Most people enjoy the sight of reindeers (sic) at Christmas.
But a dramatic increase in the number of people who enjoy the taste of Dasher, Dancer and Rudolph is putting pressure on reindeer stocks in Finland, where suppliers are turning down requests for the exotic meat for fear of depleting the forests.Eat home-grown red, fallow or roe deer then. It’s virtually identical!
Or…here’s an idea for some sustainable farming in the Highlands – they do well there. And since there’s now a demand…
Five years ago there was an outcry when it emerged that the Swedish furniture giant IKEA was selling salami containing reindeer.
But with the foodie revolution putting game firmly back on the menu at home and in restaurants, the squeamishness appears to have faded. The German-owned supermarket chain Lidl is stocking its shelves with £7.99 reindeer steaks this year after a successful trial run in 2010.I know! They are superb. They also do diced reindeer, so I’m set for Rudolph Stew over the festive season as well. Who’s not happy?
Well, the usual suspects, of course.
Animal rights groups, however, are quick to play up the Christmas link. A spokesperson from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) told ABC that “no one likes the idea of eating Rudolph at Christmas” .Wrong! I do! And so do a lot of other people, it seems.
Maybe you’d get better support if you dubbed them ‘Snow Kittens’?