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#1 jo-v

Posted 12 February 2013 - 02:54 PM

There's uproar in the UK at the moment as horse meat has been found in a number of products. I can understand why people are upset as they didn't know it was there so it wasn't their choice to eat it.

Personally, while I wouldn't eat the low grade stuff that has been talked about (frozen lasagne, cheap burgers etc.) I would have no problem eating a horse steak.  I've travelled in Africa and eaten various game including croc and impala.  To me meat is meat, if you eat one animal whats the difference with eating another?  Dog and cat would make me hesitate because of the pet angle but if my life depended on it I would probably eat them....

For the record I don't mean I would go out and kill a random animal for dinner but if I was in a country where it was the norm to eat it, I would give it a try.

(hopes nobody from the pet forum pops in).

#2 steppy

Posted 12 February 2013 - 02:56 PM

Wouldn't bother me at all. I've heard of worse things than horses being in pre-prepared meals. There are animals I draw the line at - like monkeys, dolphin, whale - but lets be clear here - I mean, I draw the line while I am not starving and able to get food easily. I'm not sure where the line stops if I'm starving to death. I've heard of people eating week old roadkill under those conditions.

#3 ~sydblue~

Posted 12 February 2013 - 02:56 PM

I suppose depending on where you are, you adapt to the lifestyle and food choices there.
I would probably try anything if hungry enough.


#4 kpingitquiet

Posted 12 February 2013 - 03:01 PM

My sister was really distressed as she's a horse rescuer. Me, I have a hard time distinguishing between types of meat, ethically. I don't really have a problem eating anything that isn't endangered. I also have no problem going years without touching any meat at all. I DO take issue with "mystery" meats such as this. You should always be allowed to know exactly what is contained in your purchased food.

#5 DK3000

Posted 12 February 2013 - 03:02 PM

I think one of the issues with this scandal, though, is that the horses used weren't subject to the same standards regarding health and medicines used as beef cattle would be, so could pose a higher health risks than 'regular' meat.



#6 Feral-Lausii

Posted 12 February 2013 - 03:02 PM

I have eaten horse meat, very similar to beef. So no doesn't bother me.

#7 Guest_Sunnycat_*

Posted 12 February 2013 - 03:02 PM

I've been reading about this and don't get the uproar. I understand that the horse meat was contaminated though so I can see why people are upset about that. I can also understand beg upset at thinking you're eating something and it's actually something else.

I don't have a problem eating any animal animal....except my pets and endangered or "exotic" animals. I could never eat whale meat or a tiger.

So I guess I contradict myself, as I only would really eat farm animals and seafood.

Edited by Sunnycat, 12 February 2013 - 03:04 PM.


#8 amabanana

Posted 12 February 2013 - 03:03 PM

I don't see any difference between a cow and a horse (in terms of meat).  It wouldn't phase me at all if someone told me I'd eaten horse as I've already tried it in the past.  I would be angry though if it was mislabeled as that is deception/fraud.

The list of things I have eaten will probably see me lynch mobbed so I'm not going to go there.  wink.gif

#9 MrsLexiK

Posted 12 February 2013 - 03:03 PM

No I wouldn't, but I don't eat all animals anyway.  I eat some beef, chicken, fish, kangeroo, and have tried crocodile (If i lived somewhere north I would probably eat more crocodile when out at resutrants) I don't eat much pork, I don't eat lamb or veal.  I wouldn't try horse but it is probably because of the pet eliment for me.

#10 Ranunculus

Posted 12 February 2013 - 03:05 PM

Stupid question.. but why don't we eat horse meat? Do they not taste good?

#11 Lucrezia Borgia

Posted 12 February 2013 - 03:10 PM

was this in Britain? Id probably prefer to eat horse there than beef anyway...

I wouldnt eat cats, cause I like them....same as dogs. I wouldnt eat shark...but thats a weird "karma" like thing for me - if I dont eat them they wont eat me......(Im not pretending it makes sense!)

#12 Foogle

Posted 12 February 2013 - 03:14 PM

QUOTE (G.K @ 12/02/2013, 04:05 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Stupid question.. but why don't we eat horse meat? Do they not taste good?


Don't know about horse but I want to know why everyone (in my immediate family - DH I'm looking at you) have an issue with rabbit.

We were virtually raised on rabbit where I grew up.  It's fabulous and when I first visited my relatives in Germany when I was a young teen, what did we get for dinner for that first night in Berlin?  An absolutely beautifully cooked rabbit with mustard sauce and the most outstanding dumplings.

I have noticed that my local butcher is starting to stock a few rabbits and I've been buying them.  I luurve rabbit.

Anyone else a rabbit lover?  original.gif



#13 TheGreenSheep

Posted 12 February 2013 - 03:14 PM

Am I the only one who thinks when I see mass produced pies that they contain horse, goats and camels?? Another reason I dont eat pies as most of its unidentifiable offal. But thats totally unfounded, just the way my mind thinks.

And no I wouldnt be put off by eating horse meat. I have eaten a range of different animal meats. Id just like to know that its in my mince or burger etc.

#14 la di dah

Posted 12 February 2013 - 03:15 PM

For religious reasons, I'll eat beef/lamb/chicken, but not pork/kangaroo/horse. I'll eat salmon but not prawns. I would be pretty mad about the mislabelling.

