5@5 – Andrew Zimmern's five foods that can change the world
March 19th, 2012
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5@5 is a daily, food-related list from chefs, writers, political pundits, musicians, actors, and all manner of opinionated people from around the globe.

When Andrew Zimmern tells us we ought to try a particular food, we screw up our courage and do it. His travels as host of "Bizarre Foods" take him to some far-out places and sometimes challenging cuisine, which he always tackles with an open mind, and a wide-open mouth.

Zimmern has seen it all, eaten most of it, and believes that with slight adaptation of the American palate, we can change the world. As he says, "You can change the world one plate at a time. If we can take better advantage of the global pantry and eat from a wider variety of choices we would do more to combat food poverty, our damaged food production system, obesity and other systemic health and wellness issues than any one single act I can imagine. Here are some suggestions, but be creative. It works."

Five Foods That Can Change the World: Andrew Zimmern

1. Donkey
"This is one of my favorite lean healthy meats, popular all around the world. Goat in America is like soccer; we know the rest of the world loves it but we just don’t get it. But there is goat available, and like soccer, it's growing every year. Donkey is ideally suited for pasturing in America, the muscles can be portioned larger (we love those big steaks!) and the breeds that are most suited for eating pleasure are small and won't make Americans squeamish like horse does - another animal we should be eating by the way.

Really, any alternative hoofed protein source would be beneficial for the economy and our physical health. Venison, kudu, elk, buffalo - it's all out there waiting to get us off our addiction to feedlot beef and commodity-raised pig. Heck, I will throw rabbit in there as well, even though they have paws and not hooves."

2. Little fish
"Try lionfish, dogfish, mackerel, sardines and any other small head-on fish, or an invasive species that is eating small fry stock in our coastal waters. Passion for tuna, salmon and shrimp is killing those fisheries, driving extinction and creating an unfair balance with foreign imports, even undercutting prices on American production in the case of the shrimp.

Little fish with heads on are loaded with omega-3 fatty acids. Sardines and mackerel are some of the healthiest foods we can eat and contain almost 2000 milligrams of omega-3 per three-ounce portion. They don’t have lots of toxins like bigger fish. They are sustainable and quick to reproduce. This is one single act that anyone on a coast, lake, river system or pond can put into play today."

3. Your own vegetables
"Or at very least sponsor someone else’s: think community gardens and CSAs. America's food system is in crisis and part of the problem is that the vast majority of vegetables are provided to us come from a handful of oversized companies. It's very un-American to concentrate so much power over the many into the hands of the few. And it's unhealthy and dangerous. The model of a few generations ago, where food production was less mechanized and more regional, made for a healthier way of doing business and was more economically and culturally sustainable as well.

If everyone grew what they could, supported urban farms and community gardens in cities and local CSAs, the pressure relief on our overtaxed system would be immense. The resulting dollar shift would be staggering and deliver a positive shot in the arm to local economies. Our food would also be safer. Small action here can yield tremendous impact, immediately."

4. Game birds
"Factory chicken farms are one of the more dangerously damaged parts of our food system in America. Disease is rampant, foodborne pathogen damage is widely felt every time there is a tremor of release into our system because the chicken companies are so massive. The meat isn’t healthy for you and tastes like cardboard. Do a test, go down to your farmers market and but some real chickens and real eggs and do a taste test.

The best way to fight flavor fatigue in your home and spread out our dining dollars is also the best way to force a return to a more healthy manner of poultry raising: just eat less of it. Adding a few meals a month from well-sourced poultry protein like duck, squab, goose, turkey, pheasant or guinea hen will not only thrill your taste buds, but ultimately create a more wallet-friendly food world as well. More sources equals more competition and supporting local poultry farms that do it the right way is better for our national system as well."

5. Offal
"Do the math with me. Why throw away 25-40% of an animal's total body weight? The blood and organs of many animals can be used to wonderful effect. While I know spleen sandwiches aren’t for everyone, all it takes is one taste of sanguinacci (blood pudding) in Italy, boudin noir (blood sausage) in France, farmhouse head cheese in New Orleans, hog ponce in Southern Louisiana, kokoretsi in Greece or dinuguan (blood stew) and sisig (a spicy dish of pork jowls, ears and liver) in the Philippines to know that we are wasteful in the extreme when it comes to eating the animals that see our abbatoirs every day.

Look, I don’t expect everyone to go crazy for pig ears, but with all the news that the processed foods that contain all the ignored parts (commercial bologna, hot dogs, sausage) limit our life expectancy and cause increases in cancer and heart disease in direct proportion to consumption, I think it's time for us to wake up and smell the coffee.

The hearts of lambs and cows cook up better than commercial choice grade sirloin, and I challenge anyone to tell me differently. Tongue tastes better and has better mouth feel and cooks more consistently than any other muscle in the ‘pot roast’ comfort food category. Offal seems to be the sole province of ethnic eateries and swank gastropubs and I think it's high time we returned those ingredients to the dinner table of the American family."

Is there someone you'd like to see in the hot seat? Let us know in the comments below and if we agree, we'll do our best to chase 'em down.


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  2. Lainie Gentry

    Not only will I NEVER eat horse or donkey or mule or any other equine.... I will also NEVER watch mr zimmerns show again or anything on any network that produces his shows. Used to be a fan but now... not so much.

    April 28, 2013 at 9:15 pm |
    • Brenda

      Our dog grabed one of our guinea hens and it was instantly killed. It was his natural instinct. I told him to drop it and he did. I brought it home,cleaned it and put it in the crock pot. It was fantastic.

      August 20, 2014 at 7:42 pm |
  3. Janet Amundson

    I do not support this man's views at all. He shows great disrespect for animal life. There are alternative foods other than the animals he would have no trouble slaughtering.

