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Food Perverts

I was watching tv round at a friends the other night & the program 'Could you eat an elephant?'

What a program this was, two esteemed chefs,  one of who runs a restraunt called the 'St John' which has 'nose to tail' attitude to eating animals.

They made the interesting point that its a bit odd that we in the uk only tend to eat the meat of four animals.

Pig, Cow, Sheep, Fish.

So they decided to explore cuisine around the world, meeting people with less limited tastes than us.

My mates made two interesting comments.

1) S said that as a Muslim, my religion says I am not supposed to eat anything, if the thought of eating it makes me gag.

2) J said I can't believe that they are eating horses, horses are so noble.

We got into a bit of an argument/debate about that last comment, started to ask ourselves why feel so close to some animals & not others. J Said that it was maybe a something to do with the service that animals such as horses & dogs, have given us as we have evolved together.

As we catogorise which animals would need which licenses, should the meat licence treat killing & eating all animals equally, no matter how squeemish it makes us feel?

Will there be a spectrum from pets to ugly bastard animals?

 Who are the food perverts? The dirty foreigners or us?

An Interview with a Pig Killing Vegetarian

The Meat License Proposal: Podcast No1

I was chatting with a friend about the Meat License a few months ago, when she said that she had a friend who would be interested in the project.

She said, "Well he's a Veggie, but he went off on some eco-holiday-trip to an island, and ended up killing a pig, in the name of ecology."

'Wow', I thought, 'he would be great to interview for the Meat License Propsal'.

I couldn't have made up a more interesting case study to look into the idea of someone being unexpectedly compelled to kill an animal.

If someone who has lived as a Vegetarian for years, can kill an animal, then what can their experience give to those of us that will be faced with killing the animals that we want to eat in future?

Pig Killing Veggie

Recently a friend told me about a friend who, although vegetarian for over ten years, had killed & eaten a pig whilst working on an ecological project on a tropical island.

I have arranged to meet him to conduct an interview about this experience, which will be posted on the website as a podcast early November.

This is a man who has experienced killing a pig with his bare hands, and for ethical reasons.

What would you like to ask him about this experience?

What would you like to discuss with him in regard to the Meat License?

Grassroots Authoritarian

Thinking about the Meat License lately I have been struck by how paradoxical it can appear.

Grassroots Authoritarianism?

We want to work as a 'community" to develop a law, on a grassroots level, in as open (source) a way as posible, to develop a law, which will then be zoomed up above us, to apply to everyone in quite an authoritarian way. No-one will be excempt, law breakers will be punished.

How can we use this?

I think it is useful to think of the implementation of the law as being on a continuum between fascism and voluntarism.