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View Poll Results: Horse meat - Will you eat it ??
Yes I would/have 20 16.39%
Maybe.... I would probably try it. 23 18.85%
No 41 33.61%
NO!!! Its completely wrong !!!!! 38 31.15%
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    07-16-2010, 03:38 PM
Green Broke
I was a vegetarian for 3 years, a vegan for 2. I'm not the PETA freak I once was, but I still couldn't eat horse. I still have veg relapses where I won't eat meat, so i'm pretty sure that Sunny will never be on my plate. In the stable, off our table. XD Like others have said, i'm not against slaughter for others to consume, I just won't be doing the consuming myself.
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    07-16-2010, 03:55 PM
I don't think I could ever eat horse meat I saw a video on how there treated and killed, I know all places treat them differently but I don't think I could ever eat it after watching that.
    07-16-2010, 05:01 PM
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When I was traveling Europe, and I can't remember sure which country I was in, I think it was France... I ordered a burger and fries. The fries came with gravy on them (yummy) and the burger came as a cooked patty with an egg on top. I did eat some of the meat, but it didn't taste like beef. I asked the waitress what it was and she told me. Horse. My family got a good laugh. I did not finish the burger....
    07-16-2010, 05:22 PM
You know, I have always been intrigued about what other types of meat have tasted like. Obviously we eat cow, pig and chicken, but I've always wondered what horse meat tasted like. I think rabbit, mutton etc is available here, but generally Canadians don't eat horse meat. I think I would try some if I got the chance (hello grade 12 Europe trip!).

...For that matter, what would dog, or cat taste like? In China don't they eat dog? I'm genuinely curious as to what it would taste like.
    07-16-2010, 06:31 PM
Originally Posted by ilyTango    

...For that matter, what would dog, or cat taste like? In China don't they eat dog? I'm genuinely curious as to what it would taste like.
I worked few months for a huge Chinese corporation and I befriended one of the secretaries.

We did our best to squeeze this answer out of her lol. She reluctantly admitted that she "ate ..long time ago". They all seemed to avoid this subject. Perhaps if we would have been more composed when asking the question and not going green-faced, they would answer less cautiously.

Anyways. So she said a dog is good..before 3 years old and that it has to be eaten very hot. I have no idea if by hot she ment spicy or hot as in high temperature.

...right now I'll looking at my boy and realize his backlegs would make an awesome steak for some...

Oh lord, I couldn't do it. Never. I'd rather chew my own leg lol :)

Here's my possible dinner for tomorrow if he keeps scratching that rash of his:

If you wonder why he's blue, it's part of the treatment
    07-16-2010, 07:57 PM
I would eat if I was in a country where horses are slaughtered humanely & not fed dangerous drugs... Is there such a place? Lol
    07-16-2010, 08:40 PM
Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
Well, I don't think my palate has been 'deprived' of things like vegemite or poutine. They both appear inedible to me, but I'm sure there are some American foods that others find unappetizing as well!
SR, are you trying to say you never had poutine? Get on a plane asap. I'll meet you at the airport. You need to have it!
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    07-16-2010, 09:36 PM
Originally Posted by kmacdougall    
SR, are you trying to say you never had poutine? Get on a plane asap. I'll meet you at the airport. You need to have it!
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What is poutine? I googled it and this came up lol
Poutine is Acadian slang for mushy mess and is best described as a heart attack in a bowl.

Vegemite all the way !! I made my partner try it and he was dry reaching lmao.

So most people are not against the consumption of horse they just wont eat it them selves.
    07-16-2010, 09:41 PM
I would never. I'm not against horse slaughter, it stops some horses from suffering and their bodies go to use, but I could never eat it myself. It just feels so wrong. I'll eat deer, pig, chicken, cow, but I'll never eat horse meat.
    07-16-2010, 09:49 PM
You want the truth on Equine slaughter for human consumption? My best friend right now is leading the fight against that in WA.

It has NOTHING to do with "oh my god don't hurt the pretty ponies!"

Here's an article her husband wrote on it:

The Dangers of Horse Meat

2 days ago at 2:53pm
I know I know. Red flags and you're all thinking it's going to be a long winded post about how we shouldn't eat the pretty ponies, right? Wrong. While I am an "equine activist" I'm not going to go off about how horrible it is to commit crimes against such beautiful animals. In the long term... It's irrelevant. How beautiful an animal is holds no moral merit against the butchering of them. Sad, but true. If so? We shouldn't be butchering any animal.

However... The merit I bring to this debate isn't even surrounding the barbaric and inhumane slaughter of barely unconscious animals that it takes up to 10 minutes to knock unconscious before exsanguination. Nope. Not going to go into that stomach curling scenario either.

