‘Eating French people no worse than eating pigs’
HUGH Fearnley-Whittingstall has claimed that eating a Frenchman and his family is morally the same as eating an animal.
The River Cottage guru said it was a ‘social construct’ that pigs, chickens and cows are seen as meat, while French people are seen as people.
He said: ”In principle, but not in practice, I have no objection to a high-welfare, organic French person farm.
”You can’t object, unless you also object to the farming of pigs. Both animals could be used the other way round, although pigs probably do make better meat than French people and French people better rugby players than pigs, but it’s not a foregone conclusion.”
Professor Henry Brubaker, of the Institute for Studies, said: “In principle he is absolutely right. And personally I wouldn’t stop at the French.
“Someone like me is, in any meaningful sense, a completely different species from someone like you, so why shouldn’t I be allowed to eat you?
“I obviously function at a much higher and more sophisticated level than, say, someone who watches The Only Way is Essex or Made in Chelsea. Or Newsnight.
“To me they are no different from farmyard animals that live in their own dung and I should be allowed to breed them for meat if I feel like it.”
Professor Brubaker added: “And, just so as we are clear, if it ever got to the situation where I was so hungry I had to choose between my labrador and you, you better run for your fucking life.”