Egypt: Calls to eat donkey, horse meat spark controversy on social media

Egyptian man rides a loaded donkey in the northern rural province of Menufiya on December 16, 2017 [MOHAMED EL-SHAHED/AFP via Getty Images]

An Egyptian journalist sparked controversy after he called on citizens to eat horse and donkey meat in light of the high prices of meat and poultry in the country. The contention worsened when an official at the National Nutrition Institute said the institute did not object: "Provided there is societal consensus on the matter." The controversy began with Egyptian journalist Tamer Amin who demanded that the consumption of horse and donkey meat be officially rationed considering the high cost of other meats consumed by citizens. Amin announced on his television show, commenting on the arrest of a Pakistani citizen for selling horse meat in the Egyptian governorate of Dakahlia: "Horse and donkey meat is sold and eaten in many countries […] Source

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