March 11, 2010, - 4:29 pm

Sad Sign of the Times or Natural Progression of Carnivores?: Horsemeat . . . It’s (Maybe Soon) What’s For Dinner

By Debbie Schlussel

Is it really a sad sign of the bad economic times that a Missouri state legislator introduced a bill to circumvent federal rules barring horsemeat slaughter?  Yes and no.


Horses – The New “Other White Meat”?

I’ve never understood the U.S. prohibition on slaughtering horses for human consumption.  As an observant Jew, horses aren’t kosher.  So, I’d never eat them even if I could.  Still, while the thought of eating horses disgusts me–I love horseback riding and, because of that, have an affinity for the animal–why are horses any more special than any other animal we slaughter and eat?

Is horsemeat any less healthy than a steak  or chicken?  Not being a nutritionist or dietitian, I have no idea.  I’d never eat dog or cat or snake (and none of those are kosher, so even if I wanted to, my religion prohibits it).  But if you believe–as I do–that animals are here to serve man, that we can ride them, eat them, and use them for leather, fur, and feathers, then why are horses any more sacred than other living beings to which we do these things and gain these materials for our use?

They aren’t . . . unless you’re a PETA (or as I call it, PUTAh–People for the Unethical Treatment of Animals and humans) activist, since PETA likes to use things that normally disgust us,  like the meat of horses, dogs, and cats to get us to transfer those thoughts of disgust to beef, fowl, and fish that we find acceptable to the palate and consumption.

Until a few months ago, I had two very cool pairs of high-heeled horsehair boots.  They didn’t fit me anymore and so, downsizing and de-cluttering, I sold them.  But does wearing horse hair boots make me less humane than someone who wears boots made of leather made from cowhide or lambskin?  I don’t think so.  So, why the difference in the attitude toward the meats, other than our sentimentalization of horses over cattle?

Now, Rep. Jim Viebrock, the Missouri Republican State Representative, wants Missouri to be allowed to slaughter horses for human consumption.  I’m not sure how the bill, if passed, would get around pre-emption by the federal law, especially if the Department of Agriculture fights it.

But the bill has its merits.

Not only does it have the support of Missouri’s Director of Agriculture, Jon Hagler, but it would address the growing problem of an increasing number of unwanted and abandoned horses.  In this tough economy, a number of horse owners can no longer afford to keep, feed, and properly care for their horses and, instead, set them free or–worse–allow them to starve and/or get sick.  And, right now, many  of these horses are being purchased and hauled off to Canada and Mexico for slaughter and meat, in those locations.  Is there really a moral or legitimate reason that it shouldn’t be done here?

Some anti-slaughter advocates claim that abandoned horses should, instead, be euthanized, probably because they don’t want the creation of an easy supply for horsemeat.

But, if they’re going to be killed anyway, isn’t it better not to waste the meat and put it to good use–providing jobs and business for those who would slaughter it and food for those who would consume it?

Like I said, even if it wasn’t unkosher, for me the idea of eating horse meat turns my stomach.  But that’s just my taste.  And there are plenty who wouldn’t think twice about it.

In a tough economy, many can’t afford to think twice.

So, I ask: there are no sacred cows. When it comes to meat, why are there sacred horses?

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52 Responses

I’ve eaten horse meat and it’s tender and tasty like good pot roast.

At least the horse meat I’ve had was good and I’m not BSing

ebayer on March 11, 2010 at 4:41 pm

I think it is a sign of the times. Horses are expensive to keep. I have wondered why they eat horse in Europe, Mexico, and Canada but not here. I’m surprised that the taste for horse didn’t end up in the melting pot of America. I wouldn’t eat it, but I wonder if I have due to traveling to Mexico, and the Caribean.

Jennifer on March 11, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    Horse is not eaten “in Europe” as an assumed entity, but in certain European countries. While I’m sure it can probably be bought in the UK, I’ve never seen it for sale – it certainly isn’t found in any regular butcher’s shop – and I have never tasted it. I never would either, I don’t think.

