Giddyup, Dinner!

Congress and President Obama have managed to accomplish one thing together: legalizing the slaughter and human consumption of horses.

If horse meat catches on, it will be the first time in the U.S. that people will routinely eat animals who are commonly kept as companions. This will test the persuasiveness of the animal rights slogan, “if you love animals called pets, how can you eat animals called dinner?”

If it turns out that people can comfortably call the same animal both pet and dinner, then advocates for vegetarianism will have an even tougher time than they expected convincing people that meat is murder.

On the other hand, maybe all the little girls who ask for ponies for their birthdays will make the connection early on between the animals they love and the food they eat. Best case scenario: this cruel and gross law will create a new generation of vegetarians.

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