Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Some times Llanelian - North wales, sometimes Hull in East Yorkshire (UK)
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.
RIDE your horse FORWARDS and keep him STRAIGHT