A few dabs of equine DNA found in so-called "beefburgers" caused quite a kerfuffle last month, shocking unsuspecting customers of the British supermarket chain Tesco (and then other stores) into outrage.

But Japan has no objection to hippophagy, horse-eating, something we carnivores have been sinking our teeth into since we first started banging two stones together and hurling spears.

And its not just the Japanese (and the Paleolithics) who have the taste for horseflesh but also the Chinese, French, Italians, Mexicans, Brazilians, Argentinians, Mongolians and many other-ians. If it's good enough for all of them, surely it's good enough for the Brits too?