Because I didn't speak any French, my mind starting racing. Cheval, cheval, that sounds like ... chivalry. Oh no, I thought, are they butchering knights?!
No, worse: they were butchering horses.
It turns out that horse is popular in much of the world. Much of Europe and western Asia eats horse, it's big in Japan, and on our continent, the Quebecois pick up the Anglophones' slack.
While Americans don't consume horsemeat, Americans do produce horsemeat ... for the Japanese and Europeans to consume.
Is this simply a case of "different strokes for different folks?" Or is American involvement in the horsemeat industry an ethical crisis, as some people believe?
One thing is for sure: I ate neither cheval nor chivalry.
For more information on the subject, check out our other post about the issue's legislation.