Are Horses Made Into Dog Food

Ellen Grant
• Thursday, 10 December, 2020
• 40 min read

Just reading that question out aloud in this day and age would bring horror to most people. After the war, horse meat found its way to dinner tables because there were massive shortages of “normal” meat.

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However, this became increasingly unpopular politically and the American government at the time under Truman thought better of it. Venture down to your local supermarket and grab a pork roast, chops or ribs and no one cares.

The fact that Horse Racing is seen worldwide as the sport of kings, and therefore has a massive following promotes a non-return So the stigma or reputation that a pet food company would inherit with a return to horse meat based dogwood would undoubtedly affect their sales or upside. That is undoubtedly true, but for as long as history has been recorded, the eating of horses and even dogs have been a norm when food is hard to find.

However, these are generally for human consumption in European countries like Italy, France, and Russia. To the public, horse meat would probably sound like a pretty unappetizing meal option.

However, it is one of the best forms of protein available as it has half the fat of beef, low in cholesterol with high levels of iron and vitamin B. Instead of continuing to provide the budget that the Bureau of Land-Management has been allocated for the care of wild horses, he has proposed that it be cut.

Instead, the money saved should be spent on lifting the restrictions that stopped them being sent to dealers that supply neighboring country abattoirs. This involved the pet food company Danger, where traces of horse DNA, were found in their Hunk of Beef dogwood.

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The same argument can be used for the killing of “normal” food sources like sheep, cows, and chickens. Instead, it revolves around the fact that as big animals, they are not stunned first, so the killing process is considered barbaric.

However, having seen a racehorse break a leg while racing, the veterinarian will put up some kind of sheet to avoid public view. In Australia, we had a significant outbreak of the Kendra Virus that killed not only animals but also humans.

As a result, the spring racing carnival was canceled, and the number of infected horses found was staggering. These horses are generally 7 years and under, as the meat quality needs to be of a high standard or in good health.

Images of dead horses piled in a tangled mess of heads and legs, their manes soaked in blood. Cows crippled with pain, unable to stand, their flesh torn from their bodies, their bones broken by forklifts, lying in blood and filth.

I was shown barrels of decomposing intestines of euthanized animals crawling with maggots. Within days an FDA review was initiated, and the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine immediately stopped disposing of euthanized animals at Bravo Packing.

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According to Phyllis Antis of equivalent, the FDA “analyzed a sample of horse meat pursuant to a complaint from one Bravo Packing’s customers. A study published in May 2010 in the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology found that substances routinely given to American horses cause dangerous adverse effects in humans.

Today, no pet food or animal feed company of any repute would dare use or list horse meat as an ingredient. There was a time when the practice of slaughtering horses could have been halted by a law forbidding it in the State of New Jersey where Bravo Packing is located, but it didn’t work out that way.

In 2012, Governor Christie of New Jersey signed a bill into law prohibiting the slaughter of horses and sale of horseflesh for human consumption. Because what that bill didn’t ban was the slaughter of horses and sale of horseflesh for animal consumption.

Read how the law omits the reference to food for animal consumption: (emphasis mine) Summary: This New Jersey law enacted in 2012 makes it a disorderly persons' offense to knowingly slaughter a horse for human consumption.

“The gruesome practice of slaughtering horses for food has no place in the United States, and it’s well pastime for Congress to say once and for all that horse meat is not what’s for dinner,” said Sen. Menéndez, a regular recipient of the annual Humane Society’s Humane Champion award. But Bravo Packing is not an official establishment under USDA rule, so they are able to continue to slaughter horses.

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Horses have always played a vital role in the collective experience of America and that they richly deserve our protection and compassion. We marginalize the experience and suffering from cows, pigs, and chickens while we shower our love and affection on our pets, including our horses.

To allow the suffering of pets is unthinkable, yet we allow the systemic abuse and neglect of livestock to continue on a scale that is unimaginable. It is easy to denounce our lack of morality and character for singling out one species suffering as more significant than another, revering one and eating the other.

Did you know that horse meat was the primary, indeed the only, meat ingredient used in canned dogwood until the 1940s?! This new status means not only fewer horse about the place but peoples attitudes towards it change.

Last month we tried to work out the difference in steroid / anti-inflammatory use in dogs and humans. This was based on two assumptions, 1) cereal-based dry food is inflammatory and 2) if a doctor tried to put steroids in your kids, certainly more than once, we’d be more inclined to ask why.

