Could you eat horse meat?

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Postby mnp13 » January 9th, 2011, 10:03 pm

You are disgusting.
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Postby call2arms » January 10th, 2011, 12:21 am

I don't eat meat.

I have a very soft spot for horses. Emotionally, the ones in your plate have raced, have been a child's first safe pony, have been someone's friend. They've served their lives "helping" us, whether they're a luxury or not. Or they've been the produce or overbreeding, idiot backyard breeders and aren't sound, just good for meat cause they're too expensive to feed. None of these deserve to finish on a plate. It's like eating your old dirty socks that you can't use anymore, except they're supposed to taste good. It's not like all these horses would finish their lives in a pasture grazing happily, but the slaughterhouse is a rough place to send an animal that is so sensitive. Not that other "food producing" animals are less sensitive, but as non-pets they don't get a chance to prove that they are.

But logically - strictly logically, a cow or a pig doesn't deserve to be more on a plate because they are not pets, or don't serve other purposes than being food or producers of food. In all fairness, if I ate meat I'd be having my own debate of emotions vs. logics.
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Postby plebayo » January 10th, 2011, 12:36 am

But logically - strictly logically, a cow or a pig doesn't deserve to be more on a plate because they are not pets, or don't serve other purposes than being food or producers of food. In all fairness, if I ate meat I'd be having my own debate of emotions vs. logics.


Well and really, for some people Cows and Pigs are pets too. I don't think I could ever eat something I personally raised as a pet. If I had like 100 head of something and didn't know the animals personally it might be different but for the most part, it would be hard for me to separate the emotions of raising the animal with the need to eat it.

But horses in general, even if they were like cows and consumed on a regular basis the meat is entirely the wrong color for me. I don't eat ham for this reason, well that and the fact that it tastes too piggy for me.
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Postby Jenn » January 10th, 2011, 10:53 am

plebayo wrote:Well and really, for some people Cows and Pigs are pets too. I don't think I could ever eat something I personally raised as a pet.


This situation actually happened to a friend's husband.. His bull had to be put down, and he couldn't eat beef for months, much less the beef from his pet.
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Postby SisMorphine » January 10th, 2011, 10:55 am

I'm not sure if I could. On one hand I couldn't ever try rabbit because I have had too many emotional connections with bunnies growing up to imagine eating one. Yet I look forward to one day being able to raise my own meat (pigs mostly, maybe quail). Horse . . . I'm just got sure. Would it even taste good? Seems like it would be tough . . .
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Postby HappyPuppy » January 10th, 2011, 11:30 am

I wouldn't in a non emergency environment..I bonded with 'horsies' as a kid and just can't do it... somehow rabbits are different tho and I even had one... Dog or cat would also have to be a Donner Party situation for me. I've tried kangaroo and might try other 'exotic' things from a far away jungle but companion animals are a tough one for me.
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Postby call2arms » January 10th, 2011, 6:03 pm

I'm sure most (probably not all) people who have pigs or cows as pets don't eat that species meat. I guess it was different when back in the days, you raised an animal for food on your farm, but that's a different context - survival.

Either way. I went to see True Grit at the movies and balled my eyes out when a horse died, so... No way the horse steak would make it in my mouth.
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Postby DemoDick » January 10th, 2011, 7:38 pm

I don't have that species-bond thing. Sure, I wouldn't eat my own dog, but that's just common courtesy. I could if I had to though, and I know for a fact that he would reciprocate if faced with starvation.

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Postby Dukes_mom » January 11th, 2011, 5:17 am

I grew up eating some of our pets. We raised cows, pigs, chickens, and yes even rabbits for food. I wouldn't eat horse tho.

My family on the other hand probably would. They are big meat eaters, every year at my family reunion we have wild game night. There's not much wild game that my family hasn't eatin. Makes me afraid to take Travis to it, cause he doesn't like much meat besides cow :/ I told him that I wanna shoot a deer at least once, and he told me no the wimp.
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Postby iluvk9 » January 11th, 2011, 6:44 am

DemoDick wrote: Sure, I wouldn't eat my own dog, but that's just common courtesy.
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Postby pitbullmamaliz » January 11th, 2011, 8:06 am

Joyce, it made me giggle too. :giggle:
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Postby DemoDick » January 12th, 2011, 12:20 pm

I meant that "common courtesy" remark to be a little bit humorous, but it's really based in truth.

I do have an emotional attachment to my dog, but it's not based on anthropomorphism or how cute I think he is or any of that stuff. It's based on the service and companionship he provides me. My affection for him is built on shared training/trialing experiences (some VERY stressful indeed), meaningful bonding, his forgiveness for my mistakes in training and the resulting knowledge I have learned about training and handling dogs in general. Most of all though, his instinct to protect is why I feel connected to him. The deal sealer for me was when I had him for about a week and he tried to bite, and then head butt though, my car window to get at a dumb drunk who was acting threatening outside the car. "Good raw material," I said to myself.

We are drawn to dogs that share our own behavioral characteristics. Connor is a lot like me. When a threat makes itself known, we have the same instinct to get between the source of the danger and our pack members. In that way I think we understand each other completely, and that is a characteristic that I will continue to look for in any future dogs as a baseline requirement for ownership.

I don't have that same connection to other people's dogs, and as a result I am actually pretty cold to them. Erin and I talked about this the last time she was visiting here. She doesn't really feel any need to get lovey-dovey with other people's dogs, and neither do I. I frankly think it's weird when people want to pet and love on every dog they see. People can't wait to pet Connor and hug him and love on him, despite just meeting him. Never understood that myself.

So yeah, I would eat all of your dogs. Just not mine.

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Postby Jenn » January 12th, 2011, 12:21 pm

DemoDick wrote:So yeah, I would eat all of your dogs. Just not mine.


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Postby iluvk9 » January 12th, 2011, 12:23 pm

DemoDick wrote:So yeah, I would eat all of your dogs.
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Postby DemoDick » January 12th, 2011, 12:24 pm

iluvk9 wrote:
DemoDick wrote:So yeah, I would eat all of your dogs.
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Clearly you've never seen how much I eat in a sitting.

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Postby iluvk9 » January 12th, 2011, 12:24 pm

Clearly, you have never seen photos of my pony. :)
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Postby DemoDick » January 12th, 2011, 12:27 pm

iluvk9 wrote:Clearly, you have never seen photos of my pony. :)


Jerky takes up very little space in the gut. Just sayin'...

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Postby iluvk9 » January 12th, 2011, 12:55 pm

:neener:

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Postby furever_pit » January 12th, 2011, 1:31 pm

I'll try anything once.
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Postby TinaMartin » January 12th, 2011, 1:40 pm

DemoDick wrote:So yeah, I would eat all of your dogs. Just not mine.

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