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post #11 of 43 Old 12-20-2013, 02:38 PM
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post #12 of 43 Old 12-20-2013, 05:38 PM
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Originally Posted by Speed Racer View Post
That's only because you've been culturally conditioned to find the idea distasteful. Had you grown up in a country where it's common practice you wouldn't have that reaction. Heck, had you grown up in the US anytime prior to the late 20th century, you wouldn't think it was 'icky'.

So you're only morally opposed to humans eating horses, but having them processed for animal food is fine? Interesting.
I think eating horses is icky. It has nothing to do with culture and everything to do with my wormer box clearly stating 'Not for using in animals intended for human consumption'. How do they sell the meat knowing that equine products aren't tested and could be toxic for us to eat? I wouldn't in a million years feed a dog food that contains mystery meat.
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Do you know how many beef cattle are injected with drugs from bottles that say "not to be used in animals intended for human consumption"? Most of them.

The thing is, unless you've worked in the cattle industry, you wouldn't know that ^^ that statement actually just means "don't shoot them up today and butcher them tomorrow". For most bovine medicines, there has been enough study to know what the withdrawal period is for the drugs they're being given. Most are 30 days, some are longer. That means that 30 days after injection, all traces of the drug are out of their system.

In spite of what many animal rights groups would have people believe, traces of drugs do not stay in an animal's body indefinitely. The reasoning for the label on the equine drugs is because withdrawal periods have not been set...because horses haven't been slaughtered for human consumption in the US in a long time.
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Originally Posted by IRaceBarrels View Post
I think eating horses is icky. It has nothing to do with culture and everything to do with my wormer box clearly stating 'Not for using in animals intended for human consumption'. How do they sell the meat knowing that equine products aren't tested and could be toxic for us to eat? I wouldn't in a million years feed a dog food that contains mystery meat.
I actually just sat through a lecture on this today. The only reason that that label is on there is for legal reasons. It's a lot like the "for vet use only", wraps all have that written on them, some twitches as well, it's amazing what that's written on. Plus, most if not all vaccines have "not for animals intended for human consumption" on it. Farmers still vaccinate though, and to my knowledge no one's died because their hamburger was injected with a does of antibiotics as a calf. Smrobs is 100% right. :)

I for one am put at ease a little that the plant is opening. Too many unwanted horses that are dying in more cruel ways than they would in a slaughter house. While it'd be amazing to save them all it's just impossible. :(
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post #15 of 43 Old 12-21-2013, 08:33 PM
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To me horses are livestock and I am glad horses who are not suitable for work partners or pets will be used as food.

It is not illegal in this country to eat horse meat. The only thing that stopped processing horses for meat was unfunding USDA inspectors and then all of the hullaballoo created by groups who made a mountain of money tugging at heart strings.

I've eaten horsemeat most of my life. Many people I know (ranchers, breeders, hobbyists) will process a horse for one reason or another.
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Personally, I really hope they'll set it up similar to how the cattle industry is run with the slaughter-bound horses being placed in a feedlot where any medications they receive will be well documented so that we can be sure they are beyond the withdrawal period. They'll also be fattened up there and shipped to slaughter once they're fat and healthy and drug free so the meat will be safe.

I really wish that they'd start selling it in supermarkets too. I wouldn't buy it simply because I don't like the taste of horsemeat, but I'm sure there are some struggling families with no special feelings toward horses that would appreciate the availability of a lean red meat that's half the price of beef.
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This is sort of off topic... But... I once was against horse slaughter and made the mistake of telling everyone here on the forum that it was soooo awful and those poooor horses. They changed my mind real quick! And I am glad they did. Its a necessary evil, unfortunately.
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It makes me sad, but it's a necessary evil... /sigh

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post #19 of 43 Old 12-21-2013, 10:58 PM
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Originally Posted by ForeverSunRider View Post
My father owns and runs a slaughterhouse, I am very well adapted to the idea of a slaughterhouse. He just processes them for the pet food industry as opposed to for human consumption.

I couldn't imagine eating horse. Icky!
What exactly is icky about it? It's an animal that eats basically the same diet as beef cattle.

Want to talk about "icky"?
Cash-strapped farmers feed candy to cows - Oct. 10, 2012

Cows fed candy, cookies and whatever other cheap "junk" food is available. I'm sure that makes for some wonderfully healthy meat!

I raise my own cows (no sprinkles, cookies, corn or anything even remotely junky) and I could see raising a herd of horses for food (I would want to raise them myself so I KNOW what they ate and were injected with).

Every animal tastes a bit different. My kids routinely eat Antelope, Bison, Deer, Elk and our home-raised beef, pork, chicken and turkey. It's not in the slightest bit "icky" to them, it's just normal dinner.
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post #20 of 43 Old 12-21-2013, 11:09 PM
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I support the slaughter of all animals for food. I'm not trying to be inflammatory here; but I started to wish the cats and dogs we put to sleep at the shelter could be used somehow. It's something where you don't want any animal to have to die in the first place, but if you realize they are going to die no matter what, then making their death mean something seems to honor the animal better.
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