    March 28, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
    • SkyDog

      He seems to have a lot of people who disagree with his treatment of animals on the Petition Site. Their comments are interesting and, if you love animals, upsetting:

      March 29, 2012 at 9:13 am |
  4. Skydog

    Here's a blog that better expresses this man's behavior toward animals. I'm dumbfounded anyone would think he's interested in "animal protection."
    This blog is by Dr. Richard A. Oppenlander. His words say it so well:
    "I am writing this in complete amazement, utter disbelief, and true embarrassment of how we as a society can place this person and his work in such high esteem for not merely perpetuating, but essentially sensationalizing the gruesome, medieval act of torturing, slaughtering, and eating creatures that, if they had a choice, would certainly run, fly, or swim in the other direction—away from this predator."
    That's just one bit of information about Andrew Zimmern and his "protection of animals" beliefs.

    March 27, 2012 at 8:57 am |
    • shawn l

      Give me a break. He eats animals just like the other 7 billion people on earth do. Asians treat animals completely differently than we do in the west. I find it hilarious that on one hand, people will cry out about protecting their culture, and then on the other hand cry out for their treatment of animals, that is part of their culture. I couldn't care less about them boiling octopus alive, they boil cats alive as well and shuck their fur off their still living bodies, that to me is far, far nastier.

      April 2, 2012 at 6:23 am |
  5. Skydog

    Other cultures may consume horses, but we as individuals or even as a culture don't have to follow other cultures. We can make up our own minds and hearts. That's not being close-minded, as some have suggested, but simply being firm in one's beliefs. Let's keep it that way.

    March 26, 2012 at 1:00 pm |
  6. Skydog

    We don't need yet another type of steak on our already over-filled plates, per this writer. Other cultures may consume horses, but we as individuals or even as a culture don't have to follow other cultures. We can make up our own minds and hearts. That's not being close-minded, as some have suggested, but simply being firm in one's beliefs. Let's keep it that way.

    March 26, 2012 at 1:00 pm |
    • Robert

      Agreed, everybody can make up their own minds. So lets not force our ways onto other people. If someone wants to eat a horse or donkey, and it's not doing any harm to the world, then why would anybody try to stop him/her. It's about being open-minded and accepting of people and customs that our different from ourselves and our own. That's something that A LOT of people on this forum could learn A LOT about from Andrew Zimmern. He's not speaking to people with specific moral qualms against this or that and telling those people to drop them or become like him. Anybody who knows anything about the guy knows he would never do that. He's just throwing suggestions out to every day Americans for ways in which they can broaden their horizons and their palette. And it's easy to see what the man stands for based on his suggestions like offal, wild game birds as opposed to the horrendous factory farmed chickens, small fish as opposed to many of the over-fished larger ones, and last but not least, growing your own garden. He stands for environmental and animal protection through and through. And anybody trying to paint a different picture of Zimmern just clearly doesn't get it.

      March 26, 2012 at 3:47 pm |
      • Skydog

        No one would ever associate Andrew Zimern with "animal protection." This is the man who has eaten the beating heart of a live fish, beating frogs' hearts, and bats (threatened species in many parts of the world.). Robert, I'm sorry, but if you research Andrew Zimern and animal protection, you find absolutely nothing about his work for the cause of animal protection. Far from it, it's more about his glutenous intake of animals, and their hunting and killing.

        March 27, 2012 at 8:50 am |
        • Skydog

          Robert, please see my posting above. Just one quick search on animal protection and Andrew Zimmern yielded that nugget of information.

          March 27, 2012 at 8:58 am |
        • Robert

          Umm, actually, to set you straight here, many people WOULD associate the man with animal protection. Just watch his show and you will probably understand. Or else, you could just, you know, take the article that this discussion is about, where every single one of his 5 suggestions is VERY much related to animal or environmental protection.

          And it's common practice around the whole world to kill sea invertebrates by just boiling them. So please try to be more culturally aware Skydog. I find your posts offensive to people around the world.

          March 27, 2012 at 10:31 am |
      • Skydog

        I think the proof is in his own actions ... from another animal protection/welfare site talking about Zimmern eating a guinea pig:
        "'It made me cry, though, and I have been in rescue for 17 years now and I’ve seen a lot',” said Judi Lainer from Metropolitan Guinea Pig Rescue. “'Mr. Zimmern obviously has no respect whatsoever for the animals he eats.'”
        "Is Zimmern educating viewers about these cultures by showcasing them in this way? This is debated. Guinea pig supporter Erika Walther commented, 'What Zimmern is doing however, is not educating. He is perpetuating the polarization of cultures by engaging in these 'bizarre” eating rituals in a flamboyant and arrogant manner rather than educating the US about these people and trying to encourage us to think about the reasons behind these cultures.'"
        “'Mr. Zimmern obviously has no respect whatsoever for the animals he eats.'”

        March 27, 2012 at 9:07 am |
        • Robert

          Erika Walther obviously has no respect for other cultures and the people that are a part of them. It would appear that you may not either Skydog.

          But anyways, back on topic. Skydog, do you disagree with Zimmern's suggestions and beliefs in the benefit to the world of getting off of the horrendous factory farmed animals, growing your own vegetables when you can, reducing waste of animals by eating more body parts (which would result in less being killed), and stopping the over-harvesting and over-fishing which as become abundant in the world and which is driving certain animals to extinction? It seems pretty CLEAR what Zimmern stands for with these suggestions. But you on the other hand Skydog, who would vehemently go against a person who stands for these ideals, I would certainly question what it is that you are really fighting for. Your accusations are pretty absurd when the proof against you is right in the article.

          March 27, 2012 at 10:41 am |
        • shawn l

          Educate yourself. Guinea pig was one of the first animals to EVER be domesticated for use as food. They became "pets" thousands of years later for privileged western kids.

