The sale of horsemeat is illegal but the actual consumption is not. So if you wanted to eat your own horse then that would be legal.
Kevin, not in California or Illinois. I did some research, and as the law is written, the sale and
human consumption of horsemeat is illegal in both California and Illinois.
The other 48 states have no law against personal consumption, but the sale
of horsemeat for human consumption is illegal.
I live in Virginia, so there's no rule against me butchering and eating my own horses, if I so choose. If you live in California or Illinois, you don't have that option available.
I'd no sooner eat my own horses than I'd eat my dog or cats, but it's not my business to tell anyone else they can't eat theirs.
That's what I find reprehensible about this whole 'no horses to slaughter, but every other animal is fine to eat' opinion. Trying to force someone into doing what YOU want just because YOU want it, doesn't make your opinions or morals better than mine.
The feeling I get from all the hysterical equine anti-slaughter advocates, is that because I'm willing to concede that it's okay to eat horsemeat if someone so chooses
, that somehow they're morally superior because they don't think anyone should eat the pretty horsies.
That if we don't decry the eating of horsemeat as horrible and evil, somehow we're unable to love or be loved, and we're inherently cruel and neglectful. That's
the attitude that turns my stomach, not that they're passionate about something.
It always seems to surprise the antis that those of us not against horse slaughter have our own cherished companions, and that we give time, money, and energy to rescues and animal shelters. Because that doesn't fit into their ideal
of pros as being heartless and cruel.