Why are some animals okay to eat and others are taboo?
I'm not really trying to cause the fur to fly, so to speak, with this question, but it's something I really don't understand. Recently in North Texas there's been a big deal made about a slaughter house that slaughters horses and ships the meat to France for humans to consume. I don't get it. Some people felt it was wrong, wrong, wrong to consume horses, and that this plant should be shut down because of the cruelty of it all. Huh? Why is it cruel to slaughter horses, but not cruel to slaughter cattle? Why do we react with horror at the cultures that eat dogs when we think it's okay to eat lamb? Why do we make these distinctions? I really don't understand. I guess to me killing an animal for it's meat is just that - killing an animal for it's meat. If one is horrified at the killing of one kind of animal for it's meat, why feel sorry for a different kind of animal if it's killed for it's meat? Do people think of some animals as extentions of themselves, so that killing that animal for it's meat is a form of cannibalism? Could that be it? I really don't know. To me, there is no difference. A living creature is a living creature. I don't begrudge people that choose to kill animals for their meat, but I do wonder why they are horrified at the thought of killing horses or dogs for food but not cattle, sheep, goats, chickens or fish and whatnot.