Burger King Admits to Tainted Meat: Have You Tried the New Horse Whopper?

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Burger King has finally admitted to “probably” serving meat tainted with horse, after repeatedly denying that any of their patties contained traces of horse DNA.

No, there’s nothing illegal about serving horse meat, so long as you say it’s horse. But all the King’s horses were being passed off as beef, so it’s rather scandalous. (At least it was all the King’s horses, and not all the King’s men, ya dig?)

Fortunately, most reading this will find that they’re exempt from eating a meat source which is most popularly used in dog food, as the horse meat scandal is allegedly only an issue in Great Britain. This is probably because we never run short of overproduced cattle in North America. The Burger Kings on this side of the world serve top-quality, low-grade beef. The best low-grade beef they can mash into a patty, freeze, then flame-broil to that tasty, grilled flavor.

Because this is the second horse meat scandal in the past month, I’m curious to hear some thoughts from the Manolith readers. Is there something taboo about eating horse meat? Or, if you’re a meat eater, should it fall into the category of “so long as it tastes good, I’ll eat it?”

Call me a hypocrite, but something about eating horse just doesn’t vibe with me. I was raised around them and I just wouldn’t be able to roll with eating horse, dog, cat or anything that has become relatively domesticated. Having said that, if you’re a big fan of horse meat and have some stellar BBQ recipes, I could probably be swayed.

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  1. Just so you know: horses used for the production of horsemeat are not raised for that purpose, unlike cattle, sheep and pork. You cannot buy “young horse meat”. All horse meat you buy is old horse. There’s a reason for it: because of the extra lean qualities of horse meat, it is very tough and nearly inedible when the animal is in its prime, but as the animal approaches the end of its life, the meat gets better.

    So, in a sense, eating horse meat is considerably more “ethical” than eating cow, or pig, or sheep, all of which are raised from birth to be eaten, and are killed either in their youth or their very early adulthood, for food.

    The horse meat you eat is from an animal that lived a long, fulfilling life.

    And a coincidence: we had horse meat burgers last night for supper. They’re delish.