Horse Slaughter for Human Consumption
I was going to post this on one of the other threads, but didn't want to go "off-topic", so here goes.
I have a question. This might be kind of stupid, but....
So horse slaughter is supposed to help solve the glut of horses in the market right now. The old, ill, "rescued", abused, insane, etc, etc. I know that some of these are used to feed predators in zoos/rescues etc. In theory some will be used to feed people, right?
My question has to do with meat quality. So, from what I know they don't generally butcher cows (for human consumption) over the age of what? 2-3 years old? And they are usually: A. Bred specifically to produce meat B. Raised to produce the tastiest meat possible.
So, what kind of meat is the old, abused, rail thin horse going to provide? Is it even going to be marketable to the human food market? What about all the random supplements and drugs that are pumped into horses? Do the plants have some sort of holding area where the animals are fattened up or de-drugged (for lack of a better term). Or will this create a necessity for equine feed lots? Or will more yearlings/two-three year olds be bought by meat buyers at auctions/private sales?
I mean I would probably try horse someday... but I sure wouldn't eat the equivalent of my 27 yr old gelding I put to sleep a couple years ago. Lame, blind, drugged, skin and bones, not to mention old, tough, and stringy. Ick...
I don't have anything against equine slaughter, although I wouldn't send one of my horses (bullet and bobcat would solve any issue I had). I've just wondered about this.... Any enlightment would be great.