    Alison on March 11, 2010 at 5:50 pm

      You had best not look too closely at your bangers and mash.

      sorrow01 on March 11, 2010 at 7:34 pm

        I’m very careful where I buy my meat products from. I get all my sausages from the one local butcher who wins ridiculous amounts of awards every year, so I’m sure there is no horse in there. However, that’s not to say it doesn’t find its way into other products. We do have to have all ingredients listed, though.

        If there was horse in mash I’d worry. 😀

        Alison on March 11, 2010 at 11:00 pm

Dogs especially, but also horses and cats have a symbiotic relationship with man. Dogs, for example, lead our blind, protect our homes and families, sniff out bombs, drugs, earthquake victims and criminals, alert us to dangers we lack the capabilities to sense and previously helped us hunt for our very survival. We can think of better uses for them rather than eating them, unlike other cultures, and bestow a special respect for them. A chicken or a cow has never pulled its owner from a burning building. Horses will carry us to he point of death from exhaustion and cats protected us from starvation by killing vermin that contaminate our food stores.

That’s the difference and is why civilized peoples don’t eat these animals.

DS_ROCKS! on March 11, 2010 at 5:02 pm

It’s a terrorist plot to deprive us of tasty horsemeat.

Actually, it’s a cultural affinity for horses. As omnivores, we can eat just about anything, including cats and dogs. But we think of horses, cats, and dogs as pets and companions, not as something to eat.

The Terrorist's Advocate on March 11, 2010 at 5:06 pm

I almost took a taste of horse meat once in France.

We were attending an honorary luncheon given in behalf of our group of historians in Amboise. There was a part of the luncheon which looked like beef with pom frites ( fried potatoes).

As soon as I got it close to my face I realized it was horse. Why?

BECAUSE IT SMELLED LIKE HORSE SWEAT! I am vey familiar with that scent. It was cooked VERY rare as well. The French love VERY rare meat anyway. I think they only “show” the meat the fire! lol

Because my husband likes to ride, English style, we had owned horses for many years at the time.

I told my husband very quietly and we did not eat that course. Anyway, it was just too rare even if it was beef. There was plenty more to eat. In fact too much!

I do not eat animals which are “pets”. Cats, dogs,ferrets, gerbils, parrakets or HORSES.

Personal choice of course. I can do without meat as necessary.

Even during the America Revolution at Valley Forge with the cold and depravation,the men did not eat their horses. All horses that died( not that many actually) were buried with a sort of honor for their service to the Contintental Army.

I know some people will eat horse and that is their choice however I wonder about eating horses that have died from disease though. Will that pass the Govt. meat inspection?

Sewsalot on March 11, 2010 at 5:17 pm

frenchmen eat chevaline(horsemeat) same frenchmen at vichy who sent trainloads of french jews to poland

with the economy being bad, maybe a lot of families can’t support their kids. so instead of killing them humanely to save money of course money being so important, they could sell the meat and keep the money?

Jim on March 11, 2010 at 5:22 pm

Debbie, animals may be here to serve us but they are G-d’s creations with souls if somewhat lower than ours. We may use them but not in frivolous ways e.g. Mink stoles in Miami or feathers as adornment. Fur in truly frigid places like Michigan along with down comforters is fine. They kill the ducks to get those down feathers. We also cannot abuse or kill them cruelly, as you know. Our later Sages said we were to eat meat sparingly and then only on Shabbat. I don’t believe they were considering poultry “meat” as that ruling came later. So during the week, eat poultry, fish and beans if you can tolerate them and save the red meat (which I love BTW) for Shabbat. Don’t make fashion statements out of the hides of other sentient beings, use only as necessary. Our Sages also taught that the unclean animals contain the souls of unrepentant sinners while the kosher animals have those of the repentant. Kill only out of necessity and enjoy your riding. I love it too and am still a horse crazy 12 year old somewhere inside me. We have always had cats ( as pets not dinner) and right now I don’t want to deal with a dog but I enjoy those of others.

mk750 on March 11, 2010 at 5:23 pm

Oh, I got a bit OT there but I agree, horse meat should be allowed. What happens to old horses that outlive their “usefulness” is horrible.

mk750 on March 11, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    Her point is that many of these animals are euthanized anyway, so you are not saving that animal’s life. We are facing a situation in the United States in which old prejudices and fetishes are becoming too expensive to sustain, such as our phobia against nuclear power plants and off shore drilling. If the meat is already available, why not use it? Are you prepared to watch a family starve, or live miserably, because you liked “Mr. Ed”?

    sorrow01 on March 11, 2010 at 7:40 pm

I had horse meat sashimi in Japan. A little place in Kure to be exact. Is was slightly sweet but had very little flavor other than that.

