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  • Can you eat a horse that has taken bute

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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    11-04-2011, 04:08 PM
  #81
Yearling
Here is another report you may wish to read for your research.

http://www.afac.ab.ca/reports/08horsereport.pdf

Page 21 outlines the way feedlots are set up.
     
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    11-04-2011, 04:19 PM
  #82
Trained
The following is taken from page 22 of the previously mentioned link.

These horses are free fed a high quality ration of
hay and grain. Multiple feeders through out the
pens allow horses’ easy access to feed. The
maximum density at one feedlot was measured at
1383 sq/ft per horse.

A twelve by twelve stall has 144 sq feet per horse. And feed is rarely free choice.
     
    11-04-2011, 04:40 PM
  #83
Foal
Well I have had Horse two different times in Germany and I must say one was street food style and the second was in a nice restaurant, both were fairly good but that doesn't mean that I'm going to search where I can buy it in the US.
     
    11-04-2011, 05:10 PM
  #84
Weanling
Quote:
Originally Posted by blush    
what I have found from the vet's around my area

Like jeez, I'm not sure why everyone is jumping down my throat, like I said my paper ISNT THE LAW.

First of all, stupid articles like this often DO become law. By filling peoples heads with propoganda and BS.

Also, vets aren't usually an unbiased source. Not allowing slaughter helps make them money. That way every poor sap with an aging or injured horse has to keep dumping money into it. Most people won't favor something that takes potential money out of their pockets. In this case, vets.
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    11-04-2011, 05:17 PM
  #85
Showing
Quote:
Originally Posted by Golden Horse    
Found in 100% of horses????? I call on that, which leads me to question everything said.


Agreed. Of all the horses I have on my place, my family has owned them either since birth or since they were very young. I know for a fact that there are only 2 that have ever received bute...and that has been years ago. So the idea that 100% of all horses that go to slaughter have been buted is just ridiculous.

I'm quite sure that there is, at least, some portion of the horses going so slaughter are horses that have never been handled...and nobody but the kill buyer wants to buy them because they've never been handled. The odds that someone who couldn't be bothered to even teach them to lead would put them on bute for any reason are virtually non-existent.
     
    11-04-2011, 05:24 PM
  #86
Trained
By the Canadian governments own admission and included as a reference in the OP's "research" bute is undetectable after 4 days. Most horses are kept 30-45 days at a feedlot before going to the slaughterhouse. Bute will cause health problems if taken by humans but I know of no substance except some heavy metals like mercury and lead that won't leave the animals system eventually. The reason that it says on the bottle of bute not to use it on animals intended for food is because insufficent research has been done to establish a withdrawl period that will satisfy the FDA and USDA.
     
    11-04-2011, 05:59 PM
  #87
Green Broke
I have eaten horse meat and I will again.

Would I eat my own horse? No because I know what crap I've put into him.

I'd love to see any papers of people dieing due to eating horse meat and it being directly attributed to Bute. Infact in Europe the vast majority of horses going for meat are bred for meat or are completely unhandled. Europe also has hirse passports which a vet should sign before administering any drug that would stop the horse entering the human food chain, the signature in the passport will remove the horse from the food chain (owners can also sign the same box). Finaly in Europe it seems like vet meds are more strictly controlled. You cannot get antibiotics fram anyone other than the vet and then only if they have seen the animal, you can't just vaccinate your horse it has to be done by the vet (and signed off in thier passport), you can't just buy bute etc you have to get them from the vet.
     
    11-04-2011, 06:02 PM
  #88
Weanling
Great feedback from demonwolf. When I took journalism I was taught to never insert any kind of opinion at any time. To this day I can't stand some newscasts because of their inability to remove themselves from the piece. With that said, if this is supposed to be an opinion piece then, as stated by others, you need to take the biased facts out and only state your opinion at the end of the piece as opposed to throughout the whole paper. Your credibility is at stake if you don't show both sides.

I will vote No, I would not try horse meat if given the chance. May also be worth noting that I'm a vegetarian so it doesn't matter to me that they are viewed as pets.
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    11-04-2011, 06:48 PM
  #89
Started
I'd be willing to try it. For all I know, it probably tastes like chicken!

I'd have to be nigh dead of starvation before I'd consider packing Scout into my freezer, no matter what threats I may mutter on occasion... That specific horse is a buddy, a partner, an athlete, and, occasionally, a pet. My attachment to him wouldn't keep me from trying horse meat, though.
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