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Is horse meat really bad for human consumption?

Updated on November 11, 2014

Our world is a rainbow world and it has a variety of delicacies in abundance. Mother earth is home to many people with different cultures, traditions, beliefs and various types of sumptuous dishes. All these foods from various countries across the globe have food nutrients necessary for the body.To point a finger at what is eaten in Mali or France is counter - productive. People have choices to eat what they like and to eat foods which are readily available in their vicinities. Some like dog meat, others like frogs. My neighbour Tom enjoys monkey meat, Natty dread enjoys fish the choices are theirs - why not?

The adage one man 's meat is another man's poison aptly sums up the reason why horse meat is a delicacy in central Asia ,Japan, Belgium, Northern Italy,Spain, and France to name a few - indeed let them enjoy it, if they have the voracious appetite for it. One man's meat is another man's poison - this adage also says it all,why horse meat is not a delicacy in UK, America and other countries. Of late Europe was ravaged by the worst horse meat scandal.

Traces of horse meat DNA were identified in frozen hamburgers patties and beef lasagnas. As a preventive measure most supermarkets in the UK, had to remove these products from their freezers.Those who have a good appetite for horse meat boast that,horse meat is sweet, tender and rich in protein. They also claim that It has low fat. They subscribe to the view that horse meat is superb for a barbecue on a sunny day at the beach.They claim it is enjoyable when it is flavoured with spices. They claim that it blends well with a chilly glass of wine - two thumbs up to all those who have accepted horse meat as their delicacy.It only becomes a problem when those who don't want to eat horse meat are served horse meat unknowingly and against their food habits.

Even though there is a good number of people who enjoy eating horse meat, many people can't stomach it. Why are many people against eating horse meat remains the question seeking answers? Some say horse meat is not fit for human consumption. They have their own reasons to back that claim. They are of the opinion that horses have been there for mankind since time immemorial. They are mankind's lovable pets,like cats and dogs. They believe horses are like babies to humanity. It doesn't augur well for humans to eat their babies? It is an act of abomination. Though so strong the belief might be, it's not for me to judge.

Other schools of thoughts believe that horses have crucial roles they play to mankind which make them closer and indispensable to humans,as a result they are of the view that, it doesn't augur well to eat the meat of your obedient servant. Horses are seen taking part in wars, films, weddings and funerals - they make money for their masters. Hence the thinking that, It doesn't sound proper to betray the bond and closeness which exist between horses and mankind by having a voracious appetite for their meat.

People who enjoy horse meat may also have their supportive evidence to support why they serve horse meat at their dinner tables. This may sent shivers down the spines of many who are against chomping horse meat. Those who don't eat horse meat believe that,It is not in the interest of many pets lovers to enjoy a meal of mankind's best friend - the horse. They also believe that the chemical bute which is used to treat horses is known to have detrimental effects to humans. Eating horse meat may result in one ingesting this chemical,which is like a time bomb to our health - by the end of the day - they are entitled to their opinions anyway.

Those against the consumption of horsemeat are of the opinion that,horses are known and respected for their good learning skills and the way they obey the rules of their masters - the human race. They are really beautiful and obedient companions of mankind. Eating their meat is like eating part of one's heart and soul. They believe that horses are too good to be eaten by mankind they deserve better - indeed,a good turn deserves another as the elders say. It is their belief that,a horse doesn't deserve to be eaten by humans because of the bond and loyalty to the human race. To them It sounds scandalous to enjoy a dish of horse meat.

Horses are known to be crowd pullers at race courses. They provide entertainment to mankind and can raise the economies of various countries through tax from betting outlets. Many people can win loads of money at race courses through betting. They believe horses provide employment to society namely jockeys and all those who train horses and manage their good upkeep in stables. They allege it would be a betrayal to eat the meat of horses - it would be like biting the hands that feed them. They enjoy watching polo as a sporting activity, made possible by mankind's best friend - the horse. So to munch the liver of a horse,to them it sounds ridiculous and scandalous in equal measure.