Not my cup of tea, but I had to try it. It wasn’t terrible, that’s for sure.

Kresh on March 11, 2010 at 5:31 pm

There were racehorses called “Israeli Jet” and “Goldinmyhair”, etc.?

Weren’t those horses kosher?

Jim on March 11, 2010 at 5:32 pm

Racehorses have so much steroids and drugs pumped into them all their lives and people want to chance eating that?

Jim on March 11, 2010 at 5:34 pm

Horses can be pretty smart like dogs or cats so that’s one reason I wouldn’t choose to eat them.

I know they shot that horse in “Defiance” but that could be artistic license or exigent circumstances. If I was starving in the woods I might eat some horse meat too.

Pinandpuller on March 11, 2010 at 5:39 pm

I may not agree with what you eat but I will defend to the death your right to eat it (including horse meat).

Surprised on March 11, 2010 at 5:49 pm

Ha’Rav Kook noted that only those who were [spiritually] “weak” were permitted to eat their fellow passengers on the Ark.

Don’t eat Fury or trigger.

Mikael on March 11, 2010 at 5:50 pm

Dog rules, cat drool.

madman on March 11, 2010 at 6:05 pm

Logically I guess you’re right, but eating horsemeat is repulsive to me also. I remember when I was a kid there were scandals about how hamburgers might have had horsemeat. Those memories have stayed with me, so I could never make the switch.

Little Al on March 11, 2010 at 7:51 pm

My grandparents raised mink and fed them horsemeat. My Grandma once got so irritated at having to feed a plumber who always showed up to work right at lunchtime that she made a casserole out the mink’s feed just for him. It must not taste good because he stopped showing up at lunchtime after that.

LifeInaShoe on March 11, 2010 at 8:10 pm

I think it’s mostly psychological. Horses are herbivores, so unlike cats, dogs, pigs, etc. they don’t absorb transferable germs, virouses, diseases, from what they consume, and therefore should be safe to eat if they didn’t die from some sickness. However unlike cows, pigs and fowl they also serve another purpose, which makes them pets in a way.

Animals raised for food are slaughtered in their prime. They stop growing, it’s time for the deli. You don’t put in any more than you get out.
Horses however, you keep until they can’t do their job anymore, and by then, they’re part of the family.
Nobody wants to see Black Beauty on their plate like they wouldn’t Old Yeller and Garfield.
And Kresh is right…I too had horsemeat once and it was sweet but bland. Give me a nice T-bone any-ol-day!

I’ve always been ‘green’ in a way and try not to waste anything usefull whenever possible, so one question: horse parts have been used for glue, violin bows and other assorted things, so why not horse leather?

theShadow on March 11, 2010 at 8:50 pm

On this, Debbie, I must disagree. There’s nothing wrong with horse meat, or meat from any animal other than human.

Robert of Ottawa on March 11, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    Well, that fat nasty lady up the street is the exception to the humans only rule, right? 😉

    sorrow01 on March 11, 2010 at 9:22 pm

@Jim on March 11, 2010 at 5:22 pm
Sorry, but your comment just sounds ‘so wrong’ if read too quickly:

“a lot of families can’t support their kids. so instead of killing them humanely to save money”…..

…..LOL!… 🙂

theShadow on March 11, 2010 at 9:06 pm

i have tried many different meats as a black man from the south,i have found that if you get hungry enough you can eat anything.
seems like a horse is cleaner than a chicken or goat.
the french love horse meat and are the greatest conisours so it must be worth checking out.
i bet if you put enough sauce and slow cook it you wouldnt know or care what your eating.
as far is it being kosher if it tasted half as good as beef and was 75% cheaper the rabbis would find a loophole making it kosher.

