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TomM July 18th, 2013 11:12am

Most Americans accept we can eat beef (from cattle), but few will eat meat from a horse. If I want to eat horse meat, is that OK? If not, please let me know why. I'm curious if anyone has ever eaten horse meat or would be willing to.

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Fjolsvin Midgard
07/19/13 10:03 pm

As long as its labeled as horse then i see no issue. Horse is safe for consumption as is dog or cat for that matter. Had dog. Likely had cat Chinese food and all. Lizard is good as are wolf spiders they pop like pop corn when steamed in your helmet

07/19/13 9:45 pm

I am a vegetarian because I personally feel that it is wrong to eat any animal. But if my omnivorous family were to be asked this question I believe they would respond that horses are more like pets than cows are.

evoecon nearest binary system
07/18/13 7:55 pm

Yes on horse, muskrat, raccoon, but no possum.

satiricalnick meh
07/18/13 1:53 pm

I had horse meat in italy. Tasted great.

comppete Las Vegas
07/18/13 1:25 pm

Horse meat is served daily in France and parts of Canada. It is lean meat and doesn't taste that much different than beef, so I'm told. My parents have eaten horse meat after the WW2 in Germany.

bmi444 Colorado
07/18/13 11:48 am

Just like any other meat, it depends on preparation. It's usually less fatty so it it tougher.

elianastar FreeSpeech
07/18/13 9:42 am

Cows are considered stupid = edible. Horses are considered intelligent & noble = not edible. Beyond that, I don't know. I do know I'd have a difficult time eating almost anything if I'd "met" it first. I never know who to root for: predator/prey???

HalfDozenMama in my scrapbook room
07/18/13 11:51 am

But in India cows are sacred. Truly interesting the differences world wide.

epicawesum Indiana
07/18/13 8:45 am

Yea I eat rabbits all the time too.

commonsense America isnt racist
07/18/13 8:26 am

Horses are pets/companions. Not food.

07/18/13 8:20 am

We have a production facility in Afghanistan. Our people there say you haven't lived until you have had a drink of fermented horse milk. Never tried it.

07/18/13 10:13 am

I have heard about it. Doesn't sound inviting to me.

uglyfemme Colorado Springs
07/18/13 8:00 am

I don't care if you want to eat your dog either..

Jeninerd Hoth, AK
07/18/13 7:53 am

This is inching toward the reason I don't eat mammals.

07/18/13 8:12 am

That's fair. You are consistent. The inconsistency is really what I'm questioning.

smacc DunningKruger
07/18/13 6:32 am

Well it's not currently being raised for meat so it would be like eating a pet.

07/18/13 7:26 am

In some countries it is. And what do you think happens with riding horses? The question was really if you have any issue with other people eating horse meat.

smacc DunningKruger
07/18/13 7:45 am

OK, I don't have a big issue with it. If ikea slipped me some horse meat I certainly wouldn't sue them or spit it out. I might have a problem with riding horses. Horse are more like work partners, companions. Bonds form. Eating them could be viewed

RyanOH Ohio
07/18/13 6:18 am

I haven't eaten it, but apparently it's incredibly tough.

Melon No Ducklips
07/18/13 5:34 am

I've eaten at MacDonalds many times. It's ok.

kellyw The Mississippi Delta
07/18/13 5:23 am

I ate horse in Iceland. I didn't like it.

TempName14 Everywhere but nowhere
07/18/13 5:19 am

Horses, bugs, slugs, rodents, etc. It's all protein. As long as the package is properly labeled so that I can discriminate against it.

cowboy Here and There
07/18/13 4:53 am

That's disgusting! Horses are beautiful animals.

Kris Humidity Central
07/18/13 5:10 am

Beautifully tasty.

bMyComrade Stumptown
07/18/13 5:31 am

Lol, so are elk - they are also tasty.

CTYankee!!! Connecticut
07/18/13 5:35 am

Deer are tasty too

kermie gaytopia
07/18/13 6:38 am

That's an interesting thought. Why animal scores highest on both beauty and tastiness scales? Swordfish? Rabbit? I haven't tried it, but I bet peacock tastes good...

bMyComrade Stumptown
07/18/13 6:55 am

Mmmmm baby sheep

Doopy Remedial Americanism
07/18/13 4:52 am

I'd be willing to. My parents had some in Italy, and said it was delicious.

JustBob Your anger fascinates me
07/18/13 4:51 am

I've always assumed biblical connections, also why we don't eat condor or pigeon either.

Doopy Remedial Americanism
07/18/13 4:53 am

The Endangered Species Act might have something to do with us not eating condor, also...

kilokalex Sanity is for the weak
07/18/13 5:04 am

Mainly ease of domestication, pig is widely consumed though banned by some religions.

Kris Humidity Central
07/18/13 4:35 am

I don't mind if people eat whatever meat they want, but I don't think we should be forced to eat horse meat when something is said to be beef meat, if that's understandable?

That being said, we think some animals are more companions than food.

07/18/13 4:40 am

Completely agree. The label should match. This question is about the right to eat what you want. I'm not suggesting forcing anyone or mislabeling.

kilokalex Sanity is for the weak
07/18/13 4:28 am

I have owned some horses I wanted to eat. The meat tastes bad from what I understand but maybe if raised different. Cattle are easier to raise for meat and stupid.

07/18/13 4:32 am

My uncle is a farmer, he says meat from horses can be eaten even when the horse is relatively old, it is still tender. Beef from old cows cannot be eaten as steaks, he jokes they can be made into chewing gum.

kilokalex Sanity is for the weak
07/18/13 5:03 am

It takes more land for horses opposed to cattle.

07/18/13 6:01 am

That's true but then we should really just be vegetarian or at least stop eating beef.

kilokalex Sanity is for the weak
07/18/13 9:21 am

It takes way more land for vegetables if that's all we ate.

Abolitionist Voice of the people
07/18/13 4:23 am

It should be OK to eat horse meat but me personally I've only had lamb and deer beef jerky. If I've eaten anything else besides that, I wasn't aware if it.

Processing On a journey to oneness.
07/18/13 4:23 am

I'm with you Tom I don't understand why people get up in arms about horse, dog, cat, or even goat meat. They're eaten all around the globe but here It's sickening to most why? Is it because you can't separate it from being a pet and that connection?

07/18/13 4:29 am

Agree about the goat. I have eaten it with pleasure.

bMyComrade Stumptown
07/18/13 5:34 am

We have this thing against eating animals we think are cute or smart - dolphin, dog, etc. I think its silly.

elianastar FreeSpeech
07/18/13 9:48 am

I think it's mostly a cultural thing: what is common in world experience. Possibly also "how hungry are you?" & what is most abundant or easiest to catch. "Come here chicken. I don't want to hurt you I just want to eat you." (Name that movie quote)

Zack100 Tatooine
07/18/13 4:19 am

I think we get the idea that a horse is a much more majestic and important creature than the typical cow or head of cattle. It is capable of doing more than your average cow, anyhow.

07/18/13 4:15 am

There was a scandal in Europe a few months ago, horse meat had been mixed into what was supposed to be beef. It was sold many places including Ikea.

CTYankee!!! Connecticut
07/18/13 5:36 am

That's different than your question. I always want to know what I am eating

07/18/13 5:40 am

Agree that was not my question, just thought I would share this. Thank you for the clarification.