Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: In Sunny, HOT and HUMID S.C.
The subject of humane killing can be discussed forever without ever changing anyone's mind. Having lived on a farm where we killed and processed our own meat in addition to euthanizing an animal when it had to be done, I feel comfortable saying that when we killed an animal (for whatever reason) it was clean and fast. 150 gr pullet to the head is going to finish any animal, including a horse.
As for the making it legal again to slaughter horses in the US. They're going to be slaughtered somewhere. It's mainly the world's Anglo societies that aren't willing to accept that from a nutritional perspective equine meat is the healthiest domestic red meat (all mamals are red meat) we produce in this country (followed by goat). You pay a hefty price for equine in restaurants in Italy.
Yes, they are animals that we don't think of as a meat sourse in our society (today), but we represent a minority of the world. Yet, prior to the later part of the 1900s horse meat was still eaten by citizens of the US. In the 1800's even more horses were consumed in this country. In this country, as in Europe and Asia, there were times when we've also eaten animal species we usually see as house pets. But I digress.
Better to slaughter them here. It'll will be more humane than the treatment unwanted equines currently get. And after learning to deal with having to kill and slaughter, or take to slaughter, pigs that use to follow me around like having another dog, or cattle that I raised on a bottle from the time they were 3 days old , I'd have no problem eating an equine steak from an animal that I never knew. No more so than I have a problem eating a beef steak or ham from an animal I didn't raise. I'd rather they use the better parts of the animal for human consumption than put it all into dog food. A lot of it will get shipped to Europe anyway, which is were a lot of it goes now after the animals have been slaughtered someplace else.
Imagine if we had a law outlawing the slaughter of any domestic animal. Canada and Mexico would be ranking fortunes processing all of our livestock.