BW: Keeping kosher has nothing to do with cheaper meat. In fact, kosher meat and other foods are far more expensive. But we pay the money because it’s part of our faith to keep kosher. Cost is not a factor. We are not cheap, despite the stereotype. DS

Beneficent Williams on March 11, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    Debbie’s right and it has nothing to do with sanitation. Kosher includes inspection for diseases, each and every animal not a random sample.
    NObody has to starve in America. Buy some seeds, a hoe, a shovel and a hose and get to work. If you can, let a few chickens free range and you’ll have fertilizer and eggs. If you go hungry it’s because you are too soft to find food anyplace but Publix or wherever. Stop wasting water on a manicured lawn unless you’re raising sheep. Take a survival class and learn to forage. Heck, Italian immigrants used to cultivate dandelions. They make great salad. Same goes for lots of field greens. All vegetables are kosher.

    mk750 on March 12, 2010 at 8:06 am

I think we’d all be better off if we’d just follow God’s Law. Horse is unclean. Ya know, they say you are what you eat… Perhaps we should encourage folks to eat clean and just perhaps the rest of the body would follow? I used to love pork ribs, best barbecue in the world! Regardless, is it a small thing to believe the Lord God and do what He says? I’ve cleaned up my diet according to the Torah and continue to learn and follow the One that created me. I suspect He knows best. That being said, who are we to make any further Law? The Teaching is there for those that choose to learn from it. I hope you all do.

Avi on March 11, 2010 at 9:21 pm

@ Avi or anyone else here:
I’m not Jewish and don’t fully understand the whole “Kosher” thing, but know that it’s more than just what foods you eat, so bear with me please:
Pork and fowl are unclean because they consume just about anything including rodents and insects (plus pigs are also known to be cannibalistic), correct?
So why are horses considered to be unclean?
Just curious…Thanks…

theShadow on March 11, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    It is not based on sanitation but spiritual contamination and Avi is right, the reason is not given. You as a non-Jew may be permitted the “unclean” animals according to some B’nei Noach authorities and rabbis who teach them. I disagree. (I know I said horse was ok earlier, I meant as a meat it’s no worse than pig or possum to slaughter one.) I don’t think the `” Seven Laws of Noah” are a short list to be read as an entirety, I think they are more of an index and require elaboration and interpretation. Ditto for Christians in Acts when the Jerusalem Council states the 4 things converts must observe and when it’s written “things strangled” I believe this was understood by the Jewish participants to mean all the Kosher regs.

    mk750 on March 12, 2010 at 8:15 am


The dietary laws are specifically stated in the Bible, without reference as to any underlying reason. In short, horses are unclean because they do not divide the hoof. Mammals have to have a divided hoof and chew the cud to be clean food for us; hence, cattle are clean, but horses are not. The reason is not stated, so the diet of the animal is not our concern, but only whether it meets the Lord’s criteria. One could spiritualize the requirement, and say that dividing the hoof represents discernment between life and death (as knowing the Tree of Life) and chewing the cud represents mulling over the Word to get all of its meaning and life imparting qualities. But that interpretation is just my mulling over the Word in this respect to the requirement, and not the Word Itself. So, bottom line is, pork is unclean because the Lord says so (pigs don’t chew the cud). Read the Bible. If you believe the Bible is the Lord’s Word, do it and be trained by it. If you are a Christian, read Matthew 5:19.

Avi on March 11, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    You must be a “Hebrew” Christian.

    Matthew 5:19? Why not refer your maybe-not-so-fellow Christians to the story of Peter and Cornelius in Acts 10? I’m already guessing what your answer will be.

    While we’re here, we can have fun:

    Matthew 5:19 says you’re not to mess with even the slightest of the Torah’s laws, yet verse 30 right there has no foundation in Torah law. Oopsie.

    The Jewish dietary laws were given to the Jewish people. The Torah does not obligate gentiles, whether Christian, Muslim or Buddhist, to keep kosher.

