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Eating the whole animalPosted at 12:05PM, 18 February 2008 by Gregg Wallace - TV presenter, greengrocer
Instead of a nation of animal lovers, are we becoming a nation that's actually scared of animals? What I mean is, are we scared of whole animals? Does the whole beast fill us with terror?
I look at the packets of meat in the supermarkets and I see loads of legs of lamb and the odd shoulder. Where is the rest of the beast? The same is true of the pigs. Where do the ears and the tail go? Are we seriously just eating loads of pig belly and chucking the rest away? If so, this is definitely a sign of complete disrespect for the animal.
I'm a big fan of offal, kidneys, hearts and brains. I realise I'm in a minority. Many is the time I've discussed my love of offal with people to find them wincing or screwing up their face with distaste. It really amazes me, who many people swear they could never eat offal, then happily tuck in to a plate of sausages or a hamburger.
Again, I have to ask, is it because neither the burger, nor the sausage, reminds them of an animal?