Dead horses and red meat

People are outraged that five horses have died at the Cheltenham Festival. Yet, not so long ago, people were trashing claims that eating red meat increases an individual’s chance of death.

The moment you claim that it’s daft to suggest that eating red meat increases your chance of death, you must simultaneously agree that it’s daft to suggest that racing at Cheltenham increases a racehorse’s chance of death. This isn’t to downplay the sad story of how racehorses are treated, but to demonstrate that people are incredibly comfortable holding inconsistent views.

(Of course, this is just another scope issue).

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