    Shy Guy on March 12, 2010 at 1:06 am

Doing things based on the Lord (or Allah or whatever deity) says so without questioning, is the reason why some Muslims think slitting throats and killing Jews is halal/kosher because their holy books says so. What is meant by “the Lord says so”, is in reality, what your perception/interpretation says so. If the perception haven’t been perfected yet, it might not necessarily be what the Lord want to convey to you, it’s your assumption.

If we really think about it, that the Bible/Torah defined clean animals as those with parted hoof and chewing the cud, that’s quite a strange definition of clean if it is meant to be read literally as dietary laws. Literally, we take a bath and feel cleaner, so for us, being clean literally means no dirt, or other nasty stuff sticking to our skin, and hopefully, bactery free. If you really believe Torah/Bible is inspired words, then with that strange definition of clean, if you are a thinking person, you would question whether it is meant to be literal or perhaps it was meant to convey an allegorical meaning of spiritual nature. It could means anything but for those who call themselves believers (Jews,Christians) they are adviced to “chew the cud” (reprocess the superficially accepted information/faith thoroughly). Eating quickly without reprocessing the cud means absorbing a superficially accepted blind faith and prematurely integrated it quickly into our being and assume we have found the truth while in reality, we have block ourselves from uncovering truth by jumping too quickly to a premature conclusion. This, premature conclusion, is the reason why some (most) people have eyes but can not see and have ears but can not hear.

SpicaChang on March 12, 2010 at 3:06 am

Well, Spica, your mistake and others is that the Torah does not define kosher and non-kosher animals as “clean” or “dirty”.

It uses the terms “Tahor” and “Tahmeh”, which are very loosely translated as spiritually pure and impure.

While there may be hygienic benefits to Jewish dietary laws, the Torah does not give that as the reason for their requirement.

Shy Guy on March 12, 2010 at 5:11 am

Horses, at least in this country, are generally raised to be ridden, raced or in some instances for work. The Budweiser Clydesdale’s come to mind. So if we’re not raising horses to be used as food for humans it seems to me that they would be tough, maybe stringy and not very tasty. We have a lot of “wild” horses in Nevada and the animal activists go crazy when it’s mentioned even rounding them up and putting them in enclosures. Suggesting that we actually eat the horses might just well send the activists over the edge and change from activists to terrorists.

kenny komodo on March 12, 2010 at 7:02 am

I belive the ban on consumption goes back to Horses being the primary means of travel both civilian and military. In some states horse theft is still on the books as a capital crime thats how seriously people took their horses.
I do not know if I would eat one unless I was starving but I do not see a reason for others not to eat them. If it has the added benifit of pissing off PEtA then I say…. fire up the BBQ and throw trigger on the coals. Hell, invite some Africans and S Americans and throw the PETA members on the BBQ too. Afterall their corn fed too right?

martin fee on March 12, 2010 at 7:37 am

Back in the 80’s, there was some sort of major meat boycott or shortage. I don’t recall if it was only in the NY area but horse became a very common meat, both at some butchers and at many an eatery.

Anyone else recall this?

Shy Guy on March 12, 2010 at 7:57 am

I will drink water for weeks and starve for months than eat horses. I am not a big meat eater in general. but PETA will have a field day for all the wrong reasons. we are losing our ability to make our own food, the jobs are gone and our leaders are idiots. In the event masses of pple have to survive we may have to offer other kinds of meat…scary times

linda on March 12, 2010 at 8:55 am

The aversion to eating Horse here is largely cultural.
Howwever, Horse because more popular in the UK because of the fears of Mad Cow Disease….I guess it didn’t spread to Horse like it did to Cow….

Shootist on March 12, 2010 at 9:45 am

[i]Shy Guy:
Well, Spica, your mistake and others is that the Torah does not define kosher and non-kosher animals as “clean” or “dirty”.
It uses the terms “Tahor” and “Tahmeh”, which are very loosely translated as spiritually pure and impure.[/i]
If as Jew you know about tet-hay-vav-rosh (Tahor) and tet-mem-aleph (Tahmeh), I think you can’t just assume any non Jews you meet don’t know about Hebrew. I am aware of how Tahor and Tahmeh were translated through out the OT bible. In our present age, with bible software and it’s hebrew lexicon, it’s just a matter of a few clicks, isn’t it?

