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black market meat (Animal Cruelty Warning)

Posted by cfdavep 
black market meat (Animal Cruelty Warning)
October 29, 2015

I guess most people heard of this one. Apparently this happens a lot more than we hear, but the fact that it was a pricey show horse made it news. This is something that may become more of a problem as breeders insist on more kids they can't feed creating a need for the poor to go after the animals of those more fortunate. I was talking to a guy today who lives out in the country and someone slaughtered his neighbor's goat for meat. I think the USA may become like China
Re: Show horse killed for black market meat (Animal Cruelty Warning)
October 29, 2015
We eat horse in the Netherlands. The eat/don't eat categorization of animals is pure cultural bias. I will never understand why it is horrifying to eat a horse but not to eat a pig.

I don't think this has anything to do with breeders, it's about different views on horses.
Re: black market meat (Animal Cruelty Warning)
October 29, 2015
I wouldn't object to eating horse meat in North America, except for a few reasons:

1.) Most of these horses are retired or unwanted riding animals, which have worked hard and deserve a decent retirement, or at least humane euthanasia.

2.) Because horses are not raised as meat animals, they are treated with many veterinary drugs that are unsafe for human consumption. People wanting to get rid of unwanted horses can lie or forge documents saying that the horse has not been given any of these drugs, but horse meat intended for the butchers has been tested and found to contain these drugs.

3.) The slaughter methods and facilities used are generally intended for cattle, and are not suitable for the slaughter of horses. This results in horses being improperly stunned/desensitised and slaughtered inhumanely.

4.) Transport of meat horses is demonstrably inhumane, with former pets, riding animals, and feral animals being crammed together on small trucks. Unlike cattle or sheep, horses do not tolerate these conditions well, and will often begin to fight or lash out in terror. This results in animals with hideous injuries coming off these trucks, and in some cases horses being trampled to death in transit.

5.) These same trucks and rail cars are also generally intended for cattle, which are shorter than horses. This results in the horses having to keep their heads at an unnatural angle for a prolonged length of time, and also injuring their heads against the ceiling when the truck jolts. Horses are also frequently transported long distances with no water, food, or relief from hot/cold temperatures.

If these issues were resolved, I'd have no problem with horse slaughter/meat consumption. As it is, however, I'm firmly against it.
Attacks on animals to feed endless humans (Cruelty Warning)
October 29, 2015

Apparently this horse was slaughtered on the farm of a wealthy couple in Florida. Sometimes I think when breeders who are poor birth the fooooture and continue to drive up the population there will be more and more of this, like China with dogs and Japan with dolphins. I was told that this case only got attention because the horse was so pricey and that this is a thing in Florida. I know a guy whose neighbor had one of her goats stolen in upstate NY and the same thing was done to it.
Re: Attacks on animals to feed endless humans (Cruelty Warning)
October 29, 2015
I believe this discussion has been moved to the Patio.
Re: black market meat (Animal Cruelty Warning)
November 05, 2015
I wonder if it was part of an insurance scam.
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