          April 2, 2012 at 6:26 am |
      • SkyDog

        Oh, my goodness, Robert. You find my comments offensive? I'm sorry I presented you with research/information and that upset you. Neither am I culturally unaware, and I don't appreciate being told I'm "culturally unaware." I see from your previous postings that you immediately turn to some kind insulting commentary when people disagree with you. At this point, I find you offensive too, along with your slavish devotion to Andrew Zimmern.

        March 27, 2012 at 10:46 am |
        • Robert

          I didn't find your research insulting, I found your complete disregard for other cultures and customs and beliefs that differ from your own to be offensive. I found it offensive how you specifically try to portray people in ways that they openly disagree with, which is just plain deceitful.

          I challenge you to find any of my posts where I just randomly sling any insult or make any offensive statements to or about any group of people. Sure, you can go ahead and accuse me of it. But I'm positive that you can't back that up. You're treating me the same way that you treat Zimmern, and the same way which you are apparently treating other cultures. You don't understand, and so instead of trying to figure the truth out of anything, you throw wild accusations out that completely misrepresent the person or culture.

          I think my postings do pretty much say it all, as I am quite clear, straightforward, avoid distraction from my points with random insults, and I have been consistent. The same cannot be said for you. I'd love to hear your answer to my question, as it is quite confusing where you truly stand. You cover yourself in a veil of animal protection and the like, yet you so vehemently go against a leading man in "your" cause. It makes me question whether you really even truly believe in the protection and humane treatment of animals or not Skydog.

          March 27, 2012 at 11:57 am |
        • Robert

          I think it was pretty clear what I meant already, but to avoid confusion, since one of those sentences in my post could have taken 2 entirely different literary meanings, I would just like to clarify. I would have better worded it by saying that I avoid the distraction of random insults in my posts.

          March 27, 2012 at 12:01 pm |
      • SkyDog

        Robert, I hope to conclude this conversation ... you've taken it to the level of insults/commentary on me and I don't want to further dignify your games. I think your postings pretty much say it all and there's nothing much else to be said.

        March 27, 2012 at 10:47 am |
        • Move On ...

          Good Grief Charlie Brown. Either take the remedial reading class and understand what's being said or ....

          March 27, 2012 at 12:08 pm |
        • SkyDog

          Robert, you are well-versed in trying to turn the tables on others, using "hyperbole" (a favored word of yours) Additionally, when someone disagrees with you on this board, you bluster and become offended. Your posts have included such descriptive words and phrases toward others as "bigoted, lacking cultural awareness, delusional, hypocrite, and having tunnel vision." Let's not count "ridiculous and crazy." Let's not count "bigoted hypocrite," of course. Unfortunately, I've met people like you who become angry and indignant when others don't agree with them. There is no civil discourse with someone like you, or any who finds disagreement "offensive." I'm looking for civil discourse and I'm sorry this has taken a turn for the worst, but it has. I'm sorry if my disagreeing with you offended you or made you believe I'm ignorant about other cultures. I'm not sorry for me. I'm sorry for you, that you hide behind this facade of "if you don't play my way, I'll be mad." I wish you luck and applaud that you do seem somewhat interested, although confused, about animal protection issues. That's a start and I want to wish you well on your journey of learning. Take care and be well.

          March 27, 2012 at 1:23 pm |
        • Move On ...

          It's clear you don't know how to leave comments on these threads anymore than you know how to read. Good luck with your life. BTW, I'm not Robert.

          March 27, 2012 at 1:27 pm |
        • Robert

          I agree Move on...

          Skydog, I have not become offended by anyone on this forum because they disagreed with me. What I have done is express strong dis-appreciation with people who have posted hateful comments or posted lies or misused information in order to deceive others in order to push a cause, whether or not that cause was just (Because even if one is doing that to push a possibly just cause, like Karin seems to have been doing, using those kinds of tactics honestly do more harm to it than good in my opinion. I know I'm not the only one. Even devout horse lovers are likely to be absolutely appalled by Karin Hauenstein and what she does. Assuming they are level headed, fair, and adept at keeping their personal bias out of their initial impressions of things.)

          And I will fully admit that I have made some strong statements, but you will find that none of them was simply inflammatory. When I've used those words, they have always complied with the most objective definitions of the words. I believe when I used the phrase bigoted hypocrite or something of the like, it was in reference to a person who was touting for respect, but at the same time, condemning people to death just for being different. There's really no way around denying the truth that "bigoted hypocrite" was a quite objectively and truthfully accurate description of the person at the time. The rest of your quotes of words or phrases I have used have been in similar contexts.

          I have remained completely respectful to you Skydog, as I intend to, despite the fact that you continually make baseless and disrespectful accusations of me.

          Again, if you wish to continue, I'm quite curious what your answer to my question is. Note, I might not have much time to get back to you, as different aspects of my life call to me. But I will try to respond within a couple day's time.

          March 27, 2012 at 2:14 pm |
      • SkyDog

        Robert, let's part in peace, LOL. I think your heart is in the right place. These boards do get hot and I can get potty about things too. I disagreed with your beliefs about Karin the horse person, and how you handled her comments, but I'm not you. I have to remember that everyone won't respond as I would. In that, I did you a disservice and I apologize. I also prefer a really non-confrontational approach, although it may not seem like it today. But I think the subject matter is just too touchy and we could all just go around and around forever. Each of us, me included, needs to continue to learn and do our research. You resolve to keep an open mind and I will too. I think we're both getting annoyed and I'd rather just stop now before we say poopier things. How 'bout that? Let's part in peace and wish each other well. I probably won't post again due to time constraints (and that will make others happy, I'm sure, LOL), but I do wish you well and I'll take your words and thoughts to heart as I continue to mull over these topics.