[i]Shy Guy:
While there may be hygienic benefits to Jewish dietary laws, the Torah does not give that as the reason for their requirement.[/i]
So, in your understanding of Torah, is animals with literal cloven hoof and chewing cuds spiritually clean? If yes according to how you read your Torah, then may I ask why so? Because the blind faith of G*d says so? Or any other reason, perhaps more rational reason?

SpicaChang on March 12, 2010 at 10:43 am

Horse is pretty good, I’ve tried it a few times. Whale is also good, as is dolphin and sea turtle.

Jarhead on March 12, 2010 at 11:11 am

I agree with DS_Rocks; certain animals have earned our respect and we should not eat them. I am an observant Jew so follow kosher laws but putting those aside, I would not eat a companion animal out of respect for what they offer to our lives and society. I also believe that animals have souls and while they are not on the level of humans (though, that could be up for debate, as there are certain dogs who are more noble than certain humans), we should not kill them wantonly, but only out of necessity.

batyah on March 12, 2010 at 11:57 am

Horse meat is great. While they don’t serve it here in Cyprus, I have had it in France, Switzerland and Mongolia. Tasty, tender and lean.

alive in Cyprus on March 12, 2010 at 12:02 pm

We have a problem here in SE Florida where owners are finding their horses have been slaughtered by trespassers for the meat. Horses are extremely expensive, so perhaps the laws against horsemeat were to protect horses, given the fact they tend to roam, perhaps to reduce the temptation for someone to slaughter a stray horse.

Or maybe restaurants or meat packers used to slip horse meat in with cattle meat back in the old days, and the law was meant to prevent it.

Jewish Marksman on March 12, 2010 at 12:34 pm

Well, here in the states and western society generally, horses are considered pets. Just as dogs and cats, which are a good source of protein and plentiful, aren’t looked at as food, horses hold a special place in our hearts with affection reserved for pets. I like a good plate of fish & chips, but wouldnt think of removing Goldie from her fishbowl and smothering her with lemon and tartar.

Of course, in times of famine… rules do change.

Jeffery Wright on March 12, 2010 at 12:45 pm

Horses are bred and raised as pets in this country just as dogs, ats, etc. (horses are not the same as cattle or other livestock that are raised for food – although they are still comsidered “livestock”). They trust humans and depend on them for their care. To look at them as a food source is pathetic and a very third world way of thinking. So if we follow the logic that they are just the same as any other animal raised for it’s meat (which they are NOT), we might as well go to every animal shelter in the country and slaughter those animals for food. I bet China and Korea would buy them. (Hey – we can make some money!). The drive behind the re-opening of slaughterhouses is simply financial for those who will benefit from the sale of the meat to forgein countries. Slaughtering horses that would potentially be abused makes no sense (horse slaughter as it has been practiced is terrbily cruel). And why would you want to eat a starved animal? And no one has mentioned the fact that many former racehorses end up slaughtered for meat. Yikes, the drugs these horses are given (and somthines we don’t even know what they were given) should preclude them from being sold for meat.
It’s an expensive venture to care for horses. Owners and breeders need to be responsible and held accountable. But the solution should not be to kill them all.

RTR on March 12, 2010 at 1:25 pm

As has been said already, we can only guess at God’s reasoning behind the rules he sets down.

For example, when the bible says, “do not boil a kid (baby goat) in its mother’s milk,” we ask “Why?” We’re not told, but we can guess and the most common guess is that it is spiritually disrespectful. It’s one thing to kill a food animal and eat it. It’s another thing entirely to degrade that animal, to abuse it, to humiliate it (before or after death). Cooking it in its mother’s milk would be degrading in exactly that way.
And this guess might be wrong.

Eating horsemeat could touch the same issue. Horses were created/evolved to be capable of certain attributes, and by our managing/breeding of them we have brought out this capability. Their faithfulness, ability to work, and generations of service to humankind should not be insulted by killing them for food save perhaps in grave circumstance.

luagha on March 12, 2010 at 2:16 pm

Horse meat was popular with body builders in the late ’70’s for it’s high protein and low fat. There was a vendor at the Pike Place Market in Seattle (Montana Horse Meat Co) who attempted to popularize the meat by offering free corned meat samples. The meat was sweeter than Buffalo and very cheap.

