I hate to say it, but I will . . . I told you so about Princess Anne and horse meat. She is in favor of slaughtering horses, believes Britain needs more of it and now adds that Brits should develop a taste for horse meat.
Check this out.
- (CNN) — Princess Anne’s suggestion that Britons need to reconsider their reluctance to eat horse meat was “brave” and reflects a sad decline in horses’ value, the head of a horse welfare charity says.
Addressing the World Horse Welfare conference Thursday, Princess Anne — Queen Elizabeth II’s daughter and the organization’s president — suggested that making horse meat more valuable might lead to better treatment of the animals.
The Olympic equestrian referred to the transport of horses from countries such as Poland, the source of some horse meat, saying many horses left looking “absolutely wonderful” but suffered in transit.
“It’s worth noting transport of horses itself is the problem — not the horses or indeed the way they were brought up,” she said.
“If that’s true then and they value their horses — they look after them well because they’re in the horse meat trade — and it’s the transport that’s the problem, should we be considering a real market for horse meat, and would that reduce the number of welfare cases?”
The princess suggested that “our attitudes to the horse meat trade … and the value of horse meat might have to change.”
“I chuck that out for what it’s worth because I think it needs a debate,” she said.
She noted that Britain’s attitude to horse meat was not universal. “As I was reminded, not so long ago, by somebody who’d traveled in France, the most expensive piece of meat in the local butcher was a fillet of horse meat,” she said.
I admit I was smirking when I read the quotes attributed to World Horse Welfare chief executive Roly Owers who looked to me as if he were trying to backpedal the Princess Royal’s statements supporting horse slaughter.
World Horse Welfare — the International League for the Protection of Horses in their previous incarnation — works to make the road to slaughter better, but don’t seem interested in protecting horses from the act of slaughter.
Wyeth had to go to England to get a so-called horse protection group to say that what they did with pregnant mares and their foals in order to produce Premarin was not abusive. That group was, you guessed it. The International League for Protection for Horses, now called World Horse Welfare. I wouldn’t want to be a horse in a world where they are in charge of my welfare.
And what about the ideas here attributed to Princess Anne in the Huffington Post?
- The queen’s daughter, a former British Olympic equestrian competitor, says creating a market for horse meat may improve the welfare of horses because owners would take better care of them if they had more value at the end of their lives.
So horses are not worthy of good care if you can’t get something more out of them, even when they die? And you make this statement at a world horse welfare group you head up?
You should be ashamed ma’am.
And I have a very strong feeling this is not going to be very good for British trade and tourism.