Brits are upset that horsemeat has found its way into their Blimpie Burgers and Bloomberg News asks why. Lots of Europeans feel a little coltish now and then and from Belgium to Italy, from France to Vienna, chowing down on Old Naggy seems to hit the spot.
The author suggests that we don’t shoot horses here because they were once too valuable as transportation, but that doesn’t make much sense to me – surely even the French could figure out how to ride, and use hors douvers. Greenwich residents may remember when, early 70s? – a horse meat shoppe opened at the Riverside Shopping Center and quickly shut down after furious protests from Black Beauty fans. My father, who knew lots of things like this, told me that Anglo-Saxons worshipped the horse and so didn’t eat them, while the Frogs worshipped Bridget Bardot. Makes sense to me, and I’m sure Bridget approved of the arrangement.