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PostSubject: Supermarkets in Britain under fire for selling reindeer meat   Mon 15 Nov 2010, 6:05 pm

I don't see what the big deal is. As much as I try to eat less meat, I admit I just can't do it and carribou, if you've ever tried it is delicious. I don't think I could ever become a vegetarian, too hard for me. The first time I tried it, I was in my teens. I went on a school field trip to the Arctic and I stayed with an Inuit family. My exchange partners family had carribou every night for dinner. Embarassed


http://www.windsorstar.com/life/Supermarkets+Britain+under+fire+selling+reindeer+meat/3829504/story.html

LONDON - A supermarket chain was under fire Monday for selling reindeer meat in its British stores in the run-up to Christmas.


German discount chain Lidl is selling frozen Siberian reindeer leg steaks at six pounds (9.60 dollars, seven euros) for a 350-gramme pack as part of its deluxe range.


reindeer are traditionally associated with the festive season — the story going that Father Christmas travels around the world delivering presents on a sleigh pulled by a team of flying reindeer.


Animal rights campaigners blasted Lidl, which defended its decision to sell the unusual meat by saying the reindeer had been well treated.


"Lidl is destroying the magic of Christmas by selling dead reindeer," said Justin Kerswell, the campaigns manager for Vegetarians International Voice for Animals.


"What they term 'luxury cuisine' belies the truth behind an industry that exists to exploit wild animals," he told trade magazine The Grocer.


Siberian reindeer were often herded by snowmobiles and in some cases by helicopters and motorbikes, Kerswell said.


"This and lassoing them cause huge stress. They can become so distraught their muscle can waste away."


People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals said: "The idea of 'Rudolph' being slaughtered and sliced into steaks for a novelty Christmas dinner is revolting.


"Christmas is supposed to remind us of peace and goodwill — and the rest of the animal kingdom could do with a taste of it, rather than being tasted."


Lidl, which has more than 530 stores in Britain, said the reindeer were fed on "local aromatic herbs and grass.


"They live in their natural habitat and have plenty of space to move around," a spokeswoman said.


The supermarket is also selling pheasant, venison and springbok in the Christmas build-up.

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PostSubject: Re: Supermarkets in Britain under fire for selling reindeer meat   Mon 15 Nov 2010, 6:24 pm

I need to shop at that store it all sounds yummy

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PostSubject: Re: Supermarkets in Britain under fire for selling reindeer meat   Mon 15 Nov 2010, 7:09 pm

BigBrownEyes29 wrote:


People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals said: "The idea of 'Rudolph' being slaughtered and sliced into steaks for a novelty Christmas dinner is revolting."

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Last night we ate some Bessie the Cow pot roast (shush, couldn't think of any famous male cow names), the day before some Piglet sliced thin on bread. Was thinking of Scrooge McDuck for Christmas dinner instead of dear Rudolph, but might settle for Donald or Daisy.

Nobody's broken the news to PETA about Santa yet?
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PostSubject: Re: Supermarkets in Britain under fire for selling reindeer meat   Mon 15 Nov 2010, 7:55 pm

I sent them a memo,maybe they didn't get it :lol:

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PostSubject: Re: Supermarkets in Britain under fire for selling reindeer meat   Tue 16 Nov 2010, 12:18 am

yorkiemom wrote:
I sent them a memo,maybe they didn't get it :lol:

:lol: They're still in shock. Shocked
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