If I could do it again I would remove mention of anti-inflammatories as too many people asked me was the likes of Neuron included, which may be fudging the results. The main reason for this is because U.S. companies make more profit by selling it to countries where people eat the meat.

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Cheaper dog foods contain by-products and animal digest (see my post on dogwood ingredients). The only way to be absolutely sure horse meat is not used in your dog ’s food is to read the label.

I know this is totally unrelated to dogs, but as an animal lover, the headline “Plant may slaughter horses …” in Saturday’s issue of The Forum caught my attention. Then their hind legs were shackled and the horses were lifted into the air upside down to have their throats sliced.

In 2006, the U.S. House of Representatives passed an act to ban horse slaughtering. The North Dakota plant would slaughter horses that are no longer used for recreation, farming or racing, said The Forum.

Slaughtered horses are used for meat, gelatin, glue, pet food and leather products, according to the article. I could not find any pet food brands that admittedly use horse meat.

The photos are from a horseback riding trip I took with friends in Costa Rica a few years ago, one of the few experiences I have with horses. So far, Americans have not been touched directly by the scandal, since the companies involved do not export beef to the United States.

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But the anger over the discovery has raised the question: Why is eating horse meat considered taboo in some nations yet unremarkable in others? Mexico, Switzerland, Kazakhstan, Belgium, Japan, Germany, Indonesia, Poland and China are among the nations where many people eat horse meat without a second thought.

Those two words at the end are key: While beef was being rationed by the government at the time, horse meat was not. In the 1940s and 1950s, according to New York University professor of Food Studies Marion Nestle, there was a de facto “black market” for horse meat in which people would go into pet food stores to buy horse meat for their own consumption, viewing it as an inexpensive and tasty alternative to beef.

Today, Nestle said, most pet food companies do not profess to use horse meat, partially for fear it would discourage people from buying the product. Against the wishes of animal rights activists, horses are still being shipped to Canada and Mexico for slaughter and, in many cases, human consumption.

I think its glue, and they just closed down a horse processing plant here in my state. The meat is also exported to other countries for human consumption.

A new law makes it illegal to kill horses in the US for meat so now they are loaded on barges taken out to sea into international waters where they are killed and then brought back to US plants to be processed. So the new law makes life for these condemned animals even worse.

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I’m no fan of horse slaughter but there are things worse than death, mainly living a life of neglect with little or no food, water, bedding or shelter. They use the horse meat for zoo carnivores, some wet dog food, and it's a delicacy overseas.

A truck comes 'round and gets all the lab animals, takes them to a renderer, and they all go into the machine to make pet chow. This is why those of us who work in animal shelters get a sick laugh out of things like Purina's “Kitty stew”.

And puppies, and road killed wildlife, and lab rats, and all manner of things. No, They found that horse meat contained unacceptable chemicals that were harmful to dogs and cats.

It is very sad that we send meat to other countries and do not tell them that we will not even feed it to our dogs and cats for the fear of the harm it will cause to them. All are foreign owned and Pay minimal as in $5.00 to no taxes at all.

This is of course after they are hung by their back foot and have their throats slit. A Kentucky Derby winner was sent to slaughter because he couldn't produce winning foals.

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Americans are all up in arms over horse slaughter, as they chow down on their Big Mac. Horse meat slaughtered in the U.S. is exported to foreign countries like France for expensive restaurants.

We were just viewing some horses on the net the other day that had been rescued from a meat processing factory. We checked the labels on pet tins in the supermarket after that some just said made from selected processed meats.

“Two bandanna-masked men begin operating Bobcat minimizers, loading the ‘raw’ into a ten-foot deep stainless steel pit. “Rendering is the process of cooking raw animal material to remove the moisture and fat.

“The cooker, or ‘chef’, blends the raw product in order to maintain a certain ratio between the carcasses of pets, livestock, poultry waste and supermarket rejects. “During this cooking process, the “soup” produces a fat of yellow grease or tallow that rises to the top and is skimmed off.

“The cooked meat and bone are sent to a hammer-mill press, which squeezes out the remaining moisture and pulverizes the product into a gritty powder. Unfortunately, as hard as it is to believe, the final product of this grisly process is sold as a source of protein and fat for making animal feeds.

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Unwanted metal contaminants can be traced to a variety of sources including pet collars, ID tags, surgical pins and needles. Every day, out-of-date supermarket meats as well as spoiled fish and poultry arrive by the truckload, right in their original Styrofoam trays and shrink wrap.

