Would you be willing to eat horse meat?
June 22nd, 2010
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On June 17th, Congress convened to vote on H.R. 1018, the Restore Our Mustangs Act, which expands the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971 and prohibits the processing of wild horses or burros for slaughter.

The bill passed, but advocates against it claim that this wild horsemeat could be a viable source of sustenance for hungry people across the nation.

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  1. DMD

    To feed third world countries? Take all the grain, the water and land to produce the grains included, and give that to those who are dying from starvation....instead of feeding it to animals that kill you because you eat them.

    May 17, 2011 at 12:04 am |
    • Elora

      I think that way, too! It takes a lot of grain and water to feed the animals we eat, but instead of giving all the grain and water to them and starving a lot of humans, give it to the people! I mean, not starve the animals, but don't waste the food when most Americans eat just some muscle and greens. Give some to the homeless people out there!

      November 30, 2011 at 6:06 pm |
  2. jack

    Third world animals eat horse meat.

    May 16, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
    • Julie

      They also eat dogs and cats and bugs (which the latter is also now on the American menu). I would give up eating any and all meat if it would stop this practice of killing horses for meat. :(

      November 30, 2011 at 6:10 pm |
      • Thatoneguy

        Why is eating cat or dog meat bad? We eat pigs, cows, fish, etc without a problem, so what makes a dog, cat or horse any different?

        December 1, 2011 at 10:26 am |
  3. Robin Bush

    YA WHY DONT THEY JUST SLAUGHTER MEN WOMAN AND CHILDREN AND EAT THEM! It is animal cruelty and disgusting. We can surive living by NOT eating horses and dogs and cats. That is so gross. An id rather see they kidnapping people and eating them for dinner.... what a nice concept. Humans are SCUM and evil. Anyone want to come eat my animals and they will be digging their grave......

    May 16, 2011 at 4:13 pm |
    • Mr.Louis

      Hey look!! A psycho!!!

      October 13, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
      • Lmr

        physco?? I believe you are the physco. I back them up 100% percent

        December 1, 2011 at 12:13 am |
    • Shaun

      So Closed minded Robin, time to venture outside of your bubble maybe?

      February 8, 2013 at 5:11 am |
      • RobbinLara

        Close minded because she opposes something that other countries do? How convenient for you to say. It reads to me like she has a personal conviction against it and what is next...how about we start hacking up the unwanted dogs and cats at the shelters and serve them up on the grill because we are so stupid as humans we MUST kill it ALL. Greed is at the bottom of this and that is that. Love for the ever powerful dollar and ways to generate a not needed market.

        February 9, 2013 at 11:52 am |
  4. Mike

    This country doesn't have eneough meat products to fill thier face with ? We have to resort to rounding up wild and beautiful mustangs and eat them too ?? What a joke.

    January 9, 2011 at 12:31 pm |
  5. Randy

    I know I would never eat horse meat then with that being said why do I or others feel ok by butchering cattle or chickens these animals have feelings as well. I feel I shouldn't but I still find myself eating both foul and beef. I'm not saying it's alright to eat other livestock but just feel we should think about the other meats we would eat and ask ourselves why.

    January 9, 2011 at 12:22 pm |
  6. Deb Dwelly

    Eat horse meat..Not Me.. Do you know how many chemicals are admistered to horses? Lots... I have many horses and have had them all my life.. I have administered all kinds of chemicals over the years.. De wormers, Vaccines, Butte, Pain killers, antiobiotics, fly spray, ingestable fly repelent, all kinds of stuff that is not good for humans to ingest. so you want us to eat horse meat that could be tanted with all this crap?.. NOT ME.. Besides, the way horses are killed by our slaughtering process.It is horrid and inhumane.. and I don't want to be a part of that.. The beef I eat is farm killed. it is shot once and it's dead.. no suffering... and I know what that steer has eaten all it's life..

    January 6, 2011 at 5:58 pm |
  7. pete

    I remember when I was a kid you could buy horse meat at the supermarket.

    January 5, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
  8. jenninine

    noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo..............never eat horse meat you i hatee you if you would let any one eat dog cat horse rat coyote any animal exep cows chickens and pork!!!

