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    View Poll Results: Horse meat - Will you eat it ??
    Yes I would/have 20 16.53%
    Maybe.... I would probably try it. 23 19.01%
    No 41 33.88%
    NO!!! Its completely wrong !!!!! 37 30.58%
    Voters: 121. You may not vote on this poll

     
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        07-21-2010, 08:24 AM
      #81
    Yearling
    Um, actually, it tasted just like chicken.
    The sparrow, there wasn't much to figure out about it. It was some old semi-pagan tradition about feeding kids a sparrow on Saint John's day, so that they'd be fast and bold like a sparrow all year long. Thanks god it's gone - the tradition, not my grandma -
    The pigeon tastes just like chicken as well and the meat is not tough at all.

    Edit: among many types of venison, I also ate this thing:

    No clue whats the name in english.
    Anyone ever ate ....bear?! I heard they consume it in many countries including in ...mine!
         
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        07-21-2010, 03:06 PM
      #82
    Weanling
    My father in law has eaten bear many a time. Says if you cut it against the grain it will crawl across the pan!
         
        07-21-2010, 03:08 PM
      #83
    Showing
    ^^Thats a little bit creepy LOL.
         
        07-21-2010, 04:40 PM
      #84
    Foal
    I'm a vegetarian anyway, so my answer is no.
    Horse slaughter is horrific though.
    I wish they'd bring in equine slaughter houses in the UK so that these once loved animals would not be tranported for days (many dieing en route) to meet their cruel destiny.
    In my opinion an animal is an animal.
    A cow, dog, horse, pig do not feel different emotions. I think it is wrong for a meat eater to say that they'd eat a cow, but not eat a horse/dog etc. because they have one for a pet.
    I find it so frustrating that people think less of an animal because of it's destiny. I knew one person that saved a pig from slaughter, and it lived with her dogs on her livery yard. It acted like a dog! Loved cuddles and playing and it even interacted with the dogs. He was so sweet.
    A horse bred for meat and a horse bred for pet purposes are no different. They both have the right to life, and the right to be loved.
         
        07-21-2010, 05:10 PM
      #85
    Yearling
    Actually, one of my secret cuckoo plans is to raise a pig as a pet someday.
    They are ranked 3 on animal intelligence scale, surpassing the dog.
    I'd be very curious to see what our oinky buddies have to show us :)

    Also I was shocked to find out they would live around 15 years if not slaughtered.
         
        07-21-2010, 05:12 PM
      #86
    Showing
    Ina, pigs are indeed very intelligent.

    Best get a potbellied one though, because regular domestic pigs tend to get belligerent and aggressive as they get older.

    They're raised for their tasty, tasty meat, not their temperaments!
         
        07-21-2010, 06:07 PM
      #87
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by King    
    I think it is wrong for a meat eater to say that they'd eat a cow, but not eat a horse/dog etc. because they have one for a pet.
    That means you have to put starfish (which don't have brains) on the same level as, say, dolphins. That's an insult to the dolphins' intelligence IMO. Different species exist for a reason. Each animal has its own unique nature - I don't understand the belief that they should all be treated the same. I think it's OK to eat some animals but not others and I stand by that belief.
         
        07-21-2010, 06:10 PM
      #88
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by King    
    I find it so frustrating that people think less of an animal because of it's destiny. I knew one person that saved a pig from slaughter, and it lived with her dogs on her livery yard. It acted like a dog! Loved cuddles and playing and it even interacted with the dogs. He was so sweet.
    I fully agree with this! I don't care if you're a vegetarian or an omnivore, it's the height of hypocricy to eat meat and say it's ok to eat one and not the other. A cow doesn't deserve to die anymore then a horse or a dog just because someone didn't love it at one point. It's insane how humans define things by their own personal emotional attachment.

    I think it's easier for me to think about eating all types of animals because our food WERE pets. Growing up, my grandpa raised a wide variety of animals and they were all friendly and you could play with them. I grew up understanding it was the circle of life - I fed my baby calf milk so he could get strong, I played with him and loved him, and then when he grew up he was humanly shot so he could feed us. Yeah it's sad, but that's life and it means I can make him all happy and cozy while he IS alive!

    Not that I think I could eat my horse or anything, but when you learn that respect for animals from a young age, you understand better the logic behind an actual circle of life - not this disaster we call factory farming.
         
        07-21-2010, 06:13 PM
      #89
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by ponyboy    
    That means you have to put starfish (which don't have brains) on the same level as, say, dolphins. That's an insult to the dolphins' intelligence IMO. Different species exist for a reason. Each animal has its own unique nature - I don't understand the belief that they should all be treated the same. I think it's OK to eat some animals but not others and I stand by that belief.
    That's like saying it's abuse to mistreat a horse but it's perfectly fine if it's a hamster because it doesn't have the brain capacity to understand. Every single creature has the capacity to understand pain. You are arguing intelligence and that is a bit silly - a cow is JUST as smart as a horse, but it's ok to eat one and not the other?
         
        07-21-2010, 06:23 PM
      #90
    Showing
    ^^Excellent post MM. I will never forget eating a steak one night and my Dad asking me how Sampson tasted LOL (he was my bottle calf). If it came right down to it and it was either eat my horse or my family would starve, you can bet I would go get the gun. It would be very hard and would likely make me sick but I would do what I have to do to ensure the survival of me and mine. Some may think that makes me a horrible person that I didn't spout butterflies and rainbows about how I would starve before I ate my horse but the fact of the matter is, regardless of emotional connections, horses (even my own) are prey animals and by that very definition, are meat waiting to be eaten. I am a predator, I eat prey.
         

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