Originally posted by Gazrok
reply to post by silo13
Is this a new law?
State and local laws mostly, so varies...but also, the majority of drugs used in horse care (such as vaccines) are not FDA approved for human
consumption, and that's where the issues are. Of course, these restrictions don't exist in many other countries. Our horses get periodic vaccines that
are recommended for all horses.
In the UK, and the US, it's mostly just a taboo meat.
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I assumed you were from the UK, where it is illegal to sell horsemeat for consumption unless it has an official health record that shows no
treatments. (though they have not been able to successfully control this, the recent scandal spurred testing of meats and found that race horses
especially were getting through the process, with fake records);
But in the US, only California has a law (Prop 6) which bans the sale of horsemeat for human consumption.
Until the American slaughterhouses were closed in 2007, the biggest supplier of horsemeat that is compromised by treatments such as Bute was the US.
45% of the horsemeat they sold for human consumption!
In other coutnries which consume horsemeat, they have similar laws for livestock raised for consumption (in some cases stricter than the US- like in
France where even hormonal treatments and antibiotics are not allowed for any animals meant for consumption).
But in the importing process, traceability is lost. AND the junk meat is cheaper than the meat carefully bred, raised and slaughtered according to
regulations in that country, so it ends up in the circulation.
THIS is exactly my problem with horse slaughterhouses in the US re-opening- I understand the problem and know they are needed, but I would hope that
some sort of controls (such as in UK) could at least be attempted.
I see no reason not to eat horsemeat and intellectually it seems on the same level as beef to me. But one day our grocery store had some and I decided
to try it, but could not make my hand touch it.
As a horse owner, I guess my irrational emotions just could not do it.
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