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Quandary: Eat the horse or offend the host?

Quandary: Eat the horse or offend the host?

Old Jan 2nd, 2003, 03:00 PM
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since the taste of horse meat and beef are quite similar its aa problem of mind over matter. if yoou did not know it was horse you probably enjoy it. meat is meat so you may consider eating it with a different attitude you just might like it. i have eaten it severasl times in europe-frankly its quite good.
 
Old Jan 2nd, 2003, 03:11 PM
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Not Me
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Everyone has a moral obligation for what they put in their mouths.
 
Old Jan 2nd, 2003, 03:17 PM
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At last, I can eat chocolate because I am morally obligated.
 
Old Jan 2nd, 2003, 03:24 PM
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Most of the advice you've gotten centers around what you want. Your having asked the question shows you've already thought beyond that. Put the interests of your hosts above your own.

Raising the issue beforehand will force your hosts (if they're good ones) to go out of their way to deal with it. As if they don't already have enough going on!

Just do what feels right when the time comes.
 
Old Jan 2nd, 2003, 03:26 PM
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You are still morally obligated to your own body if you overeat chocolate.

And why should you put your host's interests above your own? If you don't feel right eating a horse, don't. It is simple, really.
 
Old Jan 2nd, 2003, 03:32 PM
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All of this advice is silly, Lisa. You said you were apalled by the thought of eating a horse. That settles it, why would you even consider eating something that is apalling? We are not cavewomen, don't even worry about it, think about what shoes you are going to wear.
 
Old Jan 2nd, 2003, 03:51 PM
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Above all you should not do something which you feel strongly negative about.

But that said - do you think your hosts love horses any less than you do?

Is eating them a worse fate than making glue out of their carcasses (as in USA and elsewhere)?

I don't know that I'd tell them in advance (as has been said above it's causing them more work to find an alternative for you) but simply eat just the vegetables (and other courses).

The only exception to this is if you are a guest of honour or something.
 
Old Jan 2nd, 2003, 06:35 PM
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Moral obligation to my own body? My goodness, it's my body after all? How about my brain, and the thoughts and appetites therein? They mine too? Lordy, lordy, who'da thunk it....
 
Old Jan 3rd, 2003, 03:40 AM
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I believe you already got the idea. Nobody will be offended if you just leave the horse meat but eat enough something else (potatoes, vegetables, bread, cold cuts, dessert). That way you show that you appreciate your hosts effort.

I adore horses, but I have also eaten horse meat. And believe me, it is good. Like something between beef and game.
 
Old Jan 3rd, 2003, 04:01 AM
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If you eat meat, eat the horse. Don't be silly. There are sweet cows and sheep and chickens that probably would rather not be chewed up either, and there are probably people who love them too.
 
Old Jan 3rd, 2003, 04:04 AM
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I would happily eat horse (have done on many occasions), but I wouldn't eat anything that wasn't "right" for me.

The French are well aware that horse is not commonly eaten in other countries and would hardly be suprised if someone demurred.

Also this is one of the few occasions when being an American is an advantage.

All Europeans have long since ceased to be suprised at the oddness of Americans. As such a (polite) refusal to eat/drink something will just be put down as typical American strangeness.

We wouldn't eat aerosol cheese. Chacun a son gout.
 
Old Jan 3rd, 2003, 07:43 AM
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Bonjour Lisa,

Not every Frenchmen eat horse, for dietary or sentimental reasons (my mom would kill me if ever I tried to serve her some). Your hosts will certainly already have met the situation and should not be shocked by your refusal to partake. Just tell your friend that you would rather have something else and there is a good chance that the menu include something you'll like.
 
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