Last week, Marc Vetri told us that he’d love to serve horse meat, adding, “Seriously, who decided what animals to eat and not to eat? Is a horse better than a cow or a rabbit? Really don’t get all the fuss.” On Thursday evening, he took to the Huffington Post to elaborate on the matter.
Lately, there has been quite bit of conversation revolving around the humane treatment of animals as it relates to my industry. And now, horses have found their way into this discussion.
“Who wants to eat such a handsome, intelligent animal as a horse? I mean, horses are the smartest animal.”
Well, actually — and here’s where one of those pesky scientific facts some people choose to avoid comes in — pigs are more intelligent than horses. That’s how pigs and boars thrive so well in the wild. They also have great personalities, and can understand fear and pain. But we can’t ride a pig. Our kids can’t hop on a pig and ride them like they can a pony. We can’t pump them full of steroids until their bones can’t even hold up their muscles and watch them run around a track really fast. We can’t train them to hop over hurdles, and run after little calves that we’ll rope up and then throw our hands in the air like we’ve done something monumental. Hell, we can’t even attach a carriage to them and ride them through the streets of Philadelphia. They’re just a dirty, rolling in the mud, dumb old pig … clearly not as important as the horse.
It sounds to me like the Hollywood of animal selection. Tall, thin and beautiful people are fawned over like they walk on water, but if you’re fat and homely, stay away, it’s just not gonna happen for you — you’re not special enough. It seems to me that the animals we deem to be stronger, more regal, and frankly, cuter, get preferential treatment in our society. Sounds like discrimination to me, and I’m not sure who gets to be arbiter of what’s good and what’s bad, and what’s allowed and what’s not.
Read the entire article, “Humanity and Justice for All“, on the Huffington Post.