Horse meat VS. Cow meat

@missybear (11396)
United States
December 4, 2011 7:53am CST
I just seen this story on TV that people want to slaughter horse for their meat. Now I like my pork and beef, bacon and sausage but the thought of eating a horse is just not right...or is it? What is really the difference of slaughtering a pig or cow from a horse?
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• United States
4 Dec 11
I am not really sure about that for me. FIrst of all, I really do not eat much meat anyway but the thought of eating horse just sounds disgusting. I do not even eat red meat very often. I suppose it might taste fine, but if we are going to eat horses, we can also start eating dogs and cats! I think I will go even further toward being a vegetarian! lol!
@missybear (11396)
• United States
4 Dec 11
That's a good point, some countries eat cats and dogs. It does sound more disgusting than eating pig or cow but that's only because we been eating that for so long but we never really ate horses so that's why it sounds so bad now
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• United States
4 Dec 11
Yep, I suppose it would not sound so odd if we had heard of it for a long time. It just sounds funny because we do not think about it much.. I don't think I like any meat anyway! I probably will not even try it.
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• Omagh, Northern Ireland
5 Dec 11
Most of the meat eaten in the western world would be produced from Herbivores,though pigs wouldn't come under that category...Horses,Dogs and cats would for us be a touchy subject as food Animals,as We'd consider them as being to an extent domesticated,keeping them as pets..though in some parts of the world,that wouldn't be the case...
@MaryLynn321 (2680)
• United States
5 Dec 11
I didn't see that story, but did hear of it. I am wondering if the reason people are so against eating horse meat, is because the Horse might be considered a pet. Plus it also can be a horse that works on a farm, etc. It also can be a companion for riding. I wouldn't really think there was a difference in the long run. I think years ago people would only eat there horses if it was winter and they were starving. Horses were there way of transportation and getting field work done.
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@missybear (11396)
• United States
5 Dec 11
People have pet chickens and pigs too but eat them
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• United States
5 Dec 11
So very true. There is just something about horses that people just don't like, not sure what it is. They'll take the old horses to the glue factory, people will use glue. Just not sure.
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• Canada
24 Dec 11
I get so frustrated, but can't seem to make people understand that it is the lack of regulations and enforcement in this industry...the humungous health risks...all unregulated...the methods of slaughter, the pain these animals endure. It is such an unregulated industry. MaryLynn...just take some time and view the links I have provided! You will understand my discomfort!
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@MsTickle (25006)
• Australia
11 Dec 11
...or a dog or a rat, snake, sheep, kangaroo, goat, crocodile, deer. I guess it just depends where you were born. I couldn't eat horse, nor any of those animals I mentioned, except for sheep.
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@missybear (11396)
• United States
11 Dec 11
Baaaaah
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• Canada
24 Dec 11
My dearest MsTickle...so glad I stumbled upon one of your responses...I can wish you the Merriest of Christmases...and the Happiest of New Years. I am sure you have read my responses...it is a bitter fight with me!
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@r3jcorp (1384)
• Philippines
5 Dec 11
I haven't tried a horse meat though I know there are some people here in the Philippines who are doing it. I guess that would happen if the horse was beaten in a race or have a physical disability. I know Horse to be a worker, a man's helper and a means of transportation and not mainly for food. And I am thinking of the horse meat as a hard to chew and not tender like the pork or the beef. A cow for one is not a good meat too. It maybe a good source of milk and of course, it is also a worker animal. Farmers much needed the cow as a helper in the farm and not as a source of food. I've heard that there are meat in the market which are sold as beef but if you look on it, it is a cow's meat. Though the beef is more redder than the cow's meat, they are sometimes using it as fraud to have a higher income.
