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        03-25-2010, 05:49 PM
      #11
    Trained
    Lol, you all beat me! The first bit was to Ray.
         
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        03-25-2010, 05:58 PM
      #12
    Weanling
    I would say that the vaccinations and such would probably be one of the biggest issues with horses that weren't raised for only meat consumption. There are plenty of drugs out there that I wouldn't want in my meat, so there would need to be a holding period.

    I agree with the poster that said she couldn't eat an animal that had a face "in her mind", I'm the same way.

    One of the things about them being skinny is that with a slaughter market it would give more incentive for them to be more healthy weight-wise since they are generally bought by the pound. I've eaten cattle that were quite a bit older when they were slaughtered, and I really couldn't tell that much of a difference. It was an older cow that had gone lame, so she went to slaughter when they realized that it would cost more to fix than she was worth.
         
        03-26-2010, 08:57 AM
      #13
    Showing
    Alabama, you're preaching to the choir, dear. Not only won't you get bashed or banned, most of us have the same ideas.

    I have no problem with equine slaughter for the simple reason that we eat other herbivores. My personal horses are pets, but that doesn't mean I have issues with an animal that doesn't belong to me going to slaughter.

    I have plans to get chickens this year to raise for eggs as well as meat. I also intend to buy a beef steer calf and raise it for meat once my fencing is completed.

    Yes, I'll probably shed a tear or two when the steer goes to the slaughter plant to be processed, but it won't stop me from eating him once he comes back as meat. I'll likely feel a twinge when the chickens are sent to be processed too, but that's life.

    I'm a meat eater, and home-raised animals taste better than the stuff you buy at the grocery store.

    We're too far removed from our food sources in this day and age, which is why all the hysteria surrounding 'eating pets' has cropped up.
         
        03-26-2010, 10:54 AM
      #14
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
    I'm a meat eater, and home-raised animals taste better than the stuff you buy at the grocery store.

    We're too far removed from our food sources in this day and age, which is why all the hysteria surrounding 'eating pets' has cropped up.
    Very true. I once met a girl that didn't know hamburger came from cows...There was an article in a hand spinning forum about woman buying "poodles" in Japan. Come to find out they were sheep. They just couldn't figure out why they didn't bark and eat dog food...2000 people fell for this scam.
    Home-raised does taste soo much better and I have to say home butchered does as well. I butcher my chickens, yearly game, pigs, and I will be butchering my calf come time.
         
        03-26-2010, 11:02 AM
      #15
    Trained
    Thanks for the replies everyone! And for keeping this (mostly) from turning into a "Against/For" thread as that really wasn't the question.

    Speed Racer - Your comment about people being removed from the source of our food is spot on in my opinion. Unfortunately I think this not only leads to the "we're eating PETS" mentality. It also allows certian animals (ex. Poultry) to be raised in a manner that isn't really acceptable (to me).


    Anyways, I'll stop before I bring this thread off topic. :)
         
        03-26-2010, 11:18 AM
      #16
    Showing
    MN, I don't think we can have an equine slaughter discussion without bringing up other food animals. After all, they're part and parcel of the whole 'NIMBY' mindset of so many folks.

    If they don't see how the animals are raised and everything's done behind the scenes, then they can convince themselves that it's only horses who need to be treated humanely. They can eat their chicken nuggets, drink their milkshakes, and chow down on burgers and steaks without a twinge of thought about how that animal was raised and got on their plates.

    I'm for the ethical and humane treatment of all animals, regardless of whether they're destined for food or not. I don't believe in 'animal rights', but you can bet your bottom dollar I sincerely believe and will fight for every animal being cared for properly before they meet their ultimate fate.

    Everything dies, whether it's by natural causes, chemical euthanasia, or a bolt to the head. How that animal is treated during its lifetime is what I'm concerned with, not how it gets dead.
         
        03-26-2010, 11:30 AM
      #17
    Trained
    Good point, they are all involved in this. I've never understood the mindset that one species of animal is inherently more deserving of life than another.

    Personally I feel more at ease eating a pheasant that I shot than a chicken. At least the pheasant had a good life.

    It's an argument I've had many times with non-hunters. They tell me that the chicken's life before death doesn't bother them because "chickens are raised for food and pheasants are beautiful wild animals." I want to bang my head on a wall when I hear that.
         
        03-26-2010, 11:52 AM
      #18
    mls
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
    If they don't see how the animals are raised and everything's done behind the scenes, then they can convince themselves that it's only horses who need to be treated humanely. They can eat their chicken nuggets, drink their milkshakes, and chow down on burgers and steaks without a twinge of thought about how that animal was raised and got on their plates.
    We name our steers. *Pepper* should be ready to be picked up from the locker any day now. He wasn't a true pet but we could walk up and touch him, hand feed him. But from the day he was born, he was on the fast track for the table. We have two adorable heifer calves right now that were just born this past Jan/Feb. Normally heifers get a shot at being a stock cow. Unfortunatley both of these girls are free martins (twins - with a bull = sterile = freezer).

    My boarders just have one request - "when we grill - please don't tell us who we are eating."
         
        03-26-2010, 12:32 PM
      #19
    Showing
    Mls, that last line of yours made me laugh. Yeah, people want to eat meat, just don't want to know WHO they're eating!

    MN, part of the reason I want to raise my own chickens/steer, is so that I know how the animals will be treated prior to them becoming delicious food.

    As far as wild game hunting? I'm all for that, too. If hunters didn't thin the herds or groups, more would starve to death. Besides, that pheasant who became your dinner could just as well have been a coyote's or bobcat's meal. You merely got to it first.

    A friend gave me a haunch of venison several weeks ago. For some people it would have looked too much like the animal it came from to eat it, but I didn't have a problem hacking through the joint and throwing it into my slow cooker. It was yummy!
         
        03-26-2010, 12:49 PM
      #20
    Trained
    I love venison. Unfortunately we didn't get any last fall. Lots of geese/pheasants/ducks though. My dad and 3 of his friends went out and got a buffalo a year ago too. We've still got meat from that left. Pretty tasty, it can be a little hard to cook right though.
         

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