A recent news story indicates that the British have become more intolerant to the sight of meat for sale, which further indicates that there is a gentle shift towards vegetarianism and a greater sensitivity towards animals. Or are Brits simply becoming more intolerant of the real world and want to live in a sanitized, artificial world?
In the past, people were familiar with seeing dead and carved up animals hanging in butcher shop windows.
Sometimes partridge, pheasant and rabbit were hung in rows. The sight of butchered carcasses now offends the eye of many Brits. That is what is seems like and I can fully understand because when I see a butchers shop window I see dead animals not “meat” for consumption.
And so it is with JBS Butchers in Sudbury, Suffolk. In the past people would admire their window display of “dead animals” hanging on hooks.
Then suddenly it became unacceptable. Their window display turned the stomachs of residents. One resident wrote to the local newspaper, Suffolk Free Press complaining that the display was “disgusting”. Another resident was afraid her 12-year-old daughter would be upset by the sight of butchered bodies of animals and so avoided the shopping percent all together.
JBS Butchers fearing that their presence would cause a downturn in trade for the other shops nearby radically changed their display. They have joined the ranks of the butcher shops displaying sanitised cling-film wrapped “meat”.
Brits no longer accept the sight of animals butchered for their consumption. Are Brits becoming more animal rights aware? Is this a good thing for cat welfare in the long term? It probably is.