Exciting news, you guys! IKEA has changed the recipe to their famous swedish meatballs offered in their dining area and, starting in April, IKEA meatballs will be VEGAN! This is another huge win for veganism, as it continues it’s slow but steady mainstream infiltration.
There’s Horse Meat in My Cow Meat!?
The story behind the change is an interesting one: after discovering horse meat mixed in with beef in Ireland, many countries began testing their beef supply to find it also tainted. IKEA found horse meat in their famous Swedish meatballs and freaked out – they immediately pulled 1,670 pounds of meatballs from sale (ugh, all those poor cows who died for no reason!).
After having already received requests for vegan or vegetarian meatballs from customers, and to avoid further controversy, IKEA made the kickass decision to just make their meatballs totally vegan, which is sofuckingawesome I can’t even handle it.
This story brings up a lot of important topics of discussion, but one I’d like to touch on briefly is that this proves that as long as we eat meat, there will always be things like this that happen. People will always be looking for a cheaper way to do things, and our meat is so gross and processed and tainted anyway, that you COULD easily mix in some horse meat or dog meat or what the fuck ever and it’s not like anyone is going to know.
I am so proud of IKEA for seeing this and deciding to just step away from it altogether. It’s a bold decision, one that will hopefully inspire other companies to follow suit. Fuck the nasty-ass meat industry and their nasty-ass mixed meat!
The Case of the Carnist Contradication
This, of course, also raises the question of why it’s so pearl-clutchingly shocking to find horse meat in your cow meat. If we eat one, why not the other? But that’s carnism for you!
There are legitimate concerns with horse meat, namely that most horses are given cuh-razy drugs in their lifetime that are very dangerous for humans to ingest and with horses there’s no conceivable way to track what they’ve been given. BUT even this doesn’t really make a lot of sense given that we know that cows are injected with hormones, antibiotics, etc. and we eat them anyway. I’m just glad this controversy ended in a win for horses, cows and vegans!