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  •  There's nothing wrong with eating horse, (1+ / 0-)
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    Ahianne

    at least from a health point of view, or an ethical point of view. A cow and a horse are pretty similar animals. The difference is in how we perceive certain animals. Horses have a privileged position in the minds of most people, unlike cows. It's a cultural thing.

    For if there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life. - Albert Camus

    by Anne Elk on Fri Feb 01, 2013 at 01:43:42 PM PST

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    •  when humans started (2+ / 0-)
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      to break horses to ride/haul, they stopped eating them to the same degree because they were more valuable as transportation.   On the other hand,  there are certain strains of draft horses developped that were predominantly bred for meat in Europe in the old days.

    •  Horses that are not bred for meat are full of (1+ / 0-)
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      drugs that can harm people.

      “liberals are the people who think that cruelty is the worst thing that we do” --Richard Rorty Also, I moved from NYC, so my username is inaccurate.

      by jeff in nyc on Fri Feb 01, 2013 at 02:08:01 PM PST

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      •  So are cows if they are not grass-fed. (1+ / 0-)
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        For if there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life. - Albert Camus

        by Anne Elk on Fri Feb 01, 2013 at 02:12:32 PM PST

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        •  Yes and no--the horses are given drugs (1+ / 0-)
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          skohayes

          that are not allowed for cows destined for meat. This is especially true in the US, I think.

          “liberals are the people who think that cruelty is the worst thing that we do” --Richard Rorty Also, I moved from NYC, so my username is inaccurate.

          by jeff in nyc on Fri Feb 01, 2013 at 02:23:02 PM PST

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        •  Not true (1+ / 0-)
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          You have to stop the use of all drugs in any meat animals from days to weeks to months before slaughter, depending on the drug.
          Organic beef or organic grass fed beef is never treated with drugs.

          “We are not a nation that says ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ We are a nation that says ‘out of many, we are one.’” -Barack Obama

          by skohayes on Fri Feb 01, 2013 at 03:45:57 PM PST

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