Horse meat has been in the news. Seems, it’s turned up as hamburgers in England’s fast food restaurants. It’s showed up in tests on “beef” in Ireland as well. In addition, British supermarkets have pulled more than 10 million burgers from shelves, because they contained horse meat.
The crux of the horse meat outrage in Britain is food fraud. The horse meat was labeled as “beef.”
As outlandish as it sounds, horse meat could soon be on the menu in the U.S. According to a recent news report in World Net Daily, Peter McAndrews, a Philadelphia restaurant owner thinks horse meat is delicious and wants to share the delicacy with his customers.
“I am going to embrace horse meat wholeheartedly at Monsu, probably in the springtime,” Peter McAndrews, owner of the Sicilian restaurant, told the website FooBooz. Chef Marc Vetri says he doesn’t get all the fuss.
One may dine on horse filet Mignon in Montreal. Horse meat is legal there. Guess what? The horse on your plate probably was raised in Pennsylvania and exported to Canada for slaughter. President Obama lifted the ban on horse slaughter in 2011. (He ate dog as a child, so why not horse?)
Why Pork, Not Horse?
So why are we willing to eat pork, but not horse? What’s all the fuss? Is it only a cultural issue?
Perhaps there is more to this story. One must look critically beyond calories and protein. The Bible divides animals into two categories: Clean and Unclean. Is this food designation antiquated and unnecessary today? Or perhaps, is the “clean” and “unclean” designation is even more necessary as the earth has become polluted?
These are the animals you may eat: the ox, the sheep, the goat, the deer, the gazelle, the roebuck, the wild goat, the ibex, the antelope, and the mountain sheep. Every animal that parts the hoof and has the hoof cloven in two and chews the cud, among the animals, you may eat. Yet of those that chew the cud or have the hoof cloven you shall not eat these: the camel, the hare, and the rock badger, because they chew the cud but do not part the hoof, are unclean for you. And the pig, because it parts the hoof but does not chew the cud, is unclean for you.
The health explanation for Scriptural dietary restriction is relatively simple: The Clean animals are herbivores, eating vegetation, and have complex digestive systems. Their food is digested over time in multiple stomachs and they chew the cud. The Unclean animals eat the refuse from the earth and/or have simple digestive systems. Many, like the pig, were designed to keep the earth clean by eating dead and rotting flesh. What they ingest, in a matter of a couple hours, becomes their flesh.
So, why is horse meat any different from pork? It’s not. Both are unclean… unhealthy. Unclean animals are not “healthful”, not because of the protein or calories they may contain, but because their flesh contains the earth’s pollutants.
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