A LOT OF FUSS OVER HORSE MEAT – I’ve been meaning to write something on all the fuss that is being made over people finding out that there is horse meat in their burgers and other foods, rather than the advertised meat, such as Beef or Pork.
I can understand why many people are so angry but is this about the actual consumption of the horse meat or rather that people feel that have been duped into eating horse meat?
The British are a horse loving nation but so are the French and they openly slaughter and consume horse meat How does it taste? Well if you’ve eaten a burger lately from almost any of the supermarket chains you should know – it is very similar to beef.
Abigail Butcher, a former editor of the popular magazine, Horse& Hound, has come out to say that she feels that there should be a trade in horse meat in the UK and that the slaughter of horses should be regulated in the same way as slaughter houses that produce other meat, such as Beef and Pork.
Now before you go thinking this is a terrible idea, Abigail has some sound reasoning behind her views. For example, this would reduce the welfare problems the UK has for retired and neglected horses. How many times have we seen a horse owner leave their horses in such appalling conditions that when the RSPCA finally get to address the issue the only choice is to destroy the animal to end its suffering?
How bad is the situation of abandoned and neglected horses in the UK? In 2012 some 700 horses were reported as abandoned by Redwings, a Horse Sanctuary and the World Horse Welfare Charity reported twice the number of horses had to be rescued. Are we really a nation of horse lovers?
The stark truth is that horses are expensive to keep and often when a horse reaches old age or has other problems people tend to abandon them simply because the cost of keeping them is just too high.
Another real concern is that of the Horse meat found in some supermarket a number of examples tested positive for the drug Bute, which is an anti-inflammatory drug used to treat injured horses.
It is these issues, I believe, that is angering the British public and like any other situation, where the public are not give the facts or the truth, then anger will surely emerge.
In my view there is nothing wrong with eating Horse meat, any more than there is eating Beef, Pork, Chicken, Lamb or any other meat that is farmed for human consumption.
What we do need is the truth and the facts surrounding Horse meat so that we, as consumers, may make an informed decision as to whether we wish to consume it or not.