There’s simply no time for the tedious task of unwrapping each individual package of the many thousands of rejected products. Plastic cattle ID lags, pesticide patches and even the green waste disposal bags containing dead pets from veterinary clinics and shelters are tossed directly into the pit.

During the Paleolithic, wild horses formed an important source of food for humans. In many parts of Europe, the consumption of horse meat continued throughout the Middle Ages until modern times, despite a papal ban on horse meat in 732.

Horse meat was also eaten as part of Germanic pagan religious ceremonies in Northern Europe, particularly ceremonies associated with the worship of Odin. The earliest horses evolved on the North American continent, and by about 12,000 BC, they had migrated to other parts of the world, becoming extinct in the Americas.

In the 15th and 16th centuries, Spaniards, followed by other European settlers, reintroduced horses to the Americas. Some horses became feral, and began to be hunted by the indigenous Sequence people of what is now Chile and Argentina.

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Initially, early humans hunted horses as they did other game; later, they began to raise them for meat, milk and transport. The meat was, and still is, preserved by being sun-dried in the high Andes into a product known as charge.

Hunger during World War II led to horses being eaten. Horse meat gained widespread acceptance in French cuisine during the later years of the Second French Empire. The high cost of living in Paris prevented many working-class citizens from buying meat such as pork or beef ; in 1866, the French government legalized the eating of horse meat, and the first butcher's shop specializing in horse meat opened in eastern Paris, providing quality meat at lower prices.

During the Siege of Paris (1870–1871), horse meat, along with the meat of donkeys and mules, was eaten by anyone who could afford it, partly because of a shortage of fresh meat in the blockaded city, and also because horses were eating grain that was needed by the human populace. Though large numbers of horses were in Paris (estimates suggested between 65,000 and 70,000 were butchered and eaten during the siege), the supply was ultimately limited.

Not even champion racehorses were spared (two horses presented to Napoleon III by Alexander II of Russia were slaughtered), but the meat became scarce. Many Parisians gained a taste for horse meat during the siege, and after the war ended, horse meat remained popular.

Likewise, in other places and times of siege or starvation, horses are viewed as a food source of last resort. Despite the general Anglophone taboo, horse and donkey meat was eaten in Britain, especially in Yorkshire, until the 1930s, and, in times of postwar food shortages, surged in popularity in the United States and was considered for use as hospital food.

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A 2007 Time magazine article about horse meat brought to the United States from Canada described the meat as “a sweet, rich, super lean, oddly soft meat, and closer to beef than to venison.” Horse meat has a slightly sweet taste reminiscent of beef.

Many consumers allege not being able to tell the difference between beef and horse meat. Meat from younger horses tends to be lighter in color, while older horses produce richer color and flavor, as with most mammals.

IDH did find that horses at the age of 6 months had lower value of moisture and protein. Selected nutrients per 100 g (3.5 oz) Food source Energy Protein(g) Fat(g) Iron(mg) Sodium(mg) Cholesterol(mg) (kJ) (Cal) Game meat, horse, raw 560 133 21 5 3.8 53 52 Beef, strip steak, raw 490 117 23 3 1.9 55 55 In most countries where horses are slaughtered for food, they are processed similarly to cattle, i.e., in large-scale factory slaughterhouses (abattoirs) where they are stunned with a captive bolt gun and bled to death.

In countries with a less industrialized food -production system, horses and other animals are slaughtered individually outdoors as needed, in or near the village where they will be consumed. Kyrgyzstan 155,17723,762 Total 4,262,004642,621 In 2005, the eight principal horse meat-producing countries produced over 700,000 tonnes of this product.

As horses are relatively poor converters of grass and grain to meat compared to cattle, they are not usually bred or raised specifically for their meat. Instead, horses are slaughtered when their monetary value as riding or work animals is low, but their owners can still make money selling them for horse meat, for example in the routine export of the southern English ponies from the New Forest, Ex moor, and Dartmoor.

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British law requires the use of equine passports even for semi feral horses to enable traceability (also known as “provenance”), so most slaughtering is done in the UK before the meat is exported, meaning that the animals travel as carcasses rather than live. Ex- racehorses, riding horses, and other horses sold at auction may also enter the food chain ; sometimes, these animals have been stolen or purchased under false pretenses.