I'm thinking of giving up meat altogether for the ease/assuredness of it, but I don't think of all meat as interchangeable.

#15 kpingitquiet

Posted 12 February 2013 - 03:15 PM

QUOTE (G.K @ 12/02/2013, 03:35 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Stupid question.. but why don't we eat horse meat? Do they not taste good?


To the best of my knowledge, it's kind of a leftover cultural thing from when horses were primary forms of transport and livelihood. You'd have to be pretty hard up to eat your car, right? So it just got programmed out of us. That and they are treated in a very personal/domestic fashion, not unlike dogs. Other cultures don't have the same taboos.

#16 TheGreenSheep

Posted 12 February 2013 - 03:16 PM

QUOTE (Foogle @ 12/02/2013, 04:14 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Anyone else a rabbit lover?  original.gif


Dont mind rabbit, just thought it was a tad funny to be served rabbit at easter, being the easter bunny and all, but no one seemed to bat an eyelid or see the humour in it. They all ate with gusto.

#17 liveworkplay

Posted 12 February 2013 - 03:17 PM

As long as it wasn't endangered and fit for human consumption (eg no harmful drugs etc injected) then I do not see the difference between cow and horse, guinea pig or dog.

I think the problem with the recent British scandal was that it was not stated. It's all cultural. Most other European countries would not have batter an eyelid at consuming horse.

#18 ~Supernova~

Posted 12 February 2013 - 03:18 PM

Hmm I'm not sure. I am happy to eat animals that are bred for food, not so happy to eat what in my head is a "pet". I love horses, so would prefer to not eat them lol same goes for cats and dogs. If I were starving and they were the only food source around? Completely different story.

#19 BadCat

Posted 12 February 2013 - 03:21 PM

I prefer to eat the standard cow, pig, chicken, sheep.  But I have eaten croc, ostrich, gazelle and roo.

I admit I do find it harder to consider eating cuddly pet animal types of meat.  I would if I were hungry and it was all that was on offer though.  Meat is meat after all.

Not rats though.  Don't feed me rat unless I'm on the verge of death because eeeeewwww rats.  sick.gif

#20 Gel_Bel

Posted 12 February 2013 - 03:23 PM

I have no problem eating different meats, some I like, some I don't. I'm sure if I was starving I would also have no problem hunting for meat...I have a problem buying something labeled as beef and it turning out to be horse. And worse still, horse which could potentially make me sick...

#21 steppy

Posted 12 February 2013 - 03:23 PM

I had an ex whose sister was a health inspector. This is why I do not eat dim sims and rarely eat pies etc.

#22 Meagan

Posted 12 February 2013 - 03:26 PM

I would not be happy with the labels not being correct, but I have no issue eating any meat - so far!  I've had shark, frogs legs, snails, goat, croc, kangaroo, rabbit, whicity grubs (I have no idea how to spell it! We had a large aboriginal population at our school & native foods was part of my education) along with the standard beef, pork, chicken, fish.  I'll try anything once, but I think I would not eat endangered animals.

#23 la di dah

Posted 12 February 2013 - 03:29 PM

QUOTE (Madame Protart @ 12/02/2013, 04:21 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
For religious reasons you won't eat kangaroo?  I saw the other day you said you won't eat meat and dairy together (is that right?) for religious reasons.  Is there a quick explanation you wouldn't mind sharing?


Quickest? "Jew." roll2.gif

Kangaroo isn't kosher. It has not got the required physical features for a mammal to be kosher, specifically cloven hooves AND chewing their cud. I don't honestly know if a kangaroo chews its cud but it has big ol' paws. Seafood has other rules. There are no kosher reptiles/amphibians.

Meat (well, red meat or poultry, fish is okay) and dairy aren't eaten together because of a commandment in Leviticus about it being [not the real term]A Large No-No[/not the real term] to boil a calf in its mother's milk.

I don't keep strict kosher, but I do avoid meats that would never be right, like horse/kangaroo/shark/prawns etc. where it doesn't matter how you prepare them, they're always wrong.

Sorry for the tangent. Anyway, mislabeling peeves me.

EDIT: Halal and kashrut (kosher rules) overlap but then separate again. Pigs are out in both, I think horse would be okay in halal though, and liquor is okay in kashrut.

Edited by la di dah, 12 February 2013 - 03:31 PM.


#24 Riotproof

Posted 12 February 2013 - 03:31 PM

From what I understand its actually that the horse meat hasn't been put through the same safety channels. They are worried about hormones and chemicals being present, as well as being misrepresented as beef.

Tbh, it not sure I would order horse at a restaurant, but if I visited someone's home and they served it, I'd probably eat it.

#25 Ice Queen

Posted 12 February 2013 - 03:32 PM

I lived in France so I don't even raise an eyebrow at horse meat.  It is sold in every butcher and on many menus.  It is however a 'cheap' meat and a lot of the elderly French eat it as it was one of the few meats they could afford during war and afterwards.  It isn't very appetising looking (a very dark, deep red) in the butchers so, no, it is not a meat I would choose.

For me it would be the mislabelling though and the UK is terrible for it.  When I lived there chicken fillets were found to be injected with pork fat to increase the weight and size of them.  That kind of behaviour from food manufacturers sh&ts me no end.




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