Thursday, February 21, 2008

Horse slaughter

I just read a big thing on Willie Nelson's website about stopping horse slaughter. My question is: why is it worse to kill a horse than to kill a cow? They're both treated poorly on the way to slaughter by many slaughterhouses. They're slaughtered in similar fashions. They're both used for meat. In theory, you could ride both, although I've never seen someone ride a cow. Cows are just as lovable and cute as horses. I just don't understand the horse/cow double standard.

9 comments:

Xavier Emmanuelle said...

I don't see how it's right to kill any animal, unless it is endangering you or someone you love (ie if you're being attacked by a grizzly bear). That's why I'm vegetarian.

Midwife with a Knife said...

I kind of feel like I have every right to kill prey animals to eat as a lion does. The difference is that we owe it to the animals to do it in as humane a way as possible (and sometimes, considering the ravages of the beef industry, I do consider becoming a vegetarian because the beef industry is pretty inhumane)

medstudentitis said...

MWWAK, i respect your right to eat meat. I just don't understand what the difference is between eating a cow and eating a horse. Both should be treated humanely.

Anonymous said...

The difference is that Americans don’t eat horses. Horses are not raised or bred as food animals but as sport, work and companion animals. Cows don’t run in the KY Derby. Cows aren’t used in hippotherapy. Cows are not ridden by our mounted police. Cows didn’t carry our soldiers into battle. And the list goes on.

If European elite diners want to eat horses, let them butcher their own. We’re not butchering their cows and they shouldn’t be butchering our horses.

medstudentitis said...

Americans eat Australian lamb ... because they don't want to slaughter their own sheep?

Anonymous said...

lamb is an accepted food in this country but we're discussing horses.

medstudentitis said...

But why is it accepted, that's what I don't understand. It's totally arbitrary.

Anonymous said...

Horses are viewed as companion, sport and work animals, not as food animals. Cows and lambs don’t run in the KY Derby. They don’t carry our mounted police. They aren’t used in Hippotherapy. They didn’t carry our soldiers into battle. You could ask the same question about dogs and cats. It’s our culture just as it is a culture to eat dogs and cats in other countries. It is what it is. We don’t view our pets as food animals.

adam said...

They slaughter kangaroos here in Australia. I've never eaten kangaroo meat but apparently it's DELICIOUS!