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    View Poll Results: Would you eat horse meat?
    Yes 32 47.06%
    No 28 41.18%
    Not Sure 8 11.76%
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        11-03-2011, 12:24 AM
      #21
    Weanling
    I couldn't even imagine eating a horse. I guess it's just the principle of the thing. I'm not a vegetarian or anything but I have seen several horses go to slaughter and no matter what the reason for that I find it difficult to think that if I buy horse meat I might be consuming some poor unfortunate soul who may have just needed someone's love and their end might not have been necessary.
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        11-03-2011, 12:36 AM
      #22
    Started
    Nope. The issue is not about which animals are stupider and therefor OK to eat. The issue is food animal vs. non-food animal.

    Here in the US, horses are not food animals. We keep them as pets, just like cats and dogs. Even if I went to a foreign country, I wouldn't eat horse meat. Number one, it's a delicacy and one of the most expensive meats you can buy. Number two, you have no clue where it came from. Horses are not raised like cattle and pigs. You don't know what kind of vaccines, dewormers, or other drugs the animals had prior to being slaughtered.

    And mostly because horse slaughter makes me sick and I couldn't live with the idea of eating something that used to be someone's pet.

    I also understand that humans are omnivores, but that doesn't mean we have to eat everything that moves.
         
        11-03-2011, 12:36 AM
      #23
    QOS
    Green Broke
    I'd have to be starving. Not interested in eating horse meat but I also don't want to eat any wild game. I have ate wild game before...quail, deer, elk. Honey Darling Precious is not much of a hunter anymore so we don't have wild game in the freezer. My grandpa and uncles weren't hunters - my grandparents were from The Cayman Islands and I grew up eating seafood that grandpa caught - not wild game. Grandma raised all kinds of animals - pigs, chickens, turkeys, goats, cows....she didn't have a problem hugging them up and then happily cooking and eating them!!!
         
        11-03-2011, 12:40 AM
      #24
    Weanling
    I think I would politely decline, but I wouldn't raise a fuss if it was served somewhere I was at. I also have no desire to ever eat dogs or guinea pigs, because all have been pets to me.
         
        11-03-2011, 12:51 AM
      #25
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    Originally Posted by Paintlover1965    
    I couldn't even imagine eating a horse. I guess it's just the principle of the thing. I'm not a vegetarian or anything but I have seen several horses go to slaughter and no matter what the reason for that I find it difficult to think that if I buy horse meat I might be consuming some poor unfortunate soul who may have just needed someone's love and their end might not have been necessary.
    That's exacly how I feel. Hated it when I went to a horse auction..... felt sick and a hopless bystander - got strict orders as to no buying horses....
         
        11-03-2011, 02:27 AM
      #26
    Yearling
    Heck, I eat so much salami, hot dogs, sausage etc. that I've probably had some horse in there along the line. I would probably try it if it was offered, but I would by no means go out and find it for myself. My mom ate it once, and she didn't like it.
         
        11-03-2011, 07:36 AM
      #27
    Showing
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    Originally Posted by Walkamile    
    KV, you are much more adventurous than I! The most "exotic" meat I've eaten is moose, and it was delicious. I preferred it to venison.
    I tried moose too long time ago. All I remember I liked it.
         
        11-03-2011, 07:38 AM
      #28
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    Originally Posted by Delfina    
    I don't treat my cows or pigs with any less care than my horse and I will be consuming them. They're all animals, I spoil all of them rotten, I just bought the cows and pigs for dinner and the horse for riding.
    Exactly.

    Besides many people keep cows or pigs or goats as pets, and still have no problem to buy and eat the meat. I'm thinking about getting a goat at some point. If I do I definitely won't stop eating goat curry in Indian restaurant close to my work.
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        11-03-2011, 08:06 AM
      #29
    Weanling
    I have eaten horse a few times. It's a bit sweeter then venison . I like it with a dry rub on the bbq.

    I've eaten is as steak and salami. I like the steak better.
         
        11-03-2011, 11:53 AM
      #30
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by kitten_Val    
    Exactly.

    Besides many people keep cows or pigs or goats as pets, and still have no problem to buy and eat the meat. I'm thinking about getting a goat at some point. If I do I definitely won't stop eating goat curry in Indian restaurant close to my work.
    I've got a couple goats that have been told repeatedly that if they run through my house one more time that their name will be STEW!

    All of my animals have warm, dry, cozy shelters, unlimited, clean, heated, drinking water and are fed appropriately. Sir Loin is loved just as much as Maggie even though he is *dinner* and she's the *mother of future dinner*, they both come running when they see me (wonder if the grain bucket has anything to do with that... ) Wilbur and Porky have happy little piggy lives, they have a couple acres to root around in, cows, goats and chickens to visit and lots of fences to mangle and escape from (their latest favorite pastime).

    My neighbors tell me constantly how I take better care of my *food* than most people do their pets. Am I going to feel sad when they make a trip to the butcher? Nah.... what on earth would I do with a 300lb pig who is now constantly trying to chew on my boots? It's only a matter of time before he's trying to chew on ME!
         

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