So many strange arguments in favor of horse meat on the table! It increases the value of horses, or provides a suitable ending for “unwanted” horses, or relieves the unnecessary burden of horse carcass disposal from landfill facilities.
(The landfill argument is my favorite. Apparently Americans’ producing an average of 1600 pounds of personal garbage per year is not the biggest problem facing the sanitation business, it’s horse carcasses. Or so people have very passionately argued to me.)
It’s too bad not enough people realize that horse meat is, in fact, POISONOUS. Tiny little detail.
So when a friend pointed out a column in the Toronto Sun about a merry little adventure eating cheval at the local French bistro, I was less impressed by his sarcastic quips about John Wayne and War Horse, and more concerned about his health insurance.
It’s delicious. Horse is remarkably tender, lean and sweet and it’s packed with protein and iron.
Too bad it’s horse. I hear “hi-yo, Silver!” every time I chew.
“I can understand why people who grew up around horses wouldn’t want to eat them,” says the chef. “I had a girlfriend who rode dressage. She thought this was awful.”
Haha, a hi-ho Silver joke while he’s eating a horse. Oh, and dude, your girlfriend thought it was awful? That’s probably because she’d sweated a few legs with furazone in her time.
Liz O’Connell stepped up and wrote Strobel a much-needed correction to his article, which she was nice enough to share with me. I thought it was too good not to share with you.
Horse slaughter has not resumed in the US. Recent federal legislation enabled funding of slaughter house inspectors, but my understanding is none of that funding has been appropriated. So the horse meat you are eating, if it is from the US, is more than likely tainted with a whole host of pharmaceuticals.
The drug I would worry about most if I indulged in horsemeat would be chloramphenicol. It is routinely given to horses in the US — and is a surefire way for a human to develop aplastic anemia. To even administer the drug to a horse, I have to wear double surgical gloves. Then there is furacin which is a listed human carcinogen. If a horse gets a wound, furacin is the first defense.
Did you know that horsemeat is a major conduit for trichonosis? There have been fatal outbreaks in Europe. The problem is the dewormer that is effective against the trichonosis parasite is outlawed for use in animals slaughtered for human consumption. And once the parasite encysts in the horse’s muscle the dewormer doesn’t work. So there the parasitic worm it sits, waiting to be eaten, ready to colonize a gourmand.Hope you are feeling OK,Regards,Liz
Well said, Liz! If this doesn’t result in late-night visits to WebMD, I don’t know what will.
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