Even prestigious horses may end up in the slaughterhouse ; the 1986 Kentucky Derby winner and 1987 Eclipse Award for Horse of the Year winner, Ferdinand, is believed to have been slaughtered in Japan, probably for pet food. A misconception exists that horses are commonly slaughtered for pet food.

In many countries, such as the United States, horse meat was outlawed for use in pet food in the 1970s. American horse meat is considered a delicacy in Europe and Japan, and its cost is in line with veal, so it would be prohibitively expensive in many countries for pet food.

Meat from horses that veterinarians have put down with a lethal injection is not suitable for human consumption, as the toxin remains in the meat; the carcasses of such animals are sometimes cremated (most other means of disposal are problematic, due to the toxin). Remains of euthanized animals can be rendered, which maintains the value of the skin, bones, fats, etc., for such purposes as fish food.

This is commonly done for lab specimens (e.g., pigs) euthanized by injection. Carcasses of horses treated with some drugs are considered edible in some jurisdictions.

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In Europe, however, the same preparation is not considered to have any such effect, and edibility of the horse meat is not affected. Horse meat is commonly eaten in many countries in Europe and Asia.

It is not generally available food in some English-speaking countries such as the United Kingdom, South Africa, Australia, Ireland, the United States, and English Canada. Horse meat is not generally eaten in Spain, except in the north, but the country exports horses both as live animals and as slaughtered meat for the French and Italian markets.

For example, the Food Standards Code of Australia and New Zealand definition of 'meat' does not include horse. In Tonga, horse meat is eaten nationally, and Tongan emigrants living in the United States, New Zealand, and Australia have retained a taste for it, claiming Christian missionaries originally introduced it to them.

The consumption of horse meat has been common in Central Asian societies, past or present, due to the abundance of steppes suitable for raising horses. In North Africa, horse meat has been occasionally consumed, but almost exclusively by the Christian Copts and the Hawaii Sunnis; it has never been eaten in the Maghreb.

In the eighth century, Popes Gregory III and Zachary instructed Saint Boniface, missionary to the Germans, to forbid the eating of horse meat to those he converted, due to its association with Germanic pagan ceremonies. The people of Iceland allegedly expressed reluctance to embrace Christianity for some time, largely over the issue of giving up horse meat.

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The culturally close people of Sweden still have an ambivalent attitude to horse meat, said to stem from this edict. Horse meat was rejected by the British, but continued to be eaten in other European countries such as France and Germany, where knackers often sold horse carcasses despite the papal ban.

Even the hunting of wild horses for meat continued in the area of Westphalia. Londoners also suspected that horse meat was finding its way into sausages and that offal sold as that of oxen was, in fact, equine.

While no taboo on eating horse meat exists per se, it is generally considered by ethnic Russians to be a low-quality meat with poor taste, and it is rarely found in stores. In 732 AD, Pope Gregory III began a concerted effort to stop the ritual consumption of horse meat in pagan practice.

In some countries, the effects of this prohibition by the Roman Catholic Church have lingered, and horse meat prejudices have progressed from taboos to avoidance to abhorrence. In a study conducted by Fred Simmons, the avoidance of horse meat in American culture is less likely due to lingering feelings from Gregory's prohibition, but instead due to an unfamiliarity with the meat compared to more mainstream offerings.

In other parts of the world, horse meat has the stigma of being something poor people eat and is seen as a cheap substitute for other meats, such as pork and beef. According to the anthropologist Marvin Harris, some cultures class horse meat as taboo because the horse converts grass into meat less efficiently than ruminants.

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Optimistic taboo is also a possible reason for refusal to eat horse meat as an everyday food, but did not necessarily preclude ritual slaughter and consumption. Roman sources state that the goddess Upon was widely worshiped in Gaul and southern Britain.

In The White Goddess, Robert Graves argued that the taboo among Britons and their descendants was due to worship of Upon, and even earlier rites. The ancient Indian Kshatriya's engaged in horse sacrifice (Ashamed Mafia) as recorded in the Vedas and Ramayana, but in the context of the ritual sacrifice, it is not 'killed', but instead smothered to death.

In 1913, the Finnish Mari people of the Volga region were observed to practice a horse sacrifice. In ancient Scandinavia, the horse was very important, as a living, working creature, as a sign of the owner's status, and symbolically within the old Norse religion.