        March 27, 2012 at 2:41 pm |
        • Robert

          Thank you for the respectful post and the probably much-needed cool-down. I'm glad to hear that one way or another, you are and will continue to critically think about the topics. I really honestly was curious about your answer to my question, but it's not particularly important, and if you come back just to read my response, but wish to stop now and choose not to further respond, I'll respect that and not badger you any further for an answer. In any case, I wish you well too Skydog! :)

          March 27, 2012 at 6:26 pm |
      • SkyDog

        Thanks, Robert, for your kind response. I'll real quick post - yes, I do agree that we should, if we eat meat, choose small-farm, rather than factory farmed animals. I do agree with that section of his article. However, he doesn't mention the cruelty of factory-farmed meat or compassion as a reason not to choose them. He may indeed feel that way, but he doesn't mention it. I've not seen him exactly rallying for the cause of animal welfare (considering his behavior on his show and gluttonous consumption of all things living, LOL), but the end result of doing what he says - choosing farm markets, etc. means we don't patronize factory farms. I'm fine with people eating all body parts if they choose to eat meat. I'm against cultures or anyone who kills an animal simply for one body part that might be considered a delicacy. (I'm not saying he condones that.) I hope that helps answer your question. I still don't see Andrew Zimmern as a champion of animal rights, but in the sense that he's trying to steer us away from factory farms, one could argue that indirectly, he is, in this case, moving the cause of animal rights forward. But only on this case :). Hope that helps. Take care.

        March 28, 2012 at 9:21 am |
    • SkyDog

      Move On, I don't think Robert would be offensive enough to assume other names and attack that way, but you sure sound like another poster called Practically Raving, who also loves to use "remedial reading" as part of her/his insults. Or maybe ... "great minds" think alike! So to speak (giggle).

      March 27, 2012 at 1:58 pm |
  7. Iforgetmyname

    I wonder why this writer assumes we'd be any crazier about eating donkey than horse? Most Americans just don't consider equines as food animals. Additionally, one thing we obese Americans (and I include myself in that assessment, LOL) don't need is even more food on our plate. And he even mentions how donkey muscles can be proportioned larger for a larger steak? Ugh. He comes across like a greedy over-eater, careless of what he hurts/maims/kills to satisfy his over-sized appetite.

    March 26, 2012 at 9:39 am |
  8. SixDegrees

    Yummy, yummy, yummy! I've got horse in my tummy!

    Posting from Canada today, where horse is on the menu all over the place. My favorite so far: a combo of duck leg confit served with a horse tenderloin filet, called the 'Quack and Track'. Heavenly.

    March 24, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
    • Lets hope

      Please consider staying there.

      March 26, 2012 at 8:53 am |
    • Lets hop

      SixDegrees, so proud of you that you've learned to cut and paste, since your comment also appears below. We get that you're in Canada, thanks, really.

      March 26, 2012 at 9:41 am |
    • Shark

      Please, don't reproduce

      January 19, 2014 at 2:37 pm |
  9. RubyNelson

    well I can honestly say after reading all of this, I am going to stop eating all meat products what-so-ever.. I think a good solution to the mass murdering of all animals in the U.S. would be everyone get a gun license, and wander out in the woods and hunt and kill their own food, one animal at a time, eat it, use it's fur for warm, use everything, like they did wayyyyyy back before there were time clocks and calenders... no one ever died from eating deer that were killed by a bullet, why would killing any other animal one by one off a free range land where it lived a happy life doing all it wanted, eating green grass under the sun and shade, wandering free, playing with it's own kind, killed in an instant, no fear, no machines, no blood stained floors, or torture devices, the world can't be perfect all the time, but it could be better

    March 24, 2012 at 2:08 am |
    • Robert

      You do realize that with the current world population, by not breeding animals for the purpose of consumption and instead just going out and hunting the animals, practically everything would probably be extinct right now right? At the very least, animals like cows, goats, sheep, pigs, horses, and chickens would probably all be extinct. So unless you want species after species around the world to all go extinct, or else billions of people of the world to die of starvation, I'm pretty sure the current practices are much better and more sustainable than your alternative.

      I'm glad to hear that you're thinking critically of how things are. It's important for people to do that, or else positive change would never happen. But your rather extreme solution would be nothing but destructive to the world.

      March 26, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
  10. Observer

    Meh. Never really cared for horses, so yeah, I could totally see eating them.

    March 23, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
    • @Observer

      Oh great , this "incredibly positive" poster again.

      March 26, 2012 at 1:20 pm |
      • @@Observer

        Oh, gad, I know. Thought the same thing, LOL!

        March 26, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
  11. row9502

    Us Americans take EVERYTHING for granted....that is why I am so happy I have experienced many things. My mom is Filipina and dad is American & being in the Philippines as a teenager was so rewarding and eye-opening. I lived just as they did-bamboo house, dirt floor, went to the market EVERYDAY for just about every meal. (Even used the bathroom as they do-picture "Slumdog Millionaire") But ate as they ate also. I could live off rice and vegetables! & yes, horse!!! Even dog!!! (sorry all you animal activists, but for some parts of the world, this is called surviving)....most Asians are lean and live longer than us here in the US....

    March 23, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
    • Hey

      row9502, good you experienced other cultures. Please read all the postings about humane slaughter, or rather the no-way-to-be humane slaughter for horses postings. It will open your eyes even more. It's good to be open to new things in other ways too, other than food. And here's one thing: we don't live in Asia. I'm not saying that people in Asia are wrong, but we don't necessarily have to eat as they do. That doesn't make us close-minded, but capable of making informed choices. It's being open-minded, in another way.

      March 23, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
    • Tawny O'Hara

      Do you still eat dog and horse meat? You don't have to if you live in America. If so where do you live so I can watch my dogs bette.

      March 23, 2012 at 10:10 pm |
  12. Trigger & Silver

    Can't we all just get along? If that Karin broad don't watch her mouth,we are gonna swat her face with our tails.

    March 23, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  13. Snorlax

    Horses are agressive and ugly creatures. May as well go ahead and eat them.

    March 23, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
    • D.A

      Aggressive ?? Horses are not in anyway agressive, maybe the few that are messed up by humans but thats it. Horses are not food, just the same as dogs & cats aren't. Simple as that.

