Originally Posted by Celeste
Everyone wants to be hard on the OP for stating her disgust at finding horse meat in the local store. I just wonder how everybody would feel if it were dog meat or cat meat. Just so you cook it well, it should be perfectly nutritious. Yum, yum.
I was just coming on here to state this. Thank you Celeste!
To me, my horses are every bit as much a part of the family as a dog or a cat. As a matter of fact, we don't even have a dog or a cat at the moment. Horses are companion animals to me. After all, it's not like I am using them to work a job or make money. They are a money pit. But I love them dearly and they are worth it to me. If I didn't have a special companion-animal relationship with my horses, I might as well ride a bicycle! Lord knows it would be a lot cheaper and less heart-ache.
So I think to eat horses is akin to eating cats and dogs. And there are people who would do that. And there are people who live in places where they HAVE to do that to survive. But in the United States (and I assume Canada) we tend not to eat our companion animals. We are a rich country. We don't have to eat dogs, cats, horses or even pigeons.