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@missybear (11396)
• United States
5 Dec 11
You just never know what you're eating, that's scary
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@LaDeBoheme (1963)
• United States
4 Dec 11
There is no difference in slaughtering animals -- lamb or cow or calf or pig or deer or chicken, but this whole run-rampant story about slaughtering horses for human consumption is misleading. The horse-slaughter ban is being lifted in the US, but not specifically to feed it to humans. Horsemeat is primarily fed to zoo animals. We have and always have had choices of what we stick in our mouths. No government is going to force horse down our throats.
@missybear (11396)
• United States
5 Dec 11
You're right, we do have a choices what we eat and when it comes down to survival I would eat horse meat.
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5 Dec 11
I think some people want horse meat because it is a good one, compared to cow or pig. It's meat are lean and doesn't contain much cholesterol ( I guess) compared to those two. With the quality of horse meat, it must more expensive.
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@missybear (11396)
• United States
6 Dec 11
I never tried it but I'm sure if they sell it it will be expensive and I wouldn't be able to afford it.
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• Indonesia
5 Dec 11
When it comes to talk about slaughtering, pig, cow and horse are the same, but to dismiss our behavior of eating meat from pig, cow and horse is impossible. May be for certain reasons, they don't eat pig, cow and horse. People of different cultures have different opinion and each animal has special benefits and in line with their benefits they know how to treat animal. they don't even eat them. So, I hope we can reduce the slaughtering behavior in the future.
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@missybear (11396)
• United States
5 Dec 11
It is sad but we all need to eat
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@elitess (5076)
• Ipswich, England
4 Dec 11
Hello missy bear. To my knowledge I have never ate horse meat. I do eat other types of meat (pork, beef, chicken) but I have done so from when I was a kid so I am used to it. I can't really say what the difference is, especially considering that horses are / may be raised on a farm just like the other animals that we do eat.
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@missybear (11396)
• United States
5 Dec 11
It's weird isn't it that we eat cows and pigs but it's different when it comes to horses, maybe it's because they so beautiful.
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@bjc66bjc (6745)
• United States
4 Dec 11
wow missybear,I don't know what the difference in slaughtering a horse vesus a cow and frankly speaking it is nothing I a interested in finding out. But besides the slaugthing process what about the quality of the meat or the taste..I have knowing eaten plenty of cow but as far as I know I have never eaten horse meat. I have actually hear that some the the meat you get from venders on the steet selling kabobs is horse meat..So needless to say I've never tasted those kabobs...lol.. I guess when you really come down to it does it really matter. as long as the meat is ok...It just a matter of preference but for some reason I get a pit my stomach when thinking about killing horses..I don't know why but I do....
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@missybear (11396)
• United States
5 Dec 11
It's weird that we care so much more about horses than cows or pigs but I do also feel wrong eating a horse.If I had no choice of meat I would I'm sure but until then I stick to my bacon and ham
@wulania (1528)
• Indonesia
4 Dec 11
evry body has reason to eat or not to eat.i am moslem and we dont eat bacon, ham, or not kosher food. just halal meat. horse is edible for moslem, but we dont eat it beacuse it is not commong to eat horse meat in my country. it is strange animals. we also never eat animlas which not slaughtered under islamic law
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@missybear (11396)
• United States
5 Dec 11
That's good cause you don't want to break the law
@marie2052 (3697)
• United States
4 Dec 11
I think us civilized Americans find a few animals we would not eat. Horses naturally we have trained to be a companion, a means of transportation to some even now, so I think most Americans (can't speak for all countries) consider them right up there as a dog or cat in the way our personal relationship with them are. On the flip side, if we were living in an extreme measure as always, no one knows what they would really eat until it was time to save your life through food. Then some of the animals we might never think of doing anything to might break down to life line food. Not a pretty thought of course, but man has done a lot to survive through all the centuries.
@missybear (11396)
• United States
5 Dec 11
So true
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@ebuscat (5949)
• Philippines
5 Dec 11
For me I don't like a horse meat so bad odor in me that kind of animals and even worse in it good in them they choose cow in me not.
@missybear (11396)
• United States
5 Dec 11
To each it's own