Wednesday, December 7, 2011
DEC 7 CONGRESS LIFTS BAN ON HORSE MEAT IN THE US
Last Friday, the US Congress passed legislation re-legalizing the slaughter and sale of horse meat in the USA and all territories. “I find it disgusting,” said Patricia Fazio of Cody, Wyoming, echoing sentiments of most Americans. In the US, horses are placed in the "pet / companion" group of animals...along with cats, dogs, gerbils and guinea pigs. And we all know: You don't eat your friends. So it came a huge surprise to many over the weekend when animal-obsessed PETA announced its "temporary" support for the lifting of the ban. What? Has PETA lost its mind? Hasn't PETA seen horse-themed movies like "National Velvet" and "Seabiscuit"? Neigh!
We here at the DUNER BLOG were surprised as well...so we did some research. And it turns out to be a little more complicated than expected. See...our earliest ancestors ate horses long before riding them. So it only makes sense to continue eating them ...right? Anyhow, over time, certain cultures attached specific 'moral / religious' baggage to each animal with regards to consumption. For example, Jewish and Islamic cultures won't eat pigs...but Christians and Buddhists are okay with it. Horses are one of the animals that humans can't agree on...it's fine to eat them in other countries but not in the USA.
1. China 2. Mexico 3. Mongolia 4. Kazakhstan
5. Italy 6. Argentina 7. Brazil 8. Kyrgyzstan
Anyhow, despite its popularity overseas, its highly unlikely that horse meat will be accepted by American society anytime soon. However, let's agree that eating horses in other countries is acceptable moral behavior. This means other nations want to purchase American horse meat...and they're willing to pay $20 a pound. So, during the ban on horse meat, many Americans sold horses illegally to the black market. They were then smuggled into Mexico and slaughtered for a profit. PETA felt this practice was much less humane than allowing horses to be slaughtered in the US...and hence gave tepid approval for the measure. In a statement PETA said horses endure "more suffering on a frightening, long, and miserable journey to Canada or Mexico" than being killed in a regulated, inspected slaughterhouse in the USA.