      March 24, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
      • SixDegrees

        A horse tried to bite me once. And horses most certainly are food in most of the world. So are dogs and cats, but not so much as horses.

        March 24, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
      • SixDegrees

        Yummy, yummy, yummy! I've got horse in my tummy!!

        Posting from Canada today, where horse is on the menu all over the place. My favorite so far: a combo of duck leg confit served with a horse tenderloin filet, called the 'Quack and Track'. Heavenly.

        March 24, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
  14. HSM

    None of you people know what you are talking about. Horse sounds delicious and I would love to try it.

    March 23, 2012 at 1:15 pm |
  15. jimmylimo

    I vote for CANNIBALISM ! Yes, that's right... Mankind today needs to be needs to be more humane, nay, more HUMAN ! And since you ARE WHAT YOU EAT.... this would give NEW MEANING to American food, Mexican food, Chinese food (ooh, a PLENTIFUL food sourse)... With all the anger, hate, greed, and bigotry in our modern world, a little more HUMANITY in our diet is JUST what the DOCTOR ORDERED ! Boy, this discussion will turn ANYONE into a VEGAN !

    March 23, 2012 at 12:59 pm |
    • jimmylimo

      Oh, BTW... if my cannibalism comment seems too sick (and it IS)... rent the 1973 classic movie "SOYLENT GREEN" with Charlton Heston. It takes place in 2022, and is starting to look more and more prophetic.... read more at Wikipedia or IMDB ... "In 2022, Earth is overpopulated and totally polluted; the natural resources have been exhausted and the nourishment of the population is provided by Soylent Industries, a food made by "plankton" from the oceans..." (or NOT plankton)...

      March 23, 2012 at 1:13 pm |
    • Observer

      I happen to know for a fact that the Obama administration is working on a very similar plan to this.

      March 23, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  16. Really Now

    No one is asking you to eat your horse if you don't want to. If people want to eat horses, cats, dogs, turkeys let em. I don't understand why some of you are so hung up on the drugs horses get throughout their lives. Have you ever looked through a Jeffer's Catalog and seen the medicines and treatments available to all livestock? I'm willing to bet that horses are less medicated than any other livestock that we eat!

    March 23, 2012 at 11:31 am |
    • Hmmm

      Really Now, you should read some of the postings. I think the point is, horses can't be slaughtered in a way that doesn't cause them more distress than necessary before death. Also, some points were also made about how horses synthesize the chemicals we give them, and, also, the chemical (bad for us) reaction that occurs when they are slaughtered. I'd recommend reading some of the postings - there's plenty of information better spelled out than I can do here. I don't think being worried about the death of an intelligent creature - that it not be a terrible, painful process - is, as you put it "being hung up on horses." It's just not as easy, if you have a modicum of conscience, to suggest people eat dog, horse, whatever. It's not a pretty, neat package as the article's writer suggests.

      March 23, 2012 at 12:39 pm |
    • Veggie Dogg

      If you love animals called pets, why do you eat animals called dinner?

      March 23, 2012 at 1:06 pm |
      • Alan

        If you love animals so much, why are you eating their food?

        March 24, 2012 at 2:33 pm |
  17. Tawny O'Hara

    OMG This man sounds like a glutton that eats anything put in front of him, he also looks like it. To listen to a man who eats our pets about horse slaughter is ridiculous. I hate it when an idiot happens upon getting a tv show, which I watched once and got sick to my stomach as he shoveled something grotesque down his gullet, as an intelligent person is just as ridiculous. Next we will be getting etiquette pointers from those idiots on practical jokers. We don't eat horsemeat here because sorry but this nation is starving enough to look at our pets and see roasts. Chinese are trying to stop the old habit of eating cats and dogs. There are meats that just aren't good for you, in fact most of our meat is not good for us anymore. We had a thing on the farm called "Fear Meat". You kill fast to not let the animal become afraid and release a hormone into it's meat. The Horses fill fear from the first moment. Horses and burros are much more sensitive to their surroundings than cattle. You are a glutton and I rank you up there with rush lumbaugh.

    March 23, 2012 at 10:29 am |
    • Tawny O'Hara

      Sorry that's "Our country ISN'T starving enough..."

      March 23, 2012 at 10:30 am |
    • Older Sista

      I had some horse meat once, thought it was great, told one of my friends who got all upset with me....I said, what's the big deal? She said, "You don't eat your friends." Fair enough.

      March 23, 2012 at 1:00 pm |
  18. Caremel

    Karin is right, I have done the research and she is right on. Commercial horse slaughter is never humane. Horses are not food animals, go read the bible. God did not intend for them to be food. We train them to trust us and obey. They are the most forgiving animal on the planet. They are so sensitive the can feel 7 times more than us. What a betrayal for their end in life.

    March 23, 2012 at 8:46 am |
    • I can change my screen name, too

      Well done, Karin. Well done.

      March 23, 2012 at 8:55 am |
  19. Ttoys

    Quite the lively little discussion here. I my opinion, Mr. Z doesn't deserve this much attention, and this article really should have been dismissed as nothing less than a ratings ploy

    But, be that as it may, I have to weigh in on the equid meat aspect. There have been a few who have suggested raising equids commercially, solely for meat production. Not feasible. It takes approximately 4 years to raise a horse to slaughter weight – twice the length of time it takes for beef. In the meantime, you have to feed it and muck out stalls or pens.