What I am going to go into is how down right deadly poisonous horses are when served on your table. Not that many Australians have ever considered obtaining horse meat for their next sandwich, but I figured I'd levy the facts all the same.

With all the recent controversy regarding horse slaughter for human consumption here in Australia I was actually quite alarmed to have the topic of Vince Gareffa, owner of Mondi Di Carne (or Mondo Meats), and an alleged poisoning of clients brought up over dinner. This also lead to the discussing of horses being slaughtered for human consumption here in Australia... A battle I dealt with as a local politician when I lived back state side and ultimately the battle I fought, along side millions of supporters, ended the barbaric slaughter of horses for this purpose across the USA.

My wife and I are equestrians and foodies both and would never even consider eating a horse. However... We are increasingly growing more interested in this story considering the consumption of horse meat in Belgium and the Netherlands has come to a screeching halt after numerous deaths have arisen and the key denomination happens to be surrounding the fact American horses being slaughtered in Canada and Mexico are laced with drugs such as "Bute" (Phenylbutazone; a common anti inflammatory and pain killer used in 98% of race horses and 95% of recreation horses/performance horses world wide including Australia) and several other drugs. What's also caught our attention is the fact that horses are drenched or wormed with anti-parasitic agents that are also not safe for use in animals intended for human consumption. Without the anti-parasitic worming agents, such as Ivermectin and Panacur, horses possess worm counts of a rate of 1:100,000. That means for every one parasite or worm a human host may carry inside them, a horse carries 100,000. All in all the humans consuming the processed horses are being subjected to cancer causing toxins that can destroy our hearts, digestive, reproductive, and circulatory systems if ingested AND subjected to parasites that can wreak havoc in our digestive tract while moving to other parts of our body via our blood stream. No joke. It's an exact science.

The inhumane slaughter methods aside, this is enough to make my stomach curl up and shrivel into a ball.

Why Vince Gareffa, the man behind legalizing the sale and consumption of horse meat in WA would knowingly put us at risk in order to make a buck serving Cheval TarTar is a bit... Scary. Having now heard of the supposed poisoning of several SA residents it would make a bit more sense... Considering it would mean his culinary habits, like his personality, are down right vulgar.

But the point still remains that the Australian public is in the same danger that the European public faces and why the Canadian and Mexican slaughter houses now fall under a direct law that went into effect earlier this month that prohibits the slaughter of horses with unknown medical histories for a minimum of six months and that all horses that are injured/ill must still be medicated and horses must still be properly wormed/drenched with anti-parasitic agents. It's a lose/lose for the slaughter industry as a whole simply because there are no known medications that treat the ills of horses that are approved for use in animals intended for human consumption. By 2013 a new law will be in effect stating that animals intended for slaughter must have their full medical history presented from birth to time of slaughter in one fully documented record.

An impossibility.

The drugs will still remain the same and horses cross hands many times in their lives and no complete record is ever kept. At the same time the cost effectiveness of farming horses for the sole purpose of human consumption, a practice which is not yet institutionalized, is about as effective as you or I attempting to purchase a brand new luxury car each and every month. Figure $1,000+ a month to properly maintain one animal. To farm them for profit would be like farming cows for profit at an average of 20 breeding animals per farm at any time. You do the math. With that said owning, breeding, raising, and maintaining a SINGLE horse correctly is not meant to be a poor man's hobby and with the droughts that this country is subject to, it's a wonder that most regular horse breeding farms stay afloat -- let alone farms intending to butcher the animals. Vet and feed bills alone will run you into the ground.

Which is why, my friends, Canadian horse farmers chose to sell off their stock rather then continue their breeding operations when the Premarin (pregnant mare urine) market plummeted after reports found the hormone replacement derivative to contain cancer causing agents that increased the chances of breast cancer in women as much as 66%. Now bear in mind that the slaughter industry includes heavily pregnant mares in their rendering process. They don't turn them away. They simply... Well I won't get into what they do. A few of you may actually be enjoying the latest sampling of your terrific dinners and wines.

However I can assure you everything I've written is honest fact that can be backed up by a call down to your local large animal or equine veterinarian. For a comprehensive list of medications commonly used in horses that can be found in samples of rendered horse meat, feel free to ask. I have all the literature sitting right in front of me.

So the next time you feel like poisoning your families, perhaps in a desperate bid to excelerate the death of your lazy husband, consider giving Vince Gareffa a call. Talk is he'd know all about it, including supplying you the horse meat to begin the process with."

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