yeah, these is such a weird mentality about 'what animal is for what purpose'. supposedly, from what i've gathered, its percieved that:
-horses are for riding about on (for rounding up cows, hunting foxes, playing polo, or for other enterainment purposes)- and therefore not for eating (unless you're a barbarian),
-dogs are for rounding up smaller farm animals (sheep, geese, etc) or for catching other animals with (birds, rabbits) or for fighting for sport (therefore not for eating, unless you're a barbarian) or for petting,
-rabbits are for cuddling- maybe eating if you're foreign or live in the country,
-guinea pigs are definately not for eating, despite being relatively similar to rabbits,
-cats are for petting, (or eating if you're a barbarian),
-rats are either for petting if you're slightly out-there, or shrieking at if you're not,
-whether or not fish are for eating depends on how pretty and colourful or entertaining they are, and the heat of the water they live in,
-birds are for eating unless they're too small, and deemed to be pretty and make a nice sound, in which case you can put them in a cage and listen to them cheep and watch them hop up and down,
-if any other country eats different animals to yours, they're all completely mental, and/or cruel barbarians,
.....and so on.
its really ludicous.