    Then there's the issue of medications. Horses are notorious for carrying parasites, including Trichinella spiralis..hence, the reason horse people worm them on a very regular schedule. Current worming drugs are not suitable for human consumption, or some other animals. The pet food industry does not use horse meat and hasn't since some time in the early 70s when someone finally figured out why countless dogs were dying...ivermectin, one of the drugs of choice for horse wormers, is deadly to a few breeds of dogs, most notably, collies. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out if dogs can die from eating meat from horses that have been treated with a certain drug, that these medications and others do accumulate in the tissues of horses and can be passed on to consumers. Phenylbutazone (bute), is banned by the FDA for human use, even though it was initially developed for use in humans. The EU, the largest market for horse meat, strictly bans bute (and a whole list of other veterinary drugs) from the food chain. Any horse given bute at ANY time in its life is ineligible for slaughter for human consumption. A very recent inspection study of horse meat in England (where slaughter is legal according to EU rules), found more than a trace amount of bute in chilled horse meat. Needless to say, that even with the strict passport system used in the EU to identify slaughter eligible and non-eligible equids, there is still the possibility of contamination. The biggest concern for health professionals regarding bute in meat, is the possibility of a child developing aplastic anemia, a condition where bone marrow does not produce sufficient new cells to replenish blood cells. If horses are left untreated, there is the real risk of trichinosis from eating raw horse meat, which is considered a delicacy. There have been reported cases of this condition in France and Northern Africa, traced directly back to horse meat originating in North America.

    Aside from the economic and health problems associated with eating horse or donkey meat (or any other equid for that matter), I have a real problem as an American taxpayer, with supporting an industry that doesn't benefit the American consumer. Culturally, Americans do not eat horses. There is no real market for it in the US and I do not want to be forced to pay for inspecting the safety of meat whose only destination is foreign. The USDA has enough trouble as it is, trying to keep the current food chain safe, and with the current slashes to the USDA budget,it doesn't make sense to stretch further over stretched resources for the sole benefit of a handful of Americans (those who have ownership in horse abattoirs) and a purely foreign market. If other people in other countries want to eat horses, then let them bear the full social and economic burden of supplying the market.

    Finally, I have researched the subject well enough to come to the conclusion that there is no commercially viable method for slaughtering horses. Even Temple Grandin, the recognized expert in killing food animals, hasn't been able to design a system despite having studied it for decades. Horses and other equids aren't designed for commercial slaughter techniques and it's just not fair or humane to subject them to such a cruel process when there are enough other meat sources in the US. If you want to try horse meat, slaughter your own horse yourself, or cross either our North or South border, or travel to Europe, Japan, or Central Asia.

    March 22, 2012 at 9:58 pm |
    • Tawny O'Hara

      Very well stated, Thank you

      March 23, 2012 at 10:32 am |
    • Lee Earnshaw

      That sums it up nicely. Let the horse eating countries raise their own and stop burdening American taxpayers. I agree this guy is only stating what he is to stir pots and get attention. If one isn't worthy of fame, one can try infamy instead.

      March 24, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
  20. Bob

    Looks like the good Mr. Zimmern eats about everything that passes in front of his eyes.

    March 22, 2012 at 7:33 pm |
  21. Andrew

    Interesting stuff!
    I like Zimmern and I have heard that horse makes for a good meal. Maybe worth a try!

    March 22, 2012 at 7:23 pm |
  22. Carol Savage

    Personally, I think there are enough other things to eat without resorting to eating horses.
    Of course, you will eat anything ...I do know that.

    I suppose if times got tough and starvation was on the horizon, I might eat horse meat or dog meat. But in this day and age horses and dogs do not have to be slaughtered for the purpose of eating them. Actually people probably eat too much red meat, and I am not at all sure the slaughtered horses have meat that is safe to eat considering the possibility of the presence of residual pheylbutazone and adrenal stress hormones.

    You are likely being paid to promote the slaughter of horses, so I do not think I will trust anything you say to rebuff my opinion. Businessmen and women want to make money slaughtering horses..."Follow the money honey".


    March 22, 2012 at 7:02 pm |
  23. Sherri

    Ahem, our donkeys and horses in America are not global foods. Want to talk slaughter houses? well, let's open up one that serves up human. Unethical? You wouldn't know the meaning of the word. Have you ever tried HUMAN FLESH??
    I hear its a delicacy. You want to eat your pets keep it away from us. You stink.

    March 22, 2012 at 6:48 pm |
  24. Karin Hauenstein (Horse Activist)

    Bo Derrick speaks out about this issue. This is the process Mr. Zimmern is promoting in this article.


    March 22, 2012 at 6:42 pm |
    • 50 yo Valley Gurl

      OHHH-MYYYY-GAAWD! Why didn't you just say like that Bo Derrick like was behind this cause like!? I totally get it now! Like I am going to the mall in my pink Escalade to tell allll my BFF's about this.

      March 22, 2012 at 8:04 pm |
      • Karin Hauenstein (Horse Activist)

        I posted this because about a 1/4 way through the video is footage of what commonly happens in the kill box. You see how the horse pulses and struggles. That is plain evidence their endocrine system is delivering large amounts of adrenaline and cortisol throughout the flesh of the soon-to-be-harvested animal. Any good hunter who watches footage of a head-shot horse knows innately what I am talking about. This isn't rocket science. Anyone who has the courage to watch what really happens in Commercial Horse $laughter can understand easily that the kill process is flawed and the meat is bad.

        March 22, 2012 at 9:01 pm |
        • Laura Bruns

          Karin, good comments you do have backup here...You have them on every comment...

          March 22, 2012 at 10:48 pm |
        • Robert

          the kill process may very well be bad and the meat may vey well be flawed, and it probably is important to get attention on the issue. But telling people that that encompasses every single possibility (when there are infinite possibilities) for horse slaughter is just ludicrous and it's a dirty lie.

          March 23, 2012 at 10:48 am |
    • Robert

      I see you've done some more insult-slinging, and name calling Karin. That's quite unfortunate. It's unfortunate that you feel the need to try to control people with your lies and deception in order to push a cause. But as I have said, right now, you Karin, are doing more to hurt horses than ANYONE in this forum. When intelligent people are present, you can never do good to support something when you ooze out hatred, intolerance, and bigotry in every single post you make. Not to mention all the transparent lies that you tell.