    September 12, 2010 at 5:51 pm |
  9. Ellis

    Horses are for ridin', not eatin'

    July 22, 2010 at 9:34 pm |
    • Mr.Louis

      You can eat what you ride... your poor wife...

      October 13, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
  10. Carla Bowers

    To clarify if it hasn't been done already, HR 1018 passed the House July 17, 2009, not 2010. Somebody is hanging it up in the Senate Subcommittee on Public Lands & Forests. Americans need to scream about this to those members: Wyden (OR), Johnson (SD), Landrieu (LA), Cantwell (WA), Menendez (NJ), Lincoln (AR), Udall (CO), Shaheen (NH), Bingaman (NM), Murkowski (AK), Barrasso (WY), Risch (ID), McCain (AZ), Bennett (UT), Sessions (AL), Corker (TN).

    The ROAM Act needs improvement; it should not be passed as is; we have improvements written up. It is unconscionable that the Senate has been sitting on this bill for a year & they probably will use the excuse that it's an election year, so they won't have time to address it. That means we have to start all over in Jan 2011 with the new 112th Congress. We must gear up for this.

    I am volunteering to put together a confidential national/statewide database of wild horse advocates/supporters for better communications with one another & organization. Please email your name, organization affiliation (if any), email address, & city/state to:

    wildhorseaction@yahoo.com

    I'm an avid wild horse & burro advocate in CA.

    Remember, our American culture & values in this day & age DO NOT support eating horsemeat. Therefore, we should not allow the butchering of America’s horses either on or off of our soils. If other countries choose to eat horsemeat, let them raise their own & butcher them there.

    For the wild ones, Carla B

    July 11, 2010 at 1:26 pm |
  11. BILLY LACY

    OK,MY TURN,YOU HEARD FROM MY DAUGHTER NOW ME,NOT ALL OF THESE SO CALLED WILD HORSES ARE MUSTANGS,A MUSTANG OR PROPERLY CALLED SPANISH BARB MUSTANG IS A DIFFERENT BREED ALL TOGETHER,MOST OF THE WILD HORSES OUT THERE TODAY ARE U.S. CALVARY REMOUNTS I WONDER WHAT THE GOV.DID WITH ALL THE HORSES AND MULES THAT THEY GOT RID OF WHEN THEY ELEMINATED THE CALVARY AND MULE TEAMS ??.OK I WAS AROUND FOR HORSE ROUND UPS BACK N THE 1960S WHEN IT WAS ALL PRIVATE.WE WOULD CULL OUT THE SICK AND CRIPPLED AND WORK WITH THE REST FOR PUBLIC SALE,THE CULLS WENT FOR DOG FOOD BECAUSE NO ONE WAS AROUND TO DOCTOR THIER SICKNESS OR PATCH UP THIER INJURIES.NOW FOR THE FUN PART,WHEN THE GOV. TOOK OVER ROUNDING UP THE HORSES IS COST TAX PAYERS(YOU AND ME) AND NOW DAYS IT'S ABOUT $115.00 PER HEAD BEFORE ADOPTION,THAT IS COSTING THE TAX PAYERS TO ROUND UP THESE HORSES AND MULES,AND THEY USE HELICOPTERS TO CATHER THEM .HORSES ARE ANIMALS NOT PETS .MYSELF I WONDER WHY YOU WORRY MORE ABOUT HORSES THEN YOU DO THE CHILDREN OF THIS COUNTRY,IF YOU CHECK YOU WILL FIND OUT THAT HORSE MEAT WAS USED TO FEED ALOT OF PEOPLEIN THE U.S. AND ALOT OF INSTITUTIONS IN THE U.S..I FIND IT HARD TO BELIVE THAT INTELLIGENT PEOPLE PUT ANIMALS OVER HUMANS ,BUT I GUESS THAT'S WHAT THIS COUNTRY GOING TO.WITH ALL THE SHIT THAT'S WRONG WITH THIS COUNTRY AND THE BEST YOU CAN DO IS COMPLAIN ABOUT HOW HORSES ARE TERATED,AND IT'S BEING DONE IN ANOTHER COUNTRY FAR FROM HERE.JUST THINK IN OTHER PARTS OF THE WORLD DOG AND CAT MEAT IS THE PREFFERED MEAT.AND JUST SO YOU KNOW "VEGETARIAN" IS AN INDIAN WORD WICH MEANS"ONE THAT CANNOT FEED HIS FAMILY" CUS HE'S A LOWSEY HUNTER !!IF I CAN BE OF ANY OTHER ASSISTNCE PLEASE LET ME KNOW.BILLY

    July 7, 2010 at 9:15 pm |
    • Fran

      BILLY LACY? Aren't humans animals as well? Look what people are doing to their children, its on the news all the time.

