Eating a dead horse: Five reasons why horse meat isn't such a terrible tragedy


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There be good eatin' on a harse.
2. Cultural issues have and do change
Americans don't eat dog for the same reasons they don't eat horses: Because our culture dictates that horseys and doggies are our friends and companions, that they are noble, majestic, intelligent creatures who live to serve and love humans as their protectors and benefactors. The idea of relegating our friends and companions to the oven or soup pot is reprehensible to most people.

But cultural ideas about what is and isn't okay to eat have changed in the past -- people have been deathly afraid of now-normal things like tomatoes, potatoes, onions, mushrooms and offal, for example, as well as anything out of a can. The can part was perfectly understandable, since early tin-can processing was less than sanitary, and the mangled, boiled things in them were not exactly safe or tasty. But things got better with time and technological advances, and processing horse could, as well. And honestly, the processing of horse meat wouldn't be nearly as tricky as the marketing.

1. Meat can get expensive. Why not have another source?
I love meat. I love planning recipes with meat, pinching fat cuts of meat through chilly cellophane wrappings at the grocery store, peering at the rows of plump, fat-ringed steaks at the butcher shop, and I love picking just the right cut and type to make the perfect dish of whatever. But what I do not love is paying high prices for meat. Sure, there is a certain joy in the American privilege of bitching about meat prices like a bored old hag, but I would far prefer to pay less for meat -- and have more choices.

I didn't create the circle of life; The Lion King did. I would gladly eat lions, tigers and bears, all with a splash of A-1 sauce and a loaded baked potato -- topped with salty horse bacon.




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31 comments
Ozzie Perch
Ozzie Perch

how's the taste compared to the Jumping Jack?

Barbara Calder
Barbara Calder

I do not understand the problem. I lived in Belgium (have Belgian citizenship) and I bought horse meat, cooked horse meat and we ate horse meat and we are all alive today.

Sean Gronbeck
Sean Gronbeck

Horse is good so is boar only christians, muslims and jews hate these favorites of the european peoples.

Daniel Wanush
Daniel Wanush

I've eaten horse jerky. I ate it before I knew what it was. I'd eat it again.

Jevan Russell
Jevan Russell

If push came to shove, I'll eat it. I will admit its a conscious thing and the fact that I wasn't raised eating has an affect on my outcome. So I won't voluntarily eat it just like I won't eat strawberries. But I totally agree with you that it is edible and it's no worse/better than beef. It's just another variety of meat except the taboo/stigma that we gave it for no apparent reason. I have a question to all that are against it, why are you against it? I've shared mine which I agree is dumb but at least I'm honest lol

Hillary Leftwich
Hillary Leftwich

This is the most idiotic thing I've read since you wrote about the elk vigil in Boulder. Trying to convince people it's okay to eat horse because other countries do it is an insult. Plus your persuasive tactics suck ass.

David Kotzebue
David Kotzebue

In OZ, they eat 'roos, their nat'l animal. U can buy it at the grocery.

mich.cannabisunivers
mich.cannabisunivers

I saw burghers distributed to a school in a North Denver suburb with kangaroo.

Suni Daze
Suni Daze

its wierd. and I wont eat at burger king again.

GFTW
GFTW

Jennstir is such a horse's ass!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Flicka ... it's what's for Dinner.

Trigger ... the other Red Meat.


ScubaSteve
ScubaSteve topcommenter

I remember in the 1970s or 1980s when Jack-In-The Box restaurants were accused of adding horse meat to their ground beef.  At that time, the restaurant chain was owned by Ralston Purina!  I can't remember what the outcome was, but since I used to run to JITB a lot back in those days, I may very well have consumed horse meat.

DenverDoughboy
DenverDoughboy

Putting aside the mislabeling issue, which is contemptible and criminal, I agree that eating horse meat should not be a cause of disgust.   I ate a horse meat steak as a child; my father took me to the Harvard Faculty Club which had horse meat on its menu for several decades.  It became a menu item, legend has it, from World War I, when beef was in short supply and the Faculty Club replaced cow meat with horse.  Can't say it was particularly appetizing; it seemed a bit drier and tougher than beef and I found it hard to force down, but I'm sure my reaction was influenced by the cultural taboo of eating horse as well.   

davebarnes
davebarnes topcommenter

Valid points.

I was with you until I read this:

"The UK's chief medical officer, Dame Sally Davies, has said there is a "limited public health risk" if the drug phenylbutazone, known as bute, is found in beef products that contain horsemeat."

jenna-furrr
jenna-furrr topcommenter

@Fernanda Litt I'll miss you! : )

GFTW
GFTW

@Fernanda Litt Hahaha.....

jenna-furrr
jenna-furrr topcommenter

@Hillary Leftwich Oh, this is faaaaar from the most idiotic thing I've ever written.......

jenna-furrr
jenna-furrr topcommenter

@DenverDoughboy Thanks for the share--interesting as hell. : ) I first had horse meat from a neighbor when I was growing up in the midwest, and I found it to be a bit drier and sweeter than cow--which everyone told me it was because they were buttholes...lol--but not bad. These were the same jerk-burgers who fed me mountain oysters and told me they were actual oysters, too, until I had eaten a few.

jenna-furrr
jenna-furrr topcommenter

@davebarnes But does this drug come in the horse meat, or is it added into the beefy-horsey mixture?

jenna-furrr
jenna-furrr topcommenter

@davebarnes Wait--I read the link. Interesting. When horses aren't meant for consumption, it's not too far-fetched to believe that certain chemicals they are given--presumably for medical or performance-enhancing purposes--could be harmful to humans. Yet another reason for honesty in packaging. But if I could get a few filets of Seabiscuit tainted with LSD.......

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