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Co. Dublin, Ireland
15 February 2013

The “horse burger scandal” rumbles on. A month on, it is apparently growing and spreading from one country to another.

In Ireland, the scandal is getting closer and closer to the Minister of Agriculture himself.

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

Vegan Ireland recognises that, for many, this is essentially a labelling issue, but if people are willing to eat the flesh of other sentient animals, why do they fuss 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, not in Ireland. Here, 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 the boundaries between these use categories become blurred. In reality, all this use of other animals is a product of the deeply speciesist culture in which we live and into which we are socialised.

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 the other 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.