Horses were slaughtered as a sacrifice to the gods, and the meat was eaten by the people taking part in the religious feasts. When the Nordic countries were Christianized, eating horse meat was regarded as a sign of paganism and prohibited.

A reluctance to eat horse meat is common in these countries even today. A British agriculture industry website reported that Australian horse meat production levels had risen to 24,000 tons by 2009.

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On 30 June 2010, Western Australian Agriculture Minister Terry Red man granted final approval to Western Australia butcher Vince Garrett to sell horse meat for human consumption. Ned lands restaurateur Pierre Ichallalene announced plans to do a taster on Bastille Day and to put horse meat dishes on the menu if the reaction is good.

Red man said that the government would “consider extending approvals should the public appetite for horse demand it”. Vince Garrett is the owner of Mono Di Care, a major wholesale meat supplier, which supplies many cafés, restaurants, and hotels in Western Australia.

He commented that no domestic market exists for horse meat, but a successful export market exists, of which he believes Western Australia should have a share. In October 2019, the ABC revealed that thousands of retired racehorses were being slaughtered annually for the export market in human consumption.

Overall, as of 2012 , about 94,000 horses were annually slaughtered, presumably including animals whose meat does not enter the human food chain. Indonesia In Japanese cuisine, raw horse meat is called Laura () or sakuraniku (, Laura means cherry blossom “, Nike means “meat”) because of its pink color.

It can be served raw as sashimi in thin slices dipped in soy sauce, often with ginger and onions added. Hisashi is popular in some regions of Japan and is often served at Malaya bars.

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Fat, typically from the neck, is also found as Hisashi, though it is white, not pink. Tuamotu, Pagan, and Rita are famous for Hisashi, and it is common in the Took region, as well.

Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan In Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, horse meat is a large part of the diet, due mainly to the nomadic roots of the population. Some dishes include sausages called Kay and Chuck or Suzhou made from the meat using the guts as the sausage skin, Ghana made from hip meat, which is smoked and boiled, JAL (or zeal) made from neck fat which is smoked and boiled, karma made from a section of the rectum that is smoked and boiled, and sure which is kept as dried meat.

Mongolia Mongolian cuisine includes salted horse meat sausages called Kay are produced as a regional delicacy by the Kazakhs. Generally, Mongols prefer beef and mutton (though during the freezing Mongolian winter, some people prefer horse meat due to its low cholesterol).

It is kept unfrozen, and traditionally people think horse meat helps warm them up. Other Asian nations import processed horse meat from Mongolia.

Philippines In the Philippines, horse meat (Luka, taping kayo, or kayo) is a delicacy commonly sold in wet markets. It is prepared by marinating the meat in lemon juice, soy sauce or fish sauce, then fried and served with vinegar for dipping.

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South Korea Korean Magog- yuk hoe (horse meat tartar)In Tonga, horse meat or lo'i ho'OSI is much more than just a delicacy; the consumption of horse meat is generally only reserved for special occasions. These special occasions may include the death of an important family member or community member or as a form of celebration during the birthday of an important family member or perhaps the visitation of someone important, such as the king of Tonga.

In Tonga, a horse is one of the most valuable animals a family can own because of its use as a beast of burden. Tonga has long lacked land area compared with its population, so the missionaries introduced horse meat in lieu of cattle.

Despite a diaspora into Western countries such as Australia and New Zealand, where consumption of horse meat is generally taboo, Tongans still practice the consumption of horse meat perhaps even more so because it is more readily available and more affordable. A horse meat steak served at restaurant Oklahoma, Santa, Finland Austria Horse Leverage is available in special horse butcheries and occasionally at various stands, sold in a bread roll.

Dumplings can also be prepared with horse meat, spinach, or Tyrolean Graduate (a sour milk cheese). Such dumplings are occasionally eaten on their own, in a soup, or as a side dish.

Belgium In Belgium, horse meat (paardenvlees in Dutch and viands Chevalier in French) is popular in a number of preparations. Lean, smoked, and sliced horse meat fillet (paardenrookvlees or paardengerookt ; filet Chevalier in French) is served as a cold cut with sandwiches or as part of a cold salad.

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Horse steaks can be found in most butchers and are used in a variety of preparations. The city of Vilvoorde has a few restaurants specializing in dishes prepared with horse meat.

Horse sausage is a well-known local specialty in Learn and Dendermonde with European recognition. Smoked or dried horse/pork meat sausage, similar to salami, is sold in a square shape to be distinguished from pork and/or beef sausages.

