Reindeer steaks: an alternative to your Christmas turkey?26. Dec2011

Animal rights campaigners are not happy about the appearance of Siberian reindeer meat in supermarket freezers.

The sale of reindeer steaks – "Rudolph steaks" according to one tabloid – is a quick way for animal rights campaigners and supermarkets to grab a headline. Lidl this week incurred the wrath of vegetarian campaigners Viva! for stocking 350g steaks of Siberian reindeer at a bargain £5.99.

But are steaks from this Arctic and sub-Arctic species of deer, which may be able to fly and distribute presents from Father Christmas around the globe, really cruel? And if so, are they more unethical than less exotic, factory-farmed meats?

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