      And no, Andrew Zimmern has not posted any support for anything in the video. You know NOTHING about that man, about me, or about anyone else on this forum. Please stop shoveling out lies and deception. Hell, for the sake of the horses. Think about them before you make your posts. You are only hurting them Karin.

      March 23, 2012 at 10:46 am |
      • Hey

        Are you kidding? She's been one of the few people who's actually backed up her claims with more information. And no, this is not Karin :). But, truly, all of her information has been helpful and in-depth, and I don't find her claims unproven. She's provoked a lot of thought and discussion, and while her postings are prolific (and long), she's been smart enough to show and explain her position. I think she bested a lot of the folks on this comments board.

        March 23, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
      • Hey

        See my other post. I disagree - I don't think she's done anything to "hurt horses." In fact, she's provided information to back up her claims. Nothing wrong with that at all, and I appreciate the information.

        March 23, 2012 at 1:48 pm |
      • Karin Hauenstein (Horse Activist)

        You are the one who continues with insults. And you make absolutely baseless statements proving your ignorance of this entire subject. "Infinite possibilities"??? What planet are you from?

        I provide documentation and proof that everyone can easily understand about what I and many other people are saying about this cruel, unnecessary and poisonous "industry." Do you have any comments that are not inflammatory and provide any kind of factual representation whatsoever?

        March 23, 2012 at 2:53 pm |
        • Hey

          Karin, I agree. I don't think Robert is adding anything to the discussion, other than pointing fingers at you. I think when people are bested in disagreements, they tend to start pointing and trying to "insult." Robert, I think she's provided plenty of proof - I know you're trying to be courteous, because I see other areas where you're trying to encourage people to be courteous, but I think in this case, you're off the mark. Part of the problem is, it's an issue that everyone is passionate about and things get heated ... and it's hard to convey emotions via post other than with broad term declarations and exclamation points. But I do think she's made her point and given plenty of backup information. Best to just let it go - you learned some information, Karin has learned the ways in which you disagree with her and how you feel - and that's what we come to these postings for. She's done her homework, and presented it. There's not much more one can say.

          March 23, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
        • Robert

          Again, Karin, I welcome you to point out any single instance of me slinging insults in this forum. The truth of the matter is that I have not. Not once. So again, you are lying. Regarding infinite possibilities, and what planet I am from, my response to you is Earth, a planet of logic and reason. If somebody were to ask, "how can one kill a horse?". There is an INFINITE list of possible methods that he/she could use. That is an INARGUABLE FACT.

          To Hey, thank you for being moderately respectful despite your disagreeance. It is true that Karin has somewhat backed up some of her claims. But the other side of the truth is that none of her backed-up claims have any relevance whatsoever to the disagreements that I and others have with her. And she continually tries to use them as proof, but there is just no link, and because of that, she is just lying to all of us. I believe all living creatures deserve to have their rights fought for an protected, including horses. And it's good that there are dissenting opinions on both sides, people standing up for them and everything. But honestly, I really believe Karin has done more harm to horses in this forum than ANY of the other posters because of the nasty and harmful tactics that she uses to try to fight for them.

          March 24, 2012 at 12:18 am |
      • Tawny O'Hara

        Robert, darn if we aren't all highly impressed with your high education and your lengthy travels around the world. You are one heck of a wonderful person and should be elevated to a golden podium where you can wear a crown and demean us all from your lofty perch. However you are so misinformed and yes we do still use the phrase 'third world country'. That is what America is quickly becoming because idiots like you choose to change the words instead of change the cause of the problem.

        Horse take a lot of food and you can't just feed them crap because they have to have better food than cows. It takes at least 3 to 4 years to get a horse raised so there would be enough meat to viably slaughter. The medications we give in America are highly toxic to humans and canines. This stays in the fat and bones of the horses and if you ever ate horse in Mexico I'd suggest you start on golden seal and then go right for anything that cleans out the liver and pray a lot. Now knowing that you are very educated but obviously haven't the foggiest idea as to how to research both "sides" and only researching the pro slaughter side which, by the way, are about 85% lies and misinformation. They change their arguments almost as fast as mr zimmerman changes his underwear. (or zimmern) Don't watch the eejit, did once and about threw up. Cows have 4 stomachs. They have a different metabolism because they are a different species than a horse. They process things better and clean their food up. They also eat silage which is rotten feed, mostly consisting of wheat stalks, corn stalks or anything the farmer throws in there to ferment for winter feed. Horses would die after one meal of this. There is a reason God told the Jews to only eat hoofed animals that chew their cud. It is cleaned meat. The fact is that beef is cheaper and easier to raise. Here we have open range and the cattle just roam from one piece of land to the other. We have a "fence out" law. Don't want em on your property fence em out. They roam around here all summer then some one comes and picks them up and takes them to auction. You can't do that with horses. They are a more sensitive and higher reasoning abilities than cattle. No amount of high flaunting attitude you try to display you come off as an idiot. You are regurgitating words that I hear from the pro slaughter people all the time. However You actually can spell and use good grammar so maybe you should approach ol slaughterhouse sue and see if you can speak for them. The ones they have are all ignorant jack asses that can't put a pronoun, verb or noun together correctly in the same sentence and totally ignore spell check.

        March 23, 2012 at 9:26 pm |
    • hoofhugs

      Thanks for this video with Bo Derek. I had not seen it, but was aware of her involvement. It is beautiful and well done.

      March 23, 2012 at 1:12 pm |
  25. Horse Sense@Karen

    Karen, you obviously know nothing, have nothing to back up your wild claims and are only trying to troll. Let it go already.

    March 22, 2012 at 5:44 pm |
    • Karin Hauenstein (Horse Activist)

      Hi Robert! How are you doing?

