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Idea: Open Source Law

The notion of Open Source Software is increasingly familiar to many of us.  Could the same logic which says "given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow"*  be applied in the development and implementation of our future laws?

The Meat Licence Proposal is being developed in public,  multiple versions are available to inspect and the public is invited to contribute and make changes - is The Meat Licence Proposal 'Open Source?'

Does it matter what happens to animals when they are dead?

If an individual walked down the street anywhere in the UK wearing this scarf it would not be long before they were challenged on the grounds that it is unfair for these dead animals to be used for clothing.

Does it make any sense to make a distinction between wearing dead animals and eating them?

The Real Deal

A signficant minority of people in the UK already choose not to eat meat.  Vegans, Vegetarians, Piscitarians (and so on) cite myriad ethical, political and health reasons for not wanting to consume the flesh of animals.

Another group of 'non-meat-eaters' recently encountered are those who won't eat meat now because they are uncertain 'where it comes from.' Having previously been consumers of meat, they are now suspicious of the integrity of the 'end-product.' 

Forbidden Jelly

In the cases of the Muslim and Jewish faiths, there are already many instances where the consumption of certain meats is prohibited.

In the Muslim faith only 'halal' meat (literally 'permissable') can be consumed - all other meat is prohibited.  Pork is forbidden outright - so the gelatine used in the manufacture of this jelly is likely sourced from by-products of the fishing industry.

Percy Pig Faces

It is good to see that these friendly jelly pig faces are quite clearly labelled - aside from glucose syrup and sugar, the next most important ingrediant is pork gelatine. 

The pig's skin, which gives these sweets their form, goes through a lengthy process of acid pretreatment, extraction in hot water, filtration, evaporation, sterilisation, drying and grinding.

Berlin Vegans

Whilst in Berlin, I saw this pavement demonstration by a Vegan group.   They were trying to make a very strong visual connection between the slaughtering of animals and the eating of meat. 

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