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post #1 of 41 Old 04-19-2013, 11:20 PM Thread Starter
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So I've stopped eating gelatin.. think about your food choices!

OK. So I'm no food expert, I mean sure, I know some things about protein and nutritional labels and blah, but I do know a bit about horses (and learning)... this means that I'm one of those people who loves to talk about horses all the time, if I hear the word "horse" across the room my ears perk up.

With that being said, a friend of mine who is a vegan brought to my attention what gelatin contains. Wikipedia is not of course the most reputable of all sources since it isn't exactly a scholarly journal, but it actually does have a lot of interesting information, most of it factual despite the occasional flaw.

I pulled the excerpt from the following link Gelatin - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

Gelatin is a mixture of peptides and proteins produced by partial hydrolysis of collagen extracted from the skin, boiled crushed horn, hoof and bones, connective tissues, organs and some intestines of animals such as domesticated cattle, chicken, pigs, and horses. Food-grade gelatin is produced mainly from two raw materials, beef skin and pig hide. [nb: the chart below says the inverse]. Photographic and pharma grades of gelatin are generally made from beef bones, although some beef bone gelatin is used by the food industry. Gelatin is an animal protein unlike many other gelling agents used by the food industry.

Although I'm not sure if the gelatin in Jello and other food products contains horse or not, that isn't something I'm willing to risk.

I don't know where the line is drawn, but I have a lot of suspicion for the food industry and how it impacts horses. Not a few months ago there were recalls for pre-made dinners and European meals that contained horse meat.

Basically, I figured I'd get my voice out on here and just let everyone know that there are some bad things that happen that impact horses. I know how cruel the food industry can be (and I'm SURE I don't really know the full extent of it) to other animals too, but horses are different to me.

I guess I'm just saying look at your lifestyle choices and how they impact horses. Because if we want the world to change for the better, we can't sit by and watch other people shape it. It's our world too and if we want horses to live happily, we have to make that happen to the best of our ability.

God bless you all :)
and thanks for reading my opinion
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post #2 of 41 Old 04-19-2013, 11:30 PM
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And the problem is???? Heck I eat most of that stuff anyways.
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post #3 of 41 Old 04-19-2013, 11:39 PM
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And some red food dyes are made from beetles, yum!
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post #4 of 41 Old 04-19-2013, 11:43 PM
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And some red food dyes are made from beetles, yum!
I've always wondered what that factory is like. Lol.
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post #5 of 41 Old 04-19-2013, 11:56 PM
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Now I can start threatening to turn Mia into Jello instead of glue...

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I see absolutely no difference between consuming beef intended for human consumption and horse intended for human consumption other than taste/texture perhaps.

Would I eat my horse? Heck no... I am aware of all the Bute, Banamine and countless other medicines I have fed him.

I eat my cows that I hand-raise, cudde and love right up until I say goodbye and close the pen at the butcher and wouldn't have an issue doing the same with a horse that was raised in the same manner that I raise my cows.
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post #7 of 41 Old 04-20-2013, 01:04 AM
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There is a product called Carrageenan- most people have never heard of it. It is a gelling agent made from seaweed.
It is in a variety of foods. Yogurt, protein bars, other milk products, Icecream, meat, salad dressing, canned pet foods, and your toothpaste.

It has been linked to GI cancer, and is used to make a mouse model of inflammatory bowel disease for research. Turns out it triggers severe inflammation of the GI tract, especially in people prone to problems. Causes ulcers and colitis. I looked through my frig and found it in about 5 different foods that I eat at least 1-3 servings a day of. Also linked to birth defects.

It is a billion dollar business and the FDA has turned a blind eye on the health concerns associated with this product. And here I was wondering why one of my cats keeps throwing up her food...
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I have no problem eating products that include horse meat or by products.
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This reminds me... slightly off topic, but hey. So be it.

I am all for animal welfare, and involved actively in animal rescue. That being said.. I can't stand PETA. And I really can't stand PETA people.

I met a PETA girl, "vegan", whole nine yards. We got into a "debate" since she was saying that ANY animal can get proper nutrition thru plants only (this is besides the topic of plants being alive, as well, which I brought into discuss as well- not to mention how the cultivation of plants destroys natural habitats, etc and so forth...). I told her carnivores are evolved to eat meat- they don't process plant material, their guts are made differently, etc. She was determined to convince me otherwise. So, I said.. well, what about snakes?

Her response... "Eww, snakes are gross"

... "So.. ya only like creatures that are fuzzy and cute then?" (This remark made her not so happy, but she didn't have a counter argument).

THEN... she ordered jello as dessert.

... I couldn't help but to explain to her what it was made out of as she was swallowing...

Was a priceless moment.
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Want to know what you call a cat that you turn into a vegan? Starving!
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