Originally Posted by Conway
Does anyone else wonder if this will lead to commercial market farms for horses in the US in the future?? To fit some need for horsemeat in other countries.
I'm not against slaughter in the least, there has to be an outlet for unwanted horses. Rescues just can't take them in and neither can people like us who get dumped with unwanted nags.
BUT the thought of intentionally raising horses for slaughter turns my stomach... Feeding them out like cattle. I'm not sure why, I understand that they are livestock...
This is what has always confused me about horse slaughter. People keep telling me horse meat it's a delicacy in some countries, but I can't imagine that you get high quality meat from random unwanted horses (some old, some skinny, none of them having a reliable history of medications used). It seems you'd need to raise them specifically for meat production, slaughter them at a young age, etc. to be suitable for human consumption and worthwhile to ship overseas. Like cows. I can only assume that in reality most of the horse meat goes to food for other animals (zoos, etc.)
I'm not against horses being raised for meat if they're free range- it doesn't seem like a bad life for a free range animal of any type to be able to roam and be well fed for its whole life until being humanely killed. But a bunch of horses raised in dirty, overcrowded dry lots? That would bother me
As far as the Equine Identification Document, that seems to be a requirement of the Canadian government. It seems like most countries aside from the US have some sort of requirement to register horses and keep some sort of passport-type document for them.