themidnightclub You could argue that cows and pigs and chickens are companion animals because they’re all very intelligent and some people keep them as pets. The animals we eat and don’t eat are just a reflection of the culture we are raised in.
Also one of the main reasons why we don’t eat certain animals is because Christians don’t eat them because pagans ate them and it is therefore considered “barbaric” I.e. Horses
Other cultures eat animals we don’t eat because it’s normal for them.
Source your post girlfriend, no one takes ‘your word for it’ on the internet. So, I’ll just ignore that Christian comment until you source it.
(Also, we don’t eat horses because they were more valuable as work animals and transportation. You don”t ride cows into battle, or have sheep pull plows.)
Companion animals, dogs, are animals that have been domesticated for thousands of years, not for food or livestock, but for companionship. If your making the claim that a dog is the same as farm animals, because some guy somewhere has a pet pig, then you need to read up.
(Historically, we value the lives of livestock less than that of companion animals. And it’s a total ethical argument, and though I do dislike self-righteous vegans, I do ethically agree with them that intensive farming is cruel and wrong)
You should really be more educated about what you eat.
If you were in Guam for instance, they eat bats. Should you eat bats when you’re there? No, you should fucking not because they’re fucking endangered, don’t be an asshole. How about shark fin in China? Or beluga caviar in Russia? Elephant meat in Africa? No, somethings you don’t eat because you’re educated enough to know better, unless you’re not, and you choose to be ignorant and or an asshole. Which you might be, as you seem to relish the thought of eating Lassie.
Just because other people are doing it, doesn’t mean it’s right and you should do it as well.
Actually the reason we don’t eat horses (in the west) comes from a few different places. The religion thing is right (to some extent) but it’s primarily the cited reason in Northern Europe. Two separate Popes instructed Saint Boniface to instruct new converts to Catholicism to stop eating horse meat because of its obvious links to the Germanic Pagan tribes (horse meat was the main source of food), and as many Pagan tribes refused to give up eating horse meat it became a more important change for new Catholics. x (Note: I can get on to this through my University but I’m not sure if it’s free or not - I’ll look for another link just in case).
Right up until the late 1800’s there was a Papal Ban on Horse meat. Also, horse meat is forbidden by Jewish law and discourage by Islamic - so religion could come into why we don’t eat horse meat there, but perhaps not so much in the west.
Horses were also seen as a status symbol in Scandinavia and were only ever killed as sacrifices to the Gods (Norse) so when Scandinavia was Christianised eating horse meat was seen again as a symbol of Paganism and was strongly discouraged, the reluctance to eat horse meat in Scandinavia today stems from this (8th Century) clash of religions.
As to why the majority of the west doesn’t eat horse meat - that comes from Britain. Before the Roman invasion of Britain we were a nation of ‘horse worshippers’ and consumption of horse meat was simply not done. Followed then, in Britain, with the widespread use of horses as working animals meant that horses use was not as a food source. Also, tied in closely, is Britain’s military past, which, for a long time, was tied closely to British cavalry regiments. Horses use, and at times perceived valour, on the battlefield could not be rewarded with a butchers knife and the British people became attached to horses the same way we became attached to dogs and cats. Through the British Empire that closeness to horses spread to virtually all English speaking colonies and those attitudes remain today.
Another reason the English speaking world doesn’t eat horse meat has more recently been speculated to be due to the old rivalry between English and French. Anything and everything was a point of contention between the two (and often still is) and as horse meat was, in France, not at all taboo it became in the eyes of the British media (and people) a symbol of ‘French barbarianism’ (going back to the days of barbarian/pagan = eats horses) and as such was countered in England with the ‘civilised’ consumption of cows. The taboo simply spread to the rest of the English speaking world.
Humans (and other animals that consume meat) tend to stay away from carnivore meat where ever possible due to the higher levels on contaminates and toxins within the actual meat. It’s more a primal thing than an emotional thing, rarely are carnivores consumed by their killers in the wild (e.g. lions/hyena, wolf/bear, etc will kill but not eat each other). Also, historically cats and dogs had a purpose to humans (dogs=protections, cats=environment free of disease carrying vermin), much like horses and, like horses keeping them alive was more important than a single meal.
However, unless OP meant non-endangered animals, ‘eating what the locals eat’ is not the best option, especially considering the damage it could cause on the local ecosystem.
Belated reply on this, but thanks for the info!
Never noticed that livestock were mainly herbivorous animals vs omnivorous or carnivorous. Very enlightening!