A Flemish Region around the Repel River is also famous for a horse stew named schlep, made out of shoulder chuck (or similar cuts), brown ale, onions, and mustard. Schlep is typically served with fries, mayonnaise, and a salad of raw Belgian endive.

Finland Horse meat is available in butcher shops and shops specializing in meats but it can sometimes be found in supermarkets, especially in ground form. The most common way to eat horse meat is in a sausage form, especially in the “meetwursti” (“ Bratwurst “); a cured and smoked sausage which often contains pig, cow and horse meat.

Finns consume around 400g of horse meat per person, per year and the country produces round 300-400 thousand tons of meat per year, while importing around 1,5 million kilograms per year from countries like Canada, Mexico or Argentine. Using meat from a horse that has been treated with non-horse medicine or hasn't been inspected by a veterinarian is outright banned.

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A butcher shop specializing in horse meat in Pesetas, Languid, France In France, specialized butcher shops (butcheries Chevalier) sell horse meat, as ordinary butcher shops were for a long time forbidden to deal in it. Germany Although no taboo comparable to that in the English-speaking world exists, German law used to proscribe that horse meat be sold only by specialized butchers (Pferdemetzgereien).

This proscription was abolished in 1993, but only a small minority of ordinary butchers have since begun to sell horse meat. As of 2018 , most horse meat was still sold by the specialists, some of whom also delivered by mail order.

Many regions of Germany have traditional recipes that include horse meat. In the Rhineland around Cologne and Düsseldorf, restaurants often offer the traditional Sauerbraten in horse meat, typically with a beef variant to choose from.

Other traditional horse meat dishes include the Swabian Pferderostbraten (a joint of roast meat prepared similarly to roast beef), Bavarian sausage varieties such as Ross wurst and Ross-Kochsalami as well as Ross-Leberkäse, a meatloaf dish. The 2013 meat adulteration scandal started when German authorities detected horse meat in prepared food products including frozen lasagna, where it was declared fraudulently as beef.

The mislabeling prompted EU authorities to speed up publication of European Commission recommendations for labeling the origin of all processed meat. Iceland In Iceland, horse meat is both eaten minced and as steak, also used in stews and fondue, prized for its strong flavor.

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The people of Iceland supposedly were reluctant to embrace Christianity for some time largely over the issue of giving up horse meat after Pope Gregory III banned horse meat consumption in 732 AD, as it was a major part of many pagan rites and sacrifice in Northern Europe. Horse meat consumption was banned when the pagan Norse Icelanders eventually adopted Christianity in 1000 AD/ Common Era.

The ban became so ingrained that most people would not handle horse meat, let alone consume it. Even during harsh famines in the 18th century, most people would not eat horse meat, and those who did were castigated.

In 1757, the ban was decriminalized, but general distaste for horse meat lasted well into the 19th century, possibly longer, and its consumption often regarded as an indication of poverty. Even today horse meat is not popular (3.2% of Iceland’s meat production in 2015), although this has more to do with culinary tradition and the popularity of equestrianism than any religious vestiges.

Horse meat is used in a variety of recipes: as a stew called pastissada (typical of Verona), served as steaks, as carpaccio, or made into Bristol. Thin strips of horse meat called flaccid are popular.

Horse fat is used in recipes such as Vanzetti DI cavalry. Horse meat sausages and salamis are traditional in various places.

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Donkey is also cooked, for example as a stew called staccato d'amino and as meat for sausages e.g. mortadella d'amino. The cuisine of Parma features a horse meat tartar called pesto DI cavalry, as well as various cooked dishes.

In Vent, the consumption of horse meat dates back to at least 1000 BC/ BCE to the Adriatic Genetic, renowned for their horse-breeding skills. They were used to sacrificing horses to their goddess Ratio or to the mythical hero Diomedes.

Throughout the classical period, Vent established itself as a center for horse breeding in Italy; Venetian horses were provided for the cavalry and carriage of the Roman legions, with the white Genetic horses becoming famous among Greeks and Romans as one of the best breeds for circus racing. As well as breeding horses for military and farming applications, the Genetics also used them for consumption throughout the Roman period, a practice that established the consumption of horse meat as a tradition in Venetian cuisine.

In the modern age, horse meat is considered a luxury item and is widely available through supermarkets and butcheries, with some specialized butcheries offering only selected cuts of equine meat. Prices are usually higher than beef, pork, or any other kind of meat, except game.

