23.2.08

They Eat Horses Don't They?

Some Horse Things I Picked Up from the Net

1. The French, Italians, Swiss, Japanese and Canadian are horse meat gourmets.

2. Around 65,000 to 100,000 horses are slaughtered in the United States for export. Where? Naturally to Europe, Japan Quebec.

3. Horsemeat is tuoted to be of superiour, both lean and fine textured as well as protein-rich. But at the same time it is tough that needs tenderizing by way of marinades.

4. It is said that horses are immune to Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (afflicting cows). Precisely, a good substitute for beef whenever there is mad cow scare.

5. Horse meat is sold as minced meat, steaks, sausages, and brochettes.

6. Horse meat is healthy: 175 calories, 29 grams of protein, 68 milligrams cholesterol per 3-ounce portion. The same cut of sirloin weighs in at 210 calories, 24 grams of protein, 75 milligrams of cholesterol. The horse’s meat possess glycogen content that is four times that of milk. It is popular with people suffering from osteoporosis it is said to increase bone density.

7. Americans are not known to be horsemeat eaters as attested by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service.

8. “Once there were as many as 15 plants, killing 350,000 horses a year, mostly for consumption abroad. Although there was never a federal law banning horse slaughter or the sale of horse meat, public sentiment against the killing of horses helped drive the industry under”.

9. “Aged or infirm horses, abandoned camp horses or the last-place-finishers at racetracks are the victims of horsemeat slaughter”.

Why some people eat horses. Find some of the answers here.

AND... find out more about the status of American legislation concerned with banning the slaughter and export of horses here and here.

I must admit though that I once, just once, back when I was 11 years old, ate horse meat. It was brought from the province by our vacationing relatives.

I found the taste exquisite (as I can term in today) but back then I thought it was tasty but tough. I didn't even know it was horse meat till my mother said so. But never as in never shall that happen again!

Mea Maxima Culpa!