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post #51 of 149 Old 01-04-2011, 06:03 PM
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Yep, but bears also eat plants. Again, they're omnivores, not carnivores.

Cats and dogs are carnivores. Regardless of the people trying to feed them veggies, they're not set up to digest them.

No Erika, it's not illegal to eat horse meat in the U.S., nor is it illegal to have your own horse slaughtered for personal consumption. It's only the sale of horse meat for human consumption that's been banned in this country. Except for California and Oregon, which passed laws making all of it illegal. But CA and OR aren't the majority, and the rest of the 48 states have no such laws on the books.

I was also wondering, I read they closed the last horse slaughter house in the US...does that mean people can still slaughter their own horses though?

Wait, never mind I just actually thoroughly read what you wrote...
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I was wondering the same thing!
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post #53 of 149 Old 01-04-2011, 06:08 PM
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Yes, I can take my own horses to the local slaughter house and have them processed as meat, if I so wish. I don't so wish, but there are no laws saying I can't.

Again, except for CA and OR, who have banned all equine slaughter, you can legally have your own horses processed if you want to eat them. You can't sell the meat though, because the sale of horse meat has been banned. You can give the meat away, just not sell it.
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We had this discussion on a previous thread, but we don't eat carnivores due to the associated health risks. However those risks essentially only exist with wild animals - if you were to raise a dog or cat on manmade food then they'd be just as safe to eat as cow or chicken.

Because of the naturally occurring heavy metals on earth, the highest animal on the food chain always has the highest concentration of toxic heavy metals. This is why people are told to limit their intake of certain types of fish (tuna I think?) and things like shark. Because they're eating the fish that are eating other fish that are eating other fish, they have MASSIVE amounts of toxic mercury and the like in their system. All things consumed basically end up inside of carnivores because they're eating what the last animal ate and what the last animal ate and so on and so forth.

On that vein, humans are probably the most poisonous toxic foul sources of food around. I wouldn't want to be a cannibal just because of the horrid things we put into our bodies!

Bears are a bit different as they tend to stick to things like plants, berries and fish. They'll still contain a lot more heavy metals then the average herbivore, hence why we probably don't regularly eat bear meat.

Anyway that's virtually the only reason we don't eat carnivores, so technically if the animals were farm raised and fed manmade food, they'd be just as edible!

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But there are no more horse slaughter houses in the US anymore. There all shut down. So you would have to your horse to a private slaughter perso?. (don't know the correct terminology for a person that slaughters animals.)

I just want to make it clear I'm not trying to argue. I'm just curious.
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Well I do live in Oregon.So anything horse slaughter related is Illegal. I thought it was the whole USA though..atleast I learn a lot on here! Actually this one lady asked how I became so smart about horse stuff(I admitt I am not super smart with horse things but I habe learned a lot from you guys!)..I recommended this site to her
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But there are no more horse slaughter houses in the US anymore. There all shut down. So you would have to your horse to a private slaughter perso?. (don't know the correct terminology for a person that slaughters animals.)

I just want to make it clear I'm not trying to argue. I'm just curious.
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I am just as curious.
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Erika, there are plenty of slaughter houses in the U.S.; it's just the foreign owned equine slaughter houses that were all closed down.

I have a small, locally owned slaughter house near me. There's nothing different about it than the bigger operations except that it's small, and family owned and operated.

They have a small stockyard off to the side, and the slaughtering and processing goes on inside the building. They have a small store out front, but if you're having your own animals processed, you deal directly with the main butcher and not the sales staff.

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wait...so they sale the meat?
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post #60 of 149 Old 01-04-2011, 06:22 PM
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They can't sell the horse meat, Gidget. They can slaughter and process horses for personal use, but can't sell the meat.

However, if someone brings in hogs, goats, or cattle, they can and do sell some of the meat if they've arranged it with the animal owner.
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