      Yes, humans are animals. The human's phylum is Chordata (vertebrate). The human's class is mammalia. It's order is primate (the same as apes). It's family is Hominidae (apes that have no tail and can gather food with their hands.) The Human's sub-family is Homininae. It's tribe is Hominini. It's genus is Homo and it's specie is scientifically named Homo Sapiens.

      November 30, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
  12. JC

    Our tax dollars will pay for the illnesses of the foreign citizens in our country who obtain horse meat illegally and continue to eat it while living on American soil.

    Foreign countries are wising up to the dangers and heath risks involved in eating tainted meat and the demand is being overcome by sensibility and laws concerning the sale of horse meat to the foreign market.

    Ask Jane... she will tell you! Get a life! Eat an eggplant!

    Do we really need a poll about eating our companion animals? Those beautiful creatures who have helped build this country and helped fight our wars and are our athletes and our friends, and who were once extinct thanks to mankind's animalistic nature and are now supposed to protected by law?

    What ARE we thinking! Next thing, we will be taking a poll whether we should massacre dolphins and eat them!

    June 29, 2010 at 7:28 pm |
  13. Lisa Norman

    Horses are not raised for food, their flesh contains carcinogens that will kill you. Europeans are just finding this out and next month all US horses will be banned from their food chain. Also, thanks to undercover videos from 3 countries the dirty secret of butchering horses alive is now out.

    June 29, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
    • Late Hotel Deals

      I could not think you are more right.

      November 8, 2011 at 12:17 pm |
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      November 17, 2011 at 10:14 am |
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      November 23, 2011 at 1:49 am |
  14. Lisa Norman

    The R.O.A.M. Act did not pass it is languishing in the Senate while Salazar and the BLM committ genocide upon our treasured wild mustangs using taxpayer dollars and public lands for their own personal agendas like letting 7 million cattle destroy ranges and water sources on public lands designated principally for the mustangs by congress in 1971 and strip mining public lands and polluting water sources and killing wildlife including the native american mustang.

    June 29, 2010 at 6:10 pm |
  15. Lisa Lashaway

    The idea of eating a horse or a cat or dog is REPUGNANT to me! We need to stop horse slaughter in the US -it's illegal to eat horse meat in the US so why do we allow our US horses to be shipped to Mexico and Canada and die a horribly painful death so that a few europeans can eat them!!?? STOP HORSE SLAUGHTER, and anyone who wants to eat horse meat that's your decision, but please think about it...would you want to eat your cats or dogs...then the same for horses, they are NOT raised to be slaughtered like most cows. And that's a whole other story...

    June 29, 2010 at 4:18 pm |
    • Mr.Louis

      We slaughter horses very humanely up here... I don't know about Mexico. U.S. horses, I think patriotism has reached a new height.

      October 13, 2011 at 4:46 pm |
  16. Patricia Austin-Puccio

    Pro-Slaughter agenda, move on. No more wild mustang roundups, no horse slaughter for human consumption or otherwise, no shipping over boarders for profit slaughter. LEAVE OUR WILD AND DOMESTIC HORSES ALONE, ENOUGH! No matter how you want to package it, slaughter is cruel, depraved and a display of the lowest aspects of human nature.

    June 29, 2010 at 12:38 pm |
  17. Carissa

    by the way one more thing.. while you think about things solving problems and getting the horses killed for horse meat why don't we just come out and admit it.. It's only having to deal with Not having to have to pay out to having them helped. just slaughter then and get it over with huh? that's the answer for all solutions isn't it.. kill everything and let it all die taking out symbolization of freedom away .. while your at it.. take the statue of liberty down while your at it see where it gets us.. NO WHERE!

    June 29, 2010 at 11:55 am |
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