Yet another health scare and scandal around meat and meat products is breaking out, the latest in a line stretching back to BSE (and beyond).
As it currently stands there are carcinogenic toxins in pork and pork products and hundreds of jobs are at risk. The government is "in talks" and tehre is pressure for a handout to save these jobs, a handout that could run to hundreds of millions of euro.
Now as a veggie I have very mixed feelings about this. On the one hand every health scare that highlights the risks of contamination in modern intensive farming methods is a good thing. I would guess that there are hundreds (possibly thousands) of people who will be questioning their diet as this scandal continues to unfold. Even a fraction of them becoming veggies is a good thing, IMO. And I have really strong objections to taxpayers money giving these people a dig out. I have an ethical objection to my tax money saving an abattoir from closure, in particular when my children's school is talking of having to reduce staff numbers. Like it or not this is a capitalist society - if I cut corners and take chances in my business then I know I'll go bust and there won't be a handout to save me, why should this shower get away with it?
On the other hand the farmers themselves did little - if anything - wrong and they shouldn't be penalised for teh greed / stupidity of teh feed producers. And teh economic impact of hundreds / thousands of jobs being lost will be a lot higher then the bailout.
What are all of your opinions?