Horses could soon be slaughtered for meat in US

Horses could soon be butchered in the U.S. for human consumption after Congress quietly lifted a 5-year-old ban on funding horse meat inspections, and activists say slaughterhouses could be up and running in as little as a month. Full Story »

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Posted by: Posted by Barry Grossheim - Nov 30, 2011 - 12:22 PM PST
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Edited by: Fabrice Florin - Nov 30, 2011 - 12:42 PM PST

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Fred Gatlin
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by Fred Gatlin - Dec. 4, 2011

This is an example of unintended consequences. Opponents say it is more humane to shoot a horse and dump it in trench and cover it up than to sell it for dog food or human food somewhere else in the world. The headline is misleading.

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Jack Dinkmeyer
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by Jack Dinkmeyer - Dec. 7, 2011

A not very well-written, confusing article looking for drama and controversy but not really finding any. Its premise is America will start slaughtering horses for human consumption, and somehow this will cause lots of protests–evidently slaughtering Trigger is an anathema here in the land of the free. Another one of those “bring milk and cookies” for something to give the mind to concentrate on articles.

When I lived in Paris all those years ago, I was fortunate to have made friends with French people who welcomed me into their homes–an unusual circumstance for foreigners. Often–to impress me, an American–families served the expensive stuff: horse roasts and steaks. I found the flavor stronger than beef. Much less fat. Darker and sweeter meat. Throughout towns in France, non-supermarket privately owned small meat markets were separate: those with a replica of the head of a ... More »

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Glenn LaBauve
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by Glenn LaBauve - Nov. 30, 2011

A quick death at a slaughter house seems to preferable to the hundreds of horses starving to death from people than no longer care for them. We can't save them all, but I agree with the slaughter advocates that we should allow the market to decide.

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Arthur J. Fasciani
3.7
by Arthur J. Fasciani - Dec. 3, 2011

The silver lining in this story might be that we look at the treatment given to ALL animals that are raised for food. Humane treatment should be required for any and all livestock. Bringing horses into the equation might help shed light on this issue.

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Dwight Rousu
3.5
by Dwight Rousu - Dec. 3, 2011

It covers the mane points.

Jonaithon Swift's Modest Proposal was more radical than this bill. Did Cantor saddle us with this one?

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Barry Grossheim
4.0
by Barry Grossheim - Nov. 30, 2011

Sad to see this legislation slipped through. To much happens as items hidden in larger bills passed making the concept of transparency a joke.

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Allena Hansen
3.6
by Allena Hansen - Dec. 4, 2011

Although this article touched on the causal issues, it failed to examine them in sufficient detail for a feature article of this nature. Most notably, the economic downturn has resulted in a huge increase in the number of neglected and abandoned pleasure animals as owners move to smaller quarters or simply run out of money to care for them. Horse sanctuaries, typically dependent on grants and donations to cover their expenses, are operating at or over capacity even as funding ... More »

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