Fury as Harvey Nichols sell tinned Reindeer meat as Christmas delicacy (but that's not stopped it selling out)
By Rob Cooper
19th December 2011
Harvey Nichols was today slammed by activists for selling reindeer pate as a Christmas delicacy.
The £15 product is described on the tins as an 'indulgent winter treat' coming from a 'farm-raised relative of Rudolph'.
But campaigners were urging the store to ban the product as it 'exploits wild animals'.
OK, who's game ?
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So, "wild" farm-raised deer. Much like the deer farmed all over the world including in the UK (mainly for antler velvet for the vital purpose of helping guys get boners).
1. If it is farm-raised, there is no exploitation of "wild animals"
2. And if it was wild:
a) this is no different to all the other wild game of various species that is sold in the UK
b) if we look at humane farming initiatives, such as the RSPCA's Freedom Foods campaign, many recommendations point to improving animal welfare by reproducing to the fullest extent the conditions under which animals live in the wild. It can be argued that wild animals enjoy a better life, therefore it is more humane to eat them rather than factory farmed animals.
Also, why should a wild animal have greater rights than a farmed animal of the same species or of a comparable species?
I think the hoohah derives from the Rudolph references. It is mixing the killing and eating of animals with a cosy children's song, made all the cosier because it relates to a cosy family-centered holiday.
This makes people feel uncomfortable, in the same way that eating horses makes Anglo-Saxons feel uncomfortable, and eating cats and dogs makes the vast majority of Caucasians feel uncomfortable.
Most meat eaters, and I include myself in this, are hypocrites. We do not want to make connections between cute fluffy baa-lambs, calves with huge limpid eyes etc and the roast on our plates. We go through all sorts of mental acrobatics to avoid this. Now someone is making a connection between a tin of pate and a reindeer who has a name, appears on Xmas cards and other Xmas stuff. People are feeling uncomfortable and thus are reacting in what is actually a very illogical manner.
According to the rest of the article,"The pate, which is also available on Amazon, has been produced by a west London company called Edible.
So who will write about it as Amazon will be selling it?
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Edible dot com is the company that brings us gourmet delicacies such as:
Kopi Luwak/Civet coffee - the unique taste supposedly derives from the fact that the coffee beans are swallowed by civets and then painstakingly picked out the civet droppings by Sumatrans
Toffee-flavoured candy containing an edible scorpion
BBQ worm crisps, good for you because oven-baked not fried, and apparently taste like popcorn
English Worm Gin: genuine English gin infused with a genuine English earthworm, which makes a tasty snack once the gin is finished
If you think I am having you on, look at the site!
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