      March 22, 2012 at 5:48 pm |
      • Get 'em, girl

        Haha, Karin! I wondered if that was that person too. I appreciate your postings and have learned so much from them as I'm reading them this morning. It's a shame that the people who are so scornful about others not being open-minded are so close-minded about this information you're posting. Anyway, you go, girl!! Proud of you!

        March 23, 2012 at 8:42 am |
    • Karin Hauenstein (Horse Activist)

      "In his recent article, Josh Ozersky makes the ill-conceived argument that Americans should consider eating horse meat. He mistakenly suggests that horses can be slaughtered humanely, but horse slaughter is inherently cruel and inhumane. Horses’ instinctual flight response makes them ill-suited for stunning, so they often endure repeated blows and sometimes remain conscious during their dismemberment. U.S. Department of Agriculture inspectors have, in the past, discovered violations and cruelty in horse slaughter plants.

      Furthermore, horse meat is not safe for human consumption. Horses are not raised as food animals and aren’t monitored in the same way as animals that are raised for consumption. Horses are frequently administered drugs that are prohibited by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and would be extremely harmful to humans if ingested. Horses deserve a more dignified end than to be inhumanely slaughtered and served at mealtime."

      Nancy Perry, Senior Vice President of Government Relations, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, NEW YORK CITY

      March 22, 2012 at 7:04 pm |
  26. Karin Hauenstein (Horse Activist)

    Google "Commercial Horse Slaughter" and learn the facts for yourself before you eat the tainted meat of head-shot horses or donkeys.

    March 22, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
    • Mr. ED

      We get it Karen, we get it. You have posted this how many times now? No need for the long face, no one here is going to shoot a horse. Move along now little doogie.

      March 22, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
      • Karin Hauenstein (Horse Activist)

        Do you really? or are you possibly in denial and don't want to hear the truth about what you may put in your body on a daily basis?

        When you trust an industry that cannot be trusted with your life and then have a man who claims to be an authority pushing a "practice" that will cause horrible outcomes because he did no research before he made his statements, I find that offensive.

        I will gladly post many pages of research and testimony before U.S. Congress right here so you can see, because it seems that the only thing you can really do in discussion of this is try to demean me on a personal level, and therefore, you need to be convinced.

        Mr. Zimmern should not have posted his #1 recommendation to eat Commercially Slaughtered Horse Meat without thinking about the health implications it could cause. That is dangerous, as dangerous as contracting Colon Cancer. How many people do you know who eat beef are suffering from Cancer?

        March 22, 2012 at 5:47 pm |
        • Mr. ED

          How many people do you know who eat beef are suffering from Cancer?

          Reply: No one.

          March 22, 2012 at 5:53 pm |
        • Karin Hauenstein (Horse Activist)

          You are rare, because 1 in 20 Americans will develop colorectal cancer in their lifetime. It is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States and since the beginning of this year we have over 143,000 new cases.

          March 22, 2012 at 6:12 pm |
        • Festus-Deputy Sheriff from Dodge City,Kansas

          Karen,just saw the picture of you and the horses walking in traffic. Do you shoe the horses yourself with Air Jordan horse shoes, and how many cases of Twinkie's have you put onto the pack horse?

          March 22, 2012 at 6:16 pm |
        • Mr. ED @ Karin

          "or are you possibly in denial and don't want to hear the truth about what you may put in your body on a daily basis?"

          Reply: Not in denial, and I don't put horse in my body on a daily basis, beef either. And if I wanted to know about the "truth", I would do my own research. This is a food blog, and as such, I enjoy reading about food related articles.

          March 22, 2012 at 6:25 pm |
        • Karin Hauenstein (Horse Activist)

          EasyCare's Easyboots sponsors me. I use boots similar to those used by many Police Mounted Units today. My possessions and gear is carried by my packhorse.

          March 22, 2012 at 6:48 pm |
      • Get 'em, girl

        Mr. Ed, Karin has a right to post whatever she wants to. At least she posts information to back up what she's saying, instead of just blurting out insults ... kind of like you just did ...

        March 23, 2012 at 8:44 am |
        • Mr. ED@Get 'em, girl

          I see no where that I implied an insult, I was simply answering her question to me. As well, I see no where in the article where Mr. Z advocated eating commercially slaughtered horse meat as she has claimed. She can write what she wants, doesn't affect me, but I don't appreciate the preaching and ranting about a subject. Seems useless and distracts from the food related article.

          March 23, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
        • Practically Raving

          Get 'em, girl & Karin are still going thru their remedial reading classes, Mr. Ed. Since they both seem to misunderstand the the same way, I'm pretty sure they are one and the same person.

          March 23, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
        • Get em girl

          Practically Raving (an apt screen name for you) ... I'm not Karin. I'm another poster. Your insult was pretty rude. But many of your posts are too.

          March 27, 2012 at 10:19 am |
        • Move On ...

          Insult – Speak to or treat with disrespect or scornful abuse.
          Rude – discourteous; impolite; ill-mannered
          So what if PR was insulting or rude? Pointing that out isn't going to change them, is it?

          March 27, 2012 at 10:52 am |
  27. Karin Hauenstein (Horse Activist)

    Because of what I have learned over the course of my studying this issue intensely. I no longer eat any commercially slaughtered meats at all. I am still a meat eater, but unfortunately because of accessibility I'm forced to consume only meat that is taken by a hand I know personally. I will eat certain hunters' kills, who I know and respect. I will eat the organically raised and humanely (Kosher method) killed animals that come from some of my friends sustainable farms on the West and East Coast. I am not a Vegan, nor am I a Vegetarian. I am experiencing success in bringing this issue, of Adrenaline and Cortisol which are Cancer causing, naturally occurring hormones and steroids found in beef and more so in Commercially $laughtered Horse Meat, to the public's attention.

    This is a Human Health Issue, caused by the inhumane and downright wrong way the Commercial Horse $laughter Industry operates. Head-shooting equines (and bovines) and expecting them to produce healthful, harvest-able meat is a pipe dream.

    Why doesