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An interesting horse story
Horse drawn Victorias have almost disappeared from the streets of Mumbai. Now these novelties grace the wedding cavalcades. Nawabs and Maharajas have been transformed into politicians, industrialists or actors and their stables have been converted into five-star hotels. They are no longer interested in any breed, rich ancestry or pedigree of horses. These unfortunate creatures are now exclusively owned by armed forces or race courses. The horse-romance of Indians is left in history books for Chetak, Basfala or their ilk.

But it is now another story in Europe. If you are not interested in horse ride near Champ Elysis, go for Hamburger outlet there and enjoy Horse Meat Hamburger. Courtesy – Irish Burger King franchise. There is no adulteration – 100 % pure horse meal. The only grievance you could air: it might be the poor cousin of the horse – the donkey’s meat that is garnished at your dining table. It does really matter if you have asked for Beef Burger. Both are non-veg dishes! Yes, you are right. I’m talking about the recent horse meal scandal which is getting interesting, curious, murkier and weirder by the hour. How it had reached at your end if you were in Europe a few days back?

It came from the abattoirs of Romania. As the Romanian government recently banned horse-drawn carts from the road, these hackneys went out of service. What to do with the redundant animals? Simple solution: Put them on the chopping board!

Another million if not billion dollar question: why the slaughter houses agreed to substitute horse for beef? Answer: India is no exception in curious businesses. Polish and Italian mafia gangs are also running multi-million-pound scams and they can take lead from any smart resource. Substitution of horse meat for beef is not such a big deal. Veterinary doctors and other officers in the food chain are ready to help if someone is willing to pay the price. Intimidations are handy if the price-deal is not working.

The authorities were managed by powerful mafia to certify ‘horse meat processed products’ as ‘beef’. From the abattoirs of Romania it went to a dealer in Cyprus, and from Cyprus to another dealer in Holland. Then it travelled to a meat plant in south of France. The French Meat Processor sold it to a French-owned factory in Luxembourg which shaped it into the stuffing tikki of hamburger.  These tikkis were sold to supermarkets in 16 countries. The recent story of 'horse meal and beef' meal' is as simple as this.

Now you have read the pathetic story of horse’s plight and the perversity of human greed, I would like you to read this beautiful poem, written in praise of a horse, as well.

The beauty of a horse

The thunder clap of hooves

The wind in their mane

The thrill of the flight

Another birth of a spring ride.

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