Horse Slaughter for Human Consumption
I was going to post this on one of the other threads, but didn't want to go "off-topic", so here goes.
I have a question. This might be kind of stupid, but....
So horse slaughter is supposed to help solve the glut of horses in the market right now. The old, ill, "rescued", abused, insane, etc, etc. I know that some of these are used to feed predators in zoos/rescues etc. In theory some will be used to feed people, right?
My question has to do with meat quality. So, from what I know they don't generally butcher cows (for human consumption) over the age of what? 2-3 years old? And they are usually: A. Bred specifically to produce meat B. Raised to produce the tastiest meat possible.
So, what kind of meat is the old, abused, rail thin horse going to provide? Is it even going to be marketable to the human food market? What about all the random supplements and drugs that are pumped into horses? Do the plants have some sort of holding area where the animals are fattened up or de-drugged (for lack of a better term). Or will this create a necessity for equine feed lots? Or will more yearlings/two-three year olds be bought by meat buyers at auctions/private sales?
I mean I would probably try horse someday... but I sure wouldn't eat the equivalent of my 27 yr old gelding I put to sleep a couple years ago. Lame, blind, drugged, skin and bones, not to mention old, tough, and stringy. Ick...
I don't have anything against equine slaughter, although I wouldn't send one of my horses (bullet and bobcat would solve any issue I had). I've just wondered about this.... Any enlightment would be great.
My guess would be the same as an old cow - ground meat - hamburger, ground chuck, soup bone, sausage.
Ok. I had thought (at least that's what they taught us) that after a certian age/point old cows weren't used even in ground meat. But if that's not the case that totally answers my question. Thanks!
Probably not for human consumption! But there is beef in various other critter foods!
That I can definitely see and understand. I'm sure my dog wouldn't mind either.
I just couldn't see (most) people really wanting to eat horse considering the source (older, abused, skinny, etc). I suppose they would grade it though like cow meat? And some would be graded for human consumption and other wouldn't pass the test so to say and would end up as food for other animals.
Thanks, I'm feeling a little dumb right now. I probably would've thought that out if I would've sat down and really thought about it. Allergies and Claritan D are clogging my head today. :D
Well if they are using them in dog foods, are all the stuff that put in them even safe for OTHER animals?
The De-wormers I use clearly say not to use in animals meant for human consumption. But if IIII cant eat it, My other animals certainly arent either.
Course I only buy Holistic dog food, so my point is probably moot.
But I think you have a very good question, are these horses that WERE taken good care of at one point, that were vaccinated, de-wormed, supplemented, etc, ARE they safe to even be eaten by our animals?
Im totally against horse slaughter!!! I think if stupid people who think they are "horse people" should breed bad horses or don't have the money to bred them or knowlege then they shouldn't breed their horses!! "Backyard breeding"? Dumb and crule!!
and not trying to sound mean and im not saying it to sound anything like a jerk, but if you do some research (especially on youtube) you see how bad the horses have it! All crammed into a small trailer that they fall, hit their head, get walked on, don't get any water or food and a lot of them die before getting slaughtered! completly wrong in my opion!!
Anyways, after deworming the horses I set the dewormer down. Of course my daughter found it as soon as I turned my back. Needless to say I called poison control. They said to not worry its what they use for people as well. So I'm thinking it would just make the meat taste funky.
I'm sure I'll get either bashed or banned for this, but I am neither FOR nor AGAINST horse slaughter.
I do not value a horses life over a cow or chickens if being dinner was what they were bred for. I'm not talking pets. I'm talking horses as livestock.
Overseas horses are eaten all the time. We here raise cows, pigs, chickens, and think nothing of killing them for dinner (unless you're a vege of course) and the same goes for people who eat horses. They are Dinner to them too.
I cant eat anything that to me has a face. If I rasied it, its a family member, NOT food.
Most of the people who are against horse slaughter have NO problems eating their Filet Mignon. Cows, chickens, pigs, etc, go through the same things horses do when sent to slaughter. Which is why so many people go vegan.
^ Oh shush, stop spouting propaganda.
MN, I would guess like you that there would be different 'grades' of meat - Lower grades going into say pet food, then zoos, and then the top level for human consumption. There are quite a few young, fit and healthy horses that would be slaughter candidates due to mental issues, injury, so on and so forth. The glut of mustangs could also be used in that way.
I also believe that wormers/medications etc. All have meat witholding periods - I.e. a time frame in which you can't slaughter for human consumption, but afterwards it's fine. Cattle get vaccinated and medicated as well.
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