posted on Feb, 1 2013 @ 05:08 PM
reply to post by sylent6
Well delurking here as I am a horse owner and lover as you can guess from my user name so I have a few points I wanted to add to the discussion.
Whilst I personally find eating horse as distasteful as eating labrador or moggie meat I am an omnivore and do eat cow, lamb, pig, deer, rabbit and
all kinds of fowl. I have reared, killed prepared my own meat and am not squeamish about it, I think the knowing the animal I am eating had a decent
life and a cruelty free dispatch helps me to square my "oh aren't they cute!" tendencies when I occasionally wrestle with the omnivores dilemma.
To this end I have begun buying all of my meat online in bulk from a reputable butchers that only sell free range organic stock. I am on a pretty
tight budget but have found that by experimenting with cheaper cuts (beef cheeks are delicious!) and by only making all my meals from scratch, no
processed junk that I'm not spending any more money than before and enjoying much more tasty food and loosing weight too.
What does this have to do with horse meat in your burgers? Well I don't know about anywhere else but in the UK part of the problem of horses not
being part of our food chain is that they do not enjoy any of the protection that farm animals do. They are shipped across Europe, crammed into
lorries often without stops for water in horrendous conditions, I don't want to loose my supper by searching for links but there has been a long
running campaign against this with some very graphic images and videos of the consequences, ie pregnant mares crushed underfoot because of
overcrowding in a lorry that travelled all the way from the UK to Italy, animals with broken limbs still alive and greatly suffering etc, etc.
Some of the horses that are slaughtered here in the UK that have been ridden horses or pets have been found to be entering the food chain illegally.
Bute in horse meat update
Contaminated horsemeat sold for food, FSA admits
All equines in the UK have to have passports by law and any veterinary inoculations or other medications are supposed to be entered on their passports
as a precaution to contaminated horse meat entering the human food chain but as a horse owner and with a lot of horse owning friends I can confirm
that this is not monitored or policed at all, in fact the vets only every mark up the vaccinations and if you have forgotten the passports at the time
of vaccination they will just tell you to bring them next time to be marked up which then often gets forgotten.
If horses were given the same protection as other livestock and were not once somebodies pets then I don't have a problem with them being farmed for
meat (although I couldn't eat it myself) and indeed it could be a solution for all of the hill ponies that are so worthless that they are being sold
at auction for lion meat at a pittance and the farmers that own them see them loosing money hand over fist, this included some of our endangered
british native breeds whose numbers are plummeting as they cost more to keep/breed than their worth as foals. It is very important that they do not
disappear as their grazing/browsing is intregal to the ecology of the moorlands.