Meat Lovers: Where Do You Draw The Line?
I love meat, and can’t imagine ever not being able to eat it. My country Botswana is a country of meat lovers. In fact, it’s very rare to find a Motswana vegetarian. Of the few I know, most are vegetarian on medical grounds, not out of choice. But we tend to stick to certain types of meat, meat that’s universally eaten around the world. These include lamb, beef, pork, chicken; those types of meat are what we usually stick to.
The only other type of meat some people in Botswana will eat that may not be to everyone’s taste is game. Examples of game that is generally acceptable are kudu, buffalo and guinea fowl. There is currently a government sanctioned hunting ban in place, so you couldn’t go shooting wild animals at will. Some wild animals including elephants are on the decline and are at risk of extinction. On that basis, most people would agree that this is a move in the right direction.
It was therefore with a heavy heart and great disappointment that I read an article last week stating that the infamous president of Zimbabwe, Mr. Robert Mugabe was to dine on elephant during his lavish upcoming 91st birthday celebrations! First of all, I didn’t know people ate elephant meat. –and second; the elephant is listed by the WWF (World Wildlife Fund) as being vulnerable and at risk of becoming endangered., which at worst could result in their extinction. Some Zimbabwean farmer was allegedly donating the elephant to the president. I didn’t know a farmer could “own” wildlife!
I waited with baited breath to see if it would happen this week, and it has! It is reported that while most of the Zimbabwean population languishes in poverty, the president was joined in his birthday celebrations by an estimated 20 000 people. It is alleged that guests at the lavish celebrations feasted on elephant, buffalo and kudu! As if this wasn’t enough, a landowner donated a stuffed lion and crocodile to the president.
I can quite honestly say that for once, I’m lost for words.
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