Typical Pagan specialty: horse flaccid, smoked and salt-cured “frayed threads” of meat In the Province of Paul, horse meat is a key element of the local cuisine, particularly in the area that extends southeast from the city, historically called Sacrifice. Specialties based on horse meat constitute the main courses and best attractions of several typical restaurants in the zone.

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They are also served among other regional delicacies at the food stands of many local festivals, related to civil and religious anniversaries. Most notable is the Fest del Cavalry, held annually in the small town of Leonard and totally dedicated to horses, included their consumption for food.

According to British food writer Matthew Fort, “The taste for donkey and horse goes back to the days when these animals were part of everyday agricultural life. In the frugal, unsentimental manner of agricultural communities, all the animals were looked on as a source of protein.

In Malta, horse meat (Maltese : LATAM ta-iemel) is seared and slowly cooked for hours in either tomato or red wine sauce. A few horse meat shops still exist and it is still served in some restaurants.

Zuurvlees, a southern Dutch stew, is made with horse meat as main ingredient. Horse meat is also used in sausages (paardenworst and Afrikaner), fried fast food snacks and ready-to-eat soups.

When Norwegians adopted Christianity, horse eating became taboo as it was a religious act for pagans, thus it was considered a sign of heresy. Older horses are often exported on the hoof to Italy to be slaughtered.

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Horses in Poland are treated mostly as companions, and the majority of Poles are against live export for slaughter. Poland has a tradition of eating horse meat (e.g., sausage or steak tartare).

Horse meat is generally available in Serbia, though mostly shunned in traditional cuisine. It is, however, often recommended by general practitioners to persons who suffer from anemia.

It is available to buy at three green markets in Belgrade, a market in Is, and in several cities in ethnically mixed Vojvodina, where Hungarian and previously German traditions brought the usage. Slovenia A horse meat hamburger in restaurant Hot' Horse, Ljubljana, Slovenia : Horse meat is a national delicacy in Slovenia. Horse meat is generally available in Slovenia, and is highly popular in the traditional cuisine, especially in the central region of Carnival and in the Kart region.

Colt steak (žrebikov Greek) is also highly popular, especially in Slovenia's capital Ljubljana, where it is part of the city's traditional regional cuisine. In Ljubljana, many restaurants sell burgers and meat that contain large amounts of horse meat, including a fast- food chain called Hot' Horse.

Celina is a cured meat made from beef or horse, and is considered a delicacy. Horse meat is easily found in supermarkets, and usually prepared as a stew or as steak.

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A common practice is to serve horse meat to anemic children. Although no generalized taboo exists in Spain, consumption of horse meat is minor, compared to that of pork, beef, or lamb.

It tends to be very thinly sliced and fairly salty, slightly reminiscent of deli-style ham, and as a packaged meat, may list horse meat (as hastiest) as its primary ingredient. Several varieties of smoked sausage made from horse meat, including Gustafson, are also quite popular, especially in the province of Malaria, where they are produced.

Gustafson, similar to salami or met worst, may substitute for those meats in sandwiches. The laws on foodstuffs of animal origin in Switzerland explicitly list equines as an animal type allowed for the production of food.

Horse meat is also used for a range of sausages in the German-speaking north of Switzerland. As in northern Italy, in Switzerland's Italian-speaking south, local salami (sausages) may be made with horse meat.

Ukraine In Ukraine, especially in Crimea and other southern steppe regions, horse meat is consumed in the form of sausages called Mahan and Suzuki. These particular sausages are traditional food of the Crimean Tatar population.

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United Kingdom In the United Kingdom, the slaughter, preparation, and consumption of horses for food is not against the law, although it has been rare since the 1930s, and horse meat is not generally available. The sale of meat labelled as horse meat in UK supermarkets and butchers is minimal, and most actual horse meat consumed in the UK is imported from Europe, predominantly from the south of France, where it is more widely eaten.

Horse meat may be eaten without the knowledge of the consumer, due to accidental or fraudulent introduction of horse meat into human food. A 2003 Food Standards Agency investigation revealed that certain sausages, salami, and similar products such as chorizo and pastrami sometimes contained horse meat without it being listed, although listing is legally required.

Horse meat was featured in a segment of a 2007 episode of the Gordon Ramsay series The F Word. In the segment, Janet Street-Porter convinced locals to try horse meat, though not before facing controversy and being forced to move her stand to a privately owned location.

