Would you buy horsemeat if it saved you cash?

Poll started 14 Feb 2013

The mislabelling scandal over horsemeat shows that until told, many didn’t notice the difference. Yet if you KNEW it was horsemeat, would it make a difference?

How much cheaper would it need to be before you’d knowingly buy a horsemeat ready meal (or steak) compared to beef?

Did you vote? Why did you pick that option? Are you surprised at the results so far? Have your say below. To see the results from last time, click this


  • Yes. It's hardly like it's diseased, just that people aren't used to it so are disgusted.
  • NaomimNaomim Forumite
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    Being a meat eater, I can't say I would eat one and not the other with any conviction.

    I'm more appalled at the idea of buying Findus foods!

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  • There is no choice in the poll for "I would eat it sometimes if it was the same price as beef".

    I have no moral objections to eating horse and would be happy to eat it occassionally just as I eat beef, pork, chicken etc. The poll starts off by assuming we all think it's disgusting.
  • scmpscmp Forumite
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    I would of liked a button that said i would choose horse meat if it were more expensive if it guarenteed the animals well being during the process or the same price. The poll seems to lead to 'ewww only if i was skint' kind of attitude. I've tried many unusual to the UK meat and i don't see the problem as long as you know what your paying for!
  • daskadaska Forumite
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    where's the option for:

    I'd happily buy either if they're the same price?
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  • Ditto the people pointing out that there's no option for "I'd buy either" which is how I'd vote.

    In the same way you wouldn't exclusively eat *just* lamb or *just* chicken, it's not an either-or situation. If farmed responsibility and tasted nice I'd buy it, along with beef, lamb, veal, chicken, turkey, pork, pheasant, fish, Quorn, and all the other protein options that we vary our meals with. Wouldn't life be boring if you only ate beef!?
  • Would have to try horse meat first to decide (regardless of price) so haven't voted - but shows I'm open to trying it I guess!
  • I have to agree with the others saying there is no option to say that I would eat Horse meat on a same regular basis as I would any other meat. I also think that a main problem people have is that we are calling the meat 'horse meat'. Beef Lasagne sounds a lot better than Cow Lasagne. I agree that it was wrong that what we have been buying was not what we thought it was (fraud) but I have no objections in eating horse meat if correctly labelled. Hope that makes sense of my view in my first post.
  • I don't think I've eaten horse meat, so I don't know if I like the taste! It may be like the chicken / turkey debate = turkey is cheaper but tougher so most people prefer to buy chicken even though it's more expensive
  • mrweeblemrweeble Forumite
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    I wouldn't prefer horse to beef (never knowingly tried it), but I'd be happy eat it even if it was the same price as beef (or even if it was as little as a penny cheaper) - but there is no option for that.

    The scandal as I see it, is not that people have been eating poor little horsies, which seems to be what the tabloids keep harping on about, but that meat was mislabelled as another meat. Of far more concern should be the fact that Muslims and/or Jews have been given pork and been told it is Halal/Kosher beef or whatever, and unwittingly broken their deeply held religious views.
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