A recent BBC story ponders the following: Is it really all that terrible to eat whale meat while dining in Japan? And if that’s so bad, how about the following bits of grisly business?

I thought of halal abattoirs where cows are killed by draining out their blood, of fish impaled on steel hooks in the open ocean, of deer caught in snares waiting only for the relief of a huntsman’s bullet, the peeled but still twitching frogs that I had seen in a Bangkok market years before.

One correspondent’s gustatory dilemma provides a solid jumping-off point for considering the cultural biases that often define what makes a particular sort of animal taboo to eat—or the daily special.

Incidentally, word on the street is that horses are scrumptious.

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