I was meeting some friends in a restaurant and I ordered my starter - 'vegetable samosas.' The starter arrived and, only after eating several forkfulls, did I realise that I was in fact eating meat - there had been a mix up in the kitchen!
Under the proposed U.K. Meat Licencing Law could an individual be charged for eating meat without a licence? What would the charge be?
I ate the remains of an undetermined animal entirely by accident. If I had been a vegetarian (for instance) this error could have caused some personal upset and offence.
Now, I would say that a large portion of the blame lay with the supplier (the waiter, the chef = The Restaurant). My opinion is, that under the proposed new law the restaurant themselves should be charged with supplying meat to an unlicenced individual. I suggest a heavy fine and a closure order for one week. This approach will encourage purveyors of meat to be more stringent in their quality control and separation of meat and non-meat.
What do people think about this? I am going to open up a discussion on the topic of penalties and enforcement in the forum.