Every year over 100,000 American horses are transported to Canada and Mexico to be slaughtered and their meat shipped to Europe for human consumption. Horse meat is considered a delicacy in Europe costing around $20. per pound.
The horses from America (Canada & Mexico) that are slaughtered for food are race horses, show horses, trail horses, companions and pets. Horse meat in America is considered taboo. Horses are mostly considered pets in America thus the taboo for eating its meat.
For decades Americans have tried to pass laws prohibiting the slaughter of horses for human consumption because of the extreme cruelty to the horse. However there is more involved than just the cruelty to the horse, now more are focusing on the cruelty to the people that eat it.
There are reasons you might consider selling meat from race horses, show horses and pets as cruelty to the humans that eat it. This is because most everyone in the horse meat industry is well aware of the fact that the horses being slaughtered have unknown histories. Most of the horses purchased for slaughter are sold at public auctions to the highest bidder. There is now a document for Canada and Mexico that requires owners to disclose medications that are banned for horses intended for food. But this does not mean that all of the information will be accurate. The typical American horse owner does not view their horse as a food animal.
Even though Canada and Mexico implemented policy to comply with the European Union requirements, there is contention that the policy is doing little or nothing to insure the horses that are being slaughtered today are not contaminated with prohibited drugs.
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