Saturday, March 2, 2013

Put The Burro Back In The Burrito

The United States Department of Agriculture is likely to approve a horse slaughtering plant in New Mexico in the next two months, which would allow equine meat suitable for human consumption to be produced in the United States for the first time since 2007.

I think the original ban was a stupid thing in the first place.

I don't really get why Americans at large have an issue with horse meat.
It has a sizable market throughout Europe, and I'm not talking the Albania part of Europe, but the culturally respected parts such as France, Germany, and Luxembourg.

I've never eaten horse, but I hear that it's pretty good food that I would certainly like to give a try.

I'll go one further, though.
Establish a hunting season for wild horses, just like we do with other invasive/non-native species (pigs, yeah?) who's environmental damage is legion.
There are too many feral horses out west, so many that BLM does need to round them up from time to time. Generally, not very adoptable, these animals largely end up in slaughter houses. Since 2007, they've been shipped to Canada and Mexico to enrich the economies there.
Now, maybe we can keep that economic activity at home, where it belongs.


Vanesa Littlecrow W. said...

Horse is absolutely delicious and lean, and it's a major environmental threat. Bring on the legal horse meat!

Jade said...

I've never eaten it myself either, but I've seen it enough on Food Network to not find it shocking. Perhaps too many people grew up reading Black Stallion or Black Beauty to consider eating horse. (Personally, I grew up with a pair of mallards who nested annually across the street from my house, they used to waddle over to our front yard and eat slugs. I still can't bring myself to order duck in a restaurant, even though I bet it is really tasty)

PS - I'm blogging again. :)

Mr. D said...

As long as little girls love ponies, horse meat is going to be a tough sell.

Brian said...

It seems rather likely that many of us have had horse whether we know it or not.

Gino said...

idk, Brian. europe seems to be having some issues with their meat pipeline, but here, horse meat never sees the human consumption pipeline in a legitimate sense.
certainly, its possible, but not nearly as feasible.

Bike Bubba said...

Hear, Hear, Gino! The trouble with horsemeat in Europe today is that the presence of it in foods not labeled as such either indicates (a) the quality control in these plants is gone to Hell and/or (b) these plants aren't cleaning their equipment after handling horse.

(a) is certain, (b) is quite likely as well, so (c) the SQEs for Ikea need to raise some serious Hell with their producers. This kind of nonsense is why NASA and the DOD extensively use first article and source inspections.

Gino said...

you might be on, Bubba. i'm reading about 'traces' of horse DNA in ground beef, or small 1%/2% amounts. i think if somebody was trying to stretch the beef a little further, we'd see larger traces.

also, i'm thinking that in the USA, horses and beef were ever slaughtered under the same roof at all.
millions of deer get processed every year, but i doubt anybody would find deer DNA in their Taco Bell Supreme.

Bike Bubba said...

It tells you, really, how effective Europe's meatpacking inspections are, doesn't it? They're not even figuring out that the bums aren't bothering to clean their machinery.