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Co. Dublin, Ireland
17 January 2013

The world seems to have imploded on the apparently remarkable news that dead animals have been found in beef burgers.

Vegan Ireland’s reaction to the revelation that horse flesh has been located in some meat products is: what difference does it make?

If people are willing to eat the flesh of other sentient animals, why the bother over the species? Of course the answer is cultural. Horses are not generally seen as “food animals” – that is not the use we put them to. In Ireland, horses are associated with transportation and sport and not with beef burgers.

“Many people seem to have a functionalist view of other animals. We love some as family members, we eat a range of others, and we use others still in forms of entertainment. Confusion and upset is caused when these boundaries between these use categories become blurred. In reality, all this use of other animals is a product of the speciesist culture in which we live. If people are going to think twice about the horses in burgers, I hope they’ll begin to think once about the cows and all animals used by humans,” said Vegan Ireland press officer, Dr. Roger Yates.

For interviews on a vegan animal rights perspective on horse burgers, please contact Roger Yates on 086 100 6763 | 083 391 2018.