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    04-11-2011, 04:55 PM
I am neutral on the topic. I feel badly for the horse that meets its end in the hands of the creatures it lived to serve (and in my opinion, loved... Though some may debate that horses love us). I would rather people were more responsible, but they are not... Thus it is a necessary evil in my mind... But it is also the reason that to this day, I still have not sold a horse of mine. I cringe at the thought that one of mine could walk this road. Their only claim to fame is being good old trail horses.
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    04-11-2011, 05:01 PM
Green Broke
I'm choosing to stay out of this one for now..everyone from the last thread knows my opinion lol..
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    04-11-2011, 05:02 PM
Regarding the legality of eating horse meat in the UK - I personally do not know of any rule which prohibits eating horse meat per se.

But there are very strict rules about knowing the complete history of any animal carcass which is presented to a licensed slaughter house for butchering and entering the meat marketing chain. For example, even the movement of beef cattle from pasture to pasture is carefully recorded on farm records.
    04-11-2011, 05:08 PM
Originally Posted by Speed Racer    

If you don't want your horses going to slaughter, great. But we have no right to impose our own ideals on others when it comes to their own legal chattel (horses).
Originally Posted by Spastic_Dove    
You've asked a controversial question.

Most of the people here would rather see a horse meet a quick death at slaughter than starve to death in a field somewhere.

They happen to be pets for us, but for many cultures they are food just like a cow or chicken.

I rather see it legalized and strictly regulated than legalized to save the pretty horses who end up having to drive to some other country to get slaughtered (speaking of the states here).
What they said.

I think we have some UK members. Hopefully they can stop in and answer the question about it being legal there.
    04-11-2011, 06:29 PM
Mostly the Brits choose not to eat horse flesh but it is not illegal to do so.

I sense another underlying issue in this thread - what is it you want clarifying about the horse scene in Britain? Maybe, just maybe, I can answer.

Typically we Brits are a nation of animal lovers, but there as exceptions. Many retired horses, no longer usable, end their days in pastures eating, in competition with the sheep, the abundant grass which grows almost everywhere in Britain.

There is a very significant horse rescue system operating nationally in the UK, most branches of which are supported by charity. I can pay to 'retire' my horse
To pasture should she become unrideable.

However the final outlet for some unfortunate horses and unwanted wild ponies is at the horse auctions which operate around the country. The horses are sold at minimal prices to the horse meat marketeers who ship them by lorry to the Continent where they are slaughtered for their flesh to feed humans or dogs. The horses are following the same route to market as do the sheep and cattle from off the farm. British lamb and beef are highly prized in Europe, but usually the animals are transported alive across the Channel.

As in many other scenarios, we Brits ease our conscience, in this case about horses, by letting the French do the eating.
    04-12-2011, 11:59 AM
Originally Posted by Katesrider011    
What people do with their horses is not decided by you. Yes it's very unfortunate for the horse sometimes. I personally would try to find an alternative other than slaughter for an injured horse, but not everyone thinks the same way. Some people make a living off horses and have no time to try to sale it when it is injured. It's a sad outcome for the horse, but it'll still serve a purpose to feed people. They don't go through anything worse than cows, pigs, chickens, and etc.
I agree with this.
    04-20-2011, 03:52 PM
Hum, I didn't wanted to make a debate if you were for or against eating horses. I just wanted to KNOW if in England eating horses is forbidden because I've heard it one time, and I wanted to know HOW they did it. I respect if you are for or against, but it wasn't my question.
    04-20-2011, 04:56 PM
Green Broke
In the UK it is perfectly legal to eat horse meat.

I am British, but I am also half Belgian (Dayane if you are happier discussing this in french PM me and I'll explain what you want to know in french). I have eaten horse meat in the past and I will in the future. Just like with Beef if you know where your meat is coming from then meat is meat. Horse meat just tastes slightly different and goes off faster.
    04-20-2011, 09:32 PM

Horses have done everything for us, they have carried us, helped us out for hundreds even thousands of years... and what do we do, eat em!!

And BTW don't go on and say to me, oh but what about cows, you eat them, and they have done stuff for us.... IM A VEGOTARIAN!!!
    04-20-2011, 10:03 PM
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I suspect there are a number of horses I would rather eat than ride!!!

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