Jay Patrick on March 12, 2010 at 2:38 pm

This issue is quite simple. If you want to slaughter horses for food, then they need to be raised like livestock. That means a full tracking system with complete vet records. If the horse is going to be bred and raised for other purposes such as work, racing, performing, therapy, service, etc. then it is not a food animal and should be humanely euthanized as we do with all non-food animals in our country. Almost all horses received medications throughout their careers or work life that are banned in food producing animals. The EU is cracking down and requiring health certification that the horse has not received a banned substance. The owner must make the decision at birth whether it is food or not. I can’t imagine anyone spending thousands of dollars raising a horse to sell to a kill buyer for $300. Nobody is forcing anyone to own or breed a horse. It is a choice and with that choice comes responsibility for providing a humane care and a humane death. US horses don’t suddenly become food animals because they’re done racing or working.

vicki on March 16, 2010 at 5:43 pm

Actually, Horse Meat was the order of the day for civilians during WWII, as beef was conserved for soldiers overseas.

AthiestCrusader on March 19, 2010 at 8:38 pm

Horse meat is unfit for humans to eat.
Food and Chemical Toxicology, Volume 48, Issue 5, May 2010, Pages 1270-1274
Association of phenylbutazone usage with horses bought for slaughter: A public health risk
Nicholas Dodman, Nicolas Blondeau, Ann M. Marini

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs – prohibited as well Phenylbutazone, known as “bute,” is a veterinary drug only label-approved by the Food & Drug Administration for use by veterinarians in dogs and horses. It has been associated with debilitating conditions in humans and it is absolutely not permitted for use in food-producing animals. USDA/FSIS has conducted a special project to for this drug in selected bovine slaughter plants under federal inspection. An earlier pilot project by FSIS found traces less than 3% of the livestock selected for testing, sufficient cause for this special project. There is no tolerance for this drug in food-producing livestock, and they and their by-products are condemned when it is detected. Dairy producers must not use this drug in food-producing livestock and if it is found, those producers will be subject to FDA investigation and possible prosecution.

Horse Owner Survey Shows NSAID Use Trends
by: Edited Press Release
April 30 2009, Article # 14073

In a recent survey, 96% of respondents said they used nonsteroidal
anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to control the joint pain and
inflammation in horses, and 82% administer them without always
consulting their veterinarian. More than 1,400 horse owners and trainers
were surveyed to better understand attitudes toward NSAIDs, in a project
sponsored by Merial, the maker of Equioxx (firocoxib).

99 percent of horses that started in California last year raced on bute, according to Daily Racing Form. Bute is banned in the United States and Canada for horses intended for the food chain. That’s a permanent ban.
Are horses used to make pet food?
Horses are not raised for food in the United States so they are not generally used in commercial pet foods.

Tom Durfee on May 17, 2010 at 6:17 pm

theres a great reason not to eat horses. the most commonly slaughtered horses are ones from the track that are lame or not fast enough. they are full of drugs. bad stuff. we give them IV DMSO to controll swelling in the feet and joints and all kinds of other really horrible things to eat. often horses who are slaughtered are just shipped to auctions and then to slaughter houses no questions asked.
additionally, horses are beloved pets when they are stolen they are often worth more than a steer. if they were slaughtered commonly then they would be stolen more often and its a real headache to keep track of stolen horses. Especially when they are worth tens of thousands. Slaughter houses are supposed to scan for avid chips but often do not. They know their animals come from dodgy sources there would be a lot of loss if they had to give back every stolen horse that ran thru the chute…
Thirdly the FDA REQUIRES horses be stunned but not killed, then winched up by a hind leg and bled out while ALIVE when slaughtered for human consumption. This freaks out a lot of people as well it should.
How do i know this? My best friends dad was in the business and she was SOOOO ASHAMED. And another one of my friends is a govt inspector for these kind of slaughter plants.

Gushka on August 12, 2010 at 6:53 pm

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