Mutton is NOT Goat’s Meat

  1. The government is encouraging the people to rear goats because the country still has to import a lot of mutton.
  2. The government is encouraging the people to rear goats because the country still has to import a lot of goat’s meat.
Sentence 1 above is wrong because the word mutton does not mean goat’s meat. Mutton actually means the meat of sheep.
In sentence 2, the correct phrase, goat’s meat, is used.
INCIDENTALLY, the words for the flesh of other animals used as food are beef for cattle, pork for pigs, and venison for deer. The flesh of poultry, other types of birds and fish is referred to by the name of the animal which the flesh is obtained such as chicken, duck, goose, pigeon, pheasant, fish, sardine, mackerel, oyster, eel, etc.
For the more unusual types of meat, they are called by the plural of the names of the names of the animals from which they are derived. You can say people also eat dogs, crocodiles, kangaroos, elephants, camels, and snakes. You can also refer to these different types of meat as dog meat, crocodile meat, kangaroo meat, elephant meat, camel meat and snake meat.
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