Originally Posted by eventerdrew
I'm on the fence. I am aware that horse slaughter helps the horse market rise and the deficit right now is being caused by the ban of slaughter in the US (partially the reason, not all). However, I am against eating horses IF the person is not going to use all of the horse. I have absolutely no issues with people eating animals if they use the whole animal, whether they use it for themselves or their other animals to consume. This is my problem with the current slaughter process. I view it as cruel and unnecessary and definitely not efficient.
Can you tell I don't eat meat? ;)
You don't know much about the slaughter process then. Every bit of that animal is used. The blood is dried for fertilizer, the bone for animal mineral supplements and also fertilizer. The marrow is melted and sold for human consumption and for technical uses. Hooves and some parts of the blood are used for makeup and film. The hides of course are used for leather. Every scrap of meat is used. If it isn't a retail cut then they use the trim for ground meat and things like bologna. The entrails are generally sold to ethnic markets in this country and outside. Even the stomach contents are used for fertilizers.
These examples are from a beef plant that I worked at for 9 years but the same would be true of a horse plant or pork or chicken or lamb.