passed, and President Obama signed, legislation ending the ban on slaughterhouses for horses for the purpose of human consumption, which had been in place since 2006. Those places could be open for business by Spring, and horsemeat headed for the dinner table – if not here in the States, in Europe, Mexico, and Asia.
The Department of Agriculture recommended bringing slaughterhouses back because they said, since they’ve been unavailable, there’s been an increase in fines for neglected and abused animals – and thousands of horses were being killed anyway, across the border in Mexico and Canada.
Still, the latest development does raise two questions. First, what kind of regulations will be imposed on slaughterhouses, so the process is handled as humanely as possible.
Two, will Americans ever accept horsemeat as an okay meal, right up there with beef, pork, goat, chicken or fish?
That will take a lot of time, education, and experimentation. But, having eaten horsemeat in Switzerland, I’m willing to bet: It won’t be long before, instead of a hamburger, you’ll be able to choose a horseburger – at half the price!
That’s my parting shot for today.