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post #1 of 10 Old 10-31-2009, 12:54 PM Thread Starter
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Backyard Processing of horses

Well its happened. When you have a all these unwanted livestock and no market something has to give. I saw an ad on craigslist that a man has set up shop. He will butcher your horse, humanely, for .25Lb live weight. When you can buy a three year old for $50 bucks compared to a young steer for 600 what else will happen. Especially in this economy.
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post #2 of 10 Old 10-31-2009, 12:58 PM
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If it's actually humane and he is a butcher (knows what he is doing) I don't really see whats so bad about this?
I rather see a horse get humanely killed, and then the remains put to use then let them starve in a pasture.
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post #3 of 10 Old 10-31-2009, 12:58 PM
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I've seen those ads as well. Its been brought up here too. Pretty sick puppy
ETA- I see your point if you have to have a horse put down anyway. I wouldn't eat though


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I really don't see it as a bad thing. At least family's will be able to eat this winter. I thought it was mighty interesting though. I only hope he's checking brand inspections.
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I agree -- I couldn't eat my horse.
However, I don't mind that other people eat horses.
I actually think private butchers, if educated and know how to humanely destroy a horse, could be better than slaughter houses. Only downfall I see is that it wouldn't be regulated?
And on the brand inspections, I hope he is. Its definitely something that has the potential to be abused...but if not, it could be a good thing I think.
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I've seen those ads as well. Its been brought up here too. Pretty sick puppy
ETA- I see your point if you have to have a horse put down anyway. I wouldn't eat though
This is the first time i've seen it as a paid service. When/where did you see the ads?
Its intriguing how circumstances can change the taboo.
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post #7 of 10 Old 10-31-2009, 04:37 PM
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People will eat the meat!? I mean I don't care if you want to eat horse meat, but I couldn't do it.
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post #8 of 10 Old 10-31-2009, 06:29 PM
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This is the first time i've seen it as a paid service. When/where did you see the ads?
Its intriguing how circumstances can change the taboo.
It was brought up here on the HF. The ad was for buying any animal even horses for someone to feed their family for the winter or something like that. I tried to find the old thread but can't.


Just an FYI, the people who process our deer have to be inspected by state health department. I'm thinking the same applies to anyone processing meat for sale. I know anyone can process it for private use but if its getting sold there has to be some inspection. In Kansas anyway.


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If the kill is done humanely, I see no issue with it. I'd much rather see a horse die humanely (and put to use as sustenance for someone who needs the food) than die slowly of starvation, etc - which is exactly what many are doing now as people are unable to sell off the horses they can no longer support/no longer want.
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post #10 of 10 Old 10-31-2009, 06:34 PM
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While *I* am not sure I would choose to eat horse meat (though, if it meant the difference between starvation or not for me/my family, my opinion might change right quick), there are plenty of people out there who do eat horse meat. I don't begrudge them their tastes.
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