If one can enjoy eating his/her best friend,it is a bit weird and callous, they continue to suggest. Many of them believe that horses are their true friends. Hence, a friend in need is a friend indeed. Their sober conscience make them not want to betray that friendship by roasting or grilling horsemeat. They swear blind, that they would throw up upon tasting horse meat. They believe horses should have a proper burial like humans upon their death not to be slaughtered for restaurant menus. Authoritatively the voices of those who do not eat horse meat are louder and clearer, 'no, no and no to a dish of horse meat!' They vend their anger and stamp their authority by saying, 'horses are too beautiful to end up in a frying pan, barbecue stand or a restaurant menu.'

I have no hard feelings for those who enjoy horse meat,neither am I in support of those who don't eat horse meat. A debate has been started. Is horse meat really bad for human consumption? It's up to individuals to say yes or no, to a dish of horse meat. My main aim was only to put the ball in your court and kick start the debate - enjoy the debate whilst it lasts!


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    • samazi profile imageAUTHOR

      Masimba Mukichi 

      5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thanks collegedad for your input, I also enjoy eating fish and game meat.Cheers, stay blessed.

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      5 years ago from The Upper Peninsula

      I enjoyed reading this. I have a neighbor that butchers horses and I also have neighbors that are opposed to it. Personally, I don't eat horse meat. I have a freezer full of fish, venison, and game birds so I don't need to. That said, this is a huge debate in the US as for years horse owners could not "dispose" of unwanted horses. Many were simply released to fend for themselves. Now horse owners can take their animals to market. Well done.

    • samazi profile imageAUTHOR

      Masimba Mukichi 

      5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thanks aplenty,MsDora, for your insight and input.

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      Dora Weithers 

      5 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks for sharing your opinion about horse meat for consumption. It seems that what you say about horses being true friends, other people can say about their pets which includes just about every type of animal.

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      Masimba Mukichi 

      5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thanks , ladybluewriter for adding your voice on this issue.

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      5 years ago from United States

      There is currently major crisis in the UK from those selling bad horse meat that was mixed with beef. Those wanting to make a buck sold to major companies that sold it on the market and contaminated meat was found. Horses that race are poisonous due to excess steroid usage. Laws say they cannot be slaughtered because of it, but somehow these things do happen no matter what. I wrote a hub on a slaughter house for Oklahoma with ideas of selling it to UK.

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      Masimba Mukichi 

      5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thanks,Marie Flint I do buy your ideas especially when you say God directed people to eat animals with a split hoof.You have said it all , when you say the human race is notorious for disobedience of the divine law.Food for thought for the human race.

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      Marie Flint 

      5 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida USA

      As a practicing vegan, one whose diet consists of plant-sourced foods, I probably should not attempt to comment here.

      In the Bible, God directed His people to only eat the type of animal that had a split hoof, such as deer, cow, sheep, pig, and the like. Horses do not have a split hoof and, therefore, in Judeo-Christian tradition are not to be eaten.

      The reason behind God's directive was one of hygiene. Animals, like humans, have a metabolism that includes the elimination of uric acid. The larger the animal, the less efficient the elimination. In time, over indulgence of the additional uric acid can lead to kidney stones and, eventually, death.

      From a spiritual perspective, all of God's creatures are sacred. In the Old Testament during Moses' time, the age of Aries, animal sacrifice, usually a ram, was performed for the atonement of sin. The Essenes, a group separate from the masses of ancient Israel, did not practice these sacrifices, but communed with the angelic realm. They knew how to balance the elements of fire, air, water, and earth.

      God's Fifth Commandment, "Thou shalt not kill" has been interpretted as being restricted to humans, but I, for one, question this interpretation.

      You are correct in considering the emotional reprecussion of killing animals, for often the element of fear is experienced by the animal before its death. This negative experience builds around the slaughter houses and can be seen as a dirty red by those who are gifted in paranormal sight.

      And, yes, the human race in many aspects is notorious for disobedience to Divine Law. ***


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