The meat was presented as having a similar taste to beef, but with less fat, a high concentration of omega-3 fatty acids, and as a safer alternative in times of worry regarding bird flu and mad cow disease. The segment was met with skepticism from many viewers after broadcast for various reasons, either because some felt the practice was cruel and against social norms, or simply a belief that if the taste was really on par with other meats, then people would already be eating it.

Their Twitter account my Brittle Pony, states that they are “Determined to make horse a stable part of the British diet. Horse meat is also for sale at the other end of the country, in Granville Island Market in downtown Vancouver, where according to a Time reviewer who smuggled it into the United States, it turned out to be a “sweet, rich, super lean, oddly soft meat, closer to beef than venison”.

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Aside from the heritage of French cuisine at one end of the country, most of Canada shares the horse meat taboo with the rest of the English-speaking world. This mentality is especially evident in Alberta, where strong horse racing and breeding industries and cultures have existed since the province's founding, although large numbers of horses are slaughtered for meat in Fort MacLeod, and certain butchers in Calgary do sell it.

In 2013, the consumer protection show Kassensturz of Swiss television SRF reported the poor animal conditions at Bounty Exports, a Canadian horse meat farm in Fort MacLeod, Alberta. Micros, the primary importer of horse meat into Switzerland, started working with Bounty to improve their animal welfare, but in 2015 Micros cut ties with Bounty because though improvements had been made, they hadn't improved sufficiently.

Micros had “set itself the ambitious goal of bringing all suppliers abroad up to the strict Swiss standards by 2020.” CBC News reported on March 10, 2013, that horse meat was also popular among some segments of Toronto's population.

It holds a taboo in American culture very similar to the one found in the United Kingdom. All horse meat produced in the United States since the 1960s (until the last quarter of 2007) was intended solely for export abroad, primarily to the European Union.

However, a thriving horse exportation business is going on in several states, including Texas, primarily exporting horses to slaughterhouses in either Canada or Mexico. Restriction of human consumption of horse meat in the U.S. has generally involved legislation at local, state, and federal levels.

California Proposition 6 (1998) was passed by state voters, outlawing the possession, transfer, reception, or holding any horse, pony, burro, or mule by a person who is aware that it will be used for human consumption, and making the slaughter of horses or the sale of horse meat for human consumption a misdemeanor offense. In 2007, the Illinois General Assembly enacted Public Act 95-02, amending Chapter 225, Section 635 of the state's compiled statutes to prohibit both the act of slaughtering equines for human consumption and the trade of any horse meat similarly to Texas Agriculture Code's Chapter 149.

In addition, several other states introduced legislation to outlaw the practice over the years, such as Florida, Massachusetts, New Mexico, and New York. At the federal level, since 2001, several bills have been regularly introduced in both the House and Senate to ban horse slaughter throughout the country without success.

However, a budgetary provision banning the use of federal funds to carry out mandatory inspections at horse slaughter plants (necessary to allow interstate sale and exports of horse meat) has also been in place since 2007. This restriction was temporarily removed in 2011 as part of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2012 but was again included in the FY2014 Agriculture Appropriations Act and subsequent federal budgets, hence preventing the operation of any domestic horse slaughter operation.

Until 2007, only three horse meat slaughterhouses still existed in the United States for export to foreign markets, but they were closed by court orders resulting from the upholding of aforementioned Illinois and Texas statutes banning horse slaughter and the sale of horse meat. The taboo surrounding horse meat in the United States received national attention again in May 2017 when a restaurant in the Lawrenceville section of Pittsburgh served a dish containing horse tartar as part of a special event the restaurant was hosting with French Canadian chefs as guests.

A Change.org petition subsequently went up to advocate making serving horse meat illegal in Pennsylvania. From the 1920s and through the 1950s or 1960s, and with a brief rationing hiccup during WWII, horse meat was canned and sold as dogwood by many companies under many brands, most notably by Ken-L Ration.

Also in Chile, horse meat became the main source of nutrition for the nomadic indigenous tribes, which promptly switched from a guano -based economy to a horse-based one after the horses brought by the Spaniards bred naturally and became feral. This applied specially to the Pampa and Apache nations, who became fierce horseman warriors.

Similar to the Tatars, they ate raw horse meat and milked their animals. It is generally less expensive than beef and somewhat associated with lower social strata.

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