Sunday, December 20, 2009

Markets in one less thing

Reuters informs us that Horse is "falling off restaurant menus" in France:

"Many people love horses and traditionally, many French people have loved them even more with a side of salad. That passion, however, has slowed to a trickle in the last couple of years as crisis-hit French consumers buy less meat and years of campaigning by animal rights groups take effect.

Consumption of horse meat has fallen 12 percent in the last two years and currently makes up less than 1 percent of all meat consumed in France, the ministry said in a report.

And while only a few years ago horse meat was relatively easy to find, now it takes more time to track it down.

"Horse is indeed a French dish, but you'd be very hard-pressed to find it in any restaurants now," said the chef at restaurant Le Central in Paris, adding: "There's so much publicity against it.""

I guess Mr. Ed can finally visit Paris, eh?


David G said...

There was a nice JEP piece on the economic implications of repugnance a few years back. It contrasts California v. France in terms of acceptance of horse meat. As I point out to my students, California had a ballot initiative to ban horse meat a few years back -- 61% voted for the initiative, while only 39% voted "neigh."

br said...

This begs the question: Are US policies to prosecute Chinese food restaurants for serving dog/cat meat just a way to keep the SPCA relevant?

Speedmaster said...

This does not bode well for lovers of shell cordovan shoes.