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post #1 of 45 Old 01-25-2010, 05:04 PM Thread Starter
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breeding for slaughter

Does anyone know about the sorry practice in Canada and some western states of breeding horses purposely for MEAT??

This is an ad from last week's Western Producer an agricultural paper from Saskatoon, Sask. YOUNG BRED PERCHERON MARES IN FOAL to a big stud. Will produce Japan type colt. 204-436-2571 Elm Creek, Manitoba.

Another ad reads FOR SALE OR LEASE bred belgian and percheron mares, 3 to 10 years old, large framed and EVAtested, colt repurchase option available. We are also purchasing open and bred belgian and percheron mares with above specifications. 360-458-7788 Yelm, Washington

These colts are finished to the desired weight, then shipped by Air Canada out of the Calgary International Airport for Japan. The colts are raised drug free. They are butchered and the meat is eaten raw much like Sushi. It sells for $20.00 a pound so only the rich can afford it.

It's bad enough that the other young animals are butchered for their meat but somehow it seems worse to do the same to horses.
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post #2 of 45 Old 01-25-2010, 06:59 PM
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I agree. Horses are smart, they think and have emotions and feelings. Like dog, we have a difficult time thinking that our beloved horses could end up on someones plate...but that is how different cultures do things. Sad but true.

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post #3 of 45 Old 01-25-2010, 07:01 PM
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There is a ranch in Colorado that breeds quarter horses for the European meat market.
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post #4 of 45 Old 01-25-2010, 07:10 PM
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That is horrible. How can ANYONE do that? I would say more, but I would be scared of what I would say... :(

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post #5 of 45 Old 01-25-2010, 07:13 PM
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There are all kinds of people. Like the ones that come to a new message board and their first post is about slaughter or some other controversal subject.

Most of the time we never see hide nor hair of them after.

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post #6 of 45 Old 01-25-2010, 07:14 PM
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I really don't see a problem in slaughter. Raising for slaughter I do. I think it falls together in the category or basically eating meat. I really don't care and think we need it. We don't need to breed for it.
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post #7 of 45 Old 01-25-2010, 08:52 PM
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That is horrible. How can ANYONE do that? I would say more, but I would be scared of what I would say... :(
Well honestly I just don't think the Japanese culture has the same relationship with equines as we do. For Americans (and many other cultures) they have been transportation, workers and even companions they served a huge purpose and were simply TO valuable to eat. That relationship has evolved and now we see theme as athletes and friends. But thats a WHOLE lot of history that lead up to where we are. I just don't know that they formed the same attachment as a society.

So I can see why it doesn't bother them.

That doesn't mean I think it's exceptable but in the US we raise cattle, sheep, pigs, fish, etc FOR the specific purpose of eating them...and that doesn't bug me at all and I haven't ever tasted red meat in my life lol

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post #8 of 45 Old 01-25-2010, 09:21 PM
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When ever I go to my cabin I have to pass 2 of those farms to get there. I used to get really upset about the fact that horses are raised and slaughtered. But as I got older I relized Its sad but no matter what I do It's still going to happen. So I just try not to think about it.

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post #9 of 45 Old 01-25-2010, 09:34 PM
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Anytime I think of a horse being slaughtered, my own horse comes to mind and the whole thing makes me sick. I even made my sister swear that if anything ever happened to me that she would keep Major for the rest of his life, even if she just retires him to the pasture. It's sad that horses are bred for slaughter, but IMO it's worse that they are trained, used and then later sold for slaughter when the owner can't afford them or gets bored with them or sells them to someone for way to cheap (who ends up selling them at kill sales). We have a horse trader in our community that buys horses here all winter and then hauls them to the kill sales to be sold for slaughter. Some of these horses even have fresh shoes on. I did business with him before I found out what he does. He seems like a very nice guy and takes good care of the horses on his property. I very nearly traded my horse to him, because my horse had so many fear issues and he was making me scared of him. The only thing that stopped me is that I felt like I could not get rid of my horse until I had exhausted all efforts to help him. I hired a trainer and found out how to help him (and me) and got to work on it and found out he is a great horse. You have to be very careful when selling a horse, especially if you are giving him away, selling him at under kill sale value or taking him to horse sales. I guess considering this topic you need to be careful when you are selling a horse for breeding purposes also. Geez, at $20 a pound I guess there are a lot of horses that are worth more as meat
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post #10 of 45 Old 01-25-2010, 09:39 PM
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I do not see the big deal.... cows feel and think too, yet you have no problem seeing their cute furry backsides thrown on the grill.... I think it is time to grow up and face reality that animals are eaten, even the ones you personally choose to like.

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