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Meat! - John C. Kirk

Sep. 24th, 2005

10:49 pm - Meat!

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One for the meat eaters here. Well, vegetarians are also welcome to vote/comment, but I can probably guess what you're going to say :)

Over on my main website, I've explained my reasons for going vegetarian. In particular, I realised that I had a double standard, where I didn't like the idea of eating things that were cute and fluffy (specifically cats) but I was happy to eat pigs/cows. Similarly, I didn't like the idea of haggis or sheep's eyeballs, even though intellectually I'm sure that it's no worse than the internal organs that go into the average sausage. So, I solved this by becoming more consistent in my views.

However, one thing I have noticed is that many of my friends tilt the other way. E.g. I've heard people referring recently to "Bambi, quackers, and [something] pie", i.e. deer, duck, and [something that I've forgotten]. In other words, they recognise what they're doing, and are comfortable with that, rather than taking my old approach of "La la la, I can't hear you!"

So, poll time. This isn't intended to sound at all confrontational, and I apologise if it comes across that way; I am genuinely interested to hear opinions on this.

Poll #576736 Eating cats and dogs

Would you be willing to eat meat from a cat and/or dog?

Yes (or at least I'd be willing to try it)
7(53.8%)
Maybe
0(0.0%)
No
6(46.2%)


For the purposes of this poll, assume that the animals in question were the equivalent of cattle, i.e. bred in captivity in order to be eaten, and not treated particularly badly (not pampered like household pets, but not kept in tiny cages either).

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From:rjw1
Date:September 24th, 2005 10:24 pm (UTC)
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although from what ive read they probably arnt that tasty. also they are slightly lacking in meat.

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From:sammoore
Date:September 25th, 2005 07:38 am (UTC)

I Have....

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I have eaten dog, while I was in Tibet. It looked like, and had the texture of, the sort of tough lamb you get in bad Indian restaurants.

I didn't order it, before anyone asks, it came as part of the only meal they served, a buffet on one of those roundabouts in the middle of a table.

It wasn't particularly unpleasant, just a little chewy.

I never found out what breed it was, probably not a pedigree though.
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From:karne_k
Date:September 25th, 2005 12:00 pm (UTC)
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as bob says, most comments i've suggest they don't taste very good, most carnivores don't. I'll happily eat deer, duck or kangaroo though.

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From:rjw1
Date:September 25th, 2005 01:44 pm (UTC)
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the extreme food book ive read suggestes that dog is best served in its own bile. this really doesnt fill em with much hope of it really tastign good.
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From:elvum
Date:September 25th, 2005 10:43 pm (UTC)
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I'm happy to be inconsistent. Not that I particularly care much about cats and dogs, but I wouldn't eat them for the same reason Muslims won't eat pork: it just seems disgusting and unnatural. Since I've been eating cows, pigs etc since before my opinions formed, it's perfectly natural and normal to me to do so.

The way I see it, to be human is to be inconsistent. There are some areas where I believe it's right to fight this (countering sexism and racism, for example), and others where I really don't care (such as this example, or the fact that I'm only likely to pick up hitchhikers if they're obviously climbers). This is itself an inconsistency, and I don't care about it either. :-)
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From:terpsichore1980
Date:September 26th, 2005 08:13 am (UTC)
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I like to think I take a more or less consistent approach with food (if not with anything else). I will try anything once as long as it doesn't involve mayonnaise and it doesn't look at me while I am trying to eat it. That means that I would (given the opportunity) try most things, haggis I quite like so bad example, but I would try eyeballs if called upon to do so, or (as in a book I was reading recently) bulls testicles if it would be rude not to.

That doesn't mean that I don't think "eww" at the idea, but then there are lots of foods where I choose not to think about the contents, anything pre-packaged for a start (flavour enhancers etc, eww).
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