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        01-07-2014, 01:57 AM
    Originally Posted by boots    
    It would appear that your information possibly came from the horse fund dot org horse slaughter fact sheet page. No citation for their claim was given.

    I share your concern for optimal care for horses. We just differ on whether it is ethical for horses to be used as food.
    Actually I never said I was against slaughter or if I was against using horses for food. If it's done humanely and the conditions in transit were adequate I have no problem. I forget if its France or Spain but a long time ago I read an article about who horses were raised for food and the rules for transit were very strict...I think that's ideal. What's more of a problem to me is over breeding, and people who are not responsible pet owners...I have a serious problem with people who have a horse for years, a horse who has toted their butts around the arena or taken care of their children in the saddle, suddenly not having enough money for a dignified ending when their horse comes up lame. We are all entitled to our opinions.
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        01-07-2014, 06:30 AM
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    Kitten, most of Europe breed horses for meat. The UK is the only one where eating horse meat is not common.
    All horses in Europe should now be microchipped and passported to ensure that prohibited drugs don't get into the food chain.
    Most drugs are prescription only or have to be administered by a vet (including vaccines) a vet will not administer drugs without writing it in the passport. And for certain drugs you have to sign the horse permanantly out of the food chain.

    Transport rules are strict but often flouted hence the UK now has a policy where no horse can be exported for slaughter (you now have to prove a minimum value and have a full vet health check to export a horse which woud make it uneconomical to export live for slaughter), we would far rather slaughter horses in the UK where we can control the conditions and ensure it is humane.

    Horsemeat is quite nice and tender, slightly sweeter than beef but has a very short shelf life.

    My horse is signed out of the food chain permanantly due to the radioactive isotope he was given when he had a bone scan.
        01-07-2014, 06:48 AM
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    My vet insists on all their horses on his books being signed out of the food chain.

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