A friend posting a comment about her dismay with the lifting of the ban on the use of horses for slaughter had me scouring the internet for this quote from Jonathan Safran Foer’s book Eating Animals:
The French, who love their dogs, sometimes eat their horses.
The Spanish, who love their horses, sometimes eat their cows.
The Indians, who love their cows, sometimes eat their dogs.
While looking for that quote I also found this blog post about the chapter of that book that spawned the quote. It’s worth thinking about why some animals are OK to eat and others not.
… which reminds me of another quote that stuck with me from Michal Pollen’s book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma:
Eating meat requires a Herculean act of unknowing
My end-run around all that cognitive dissonance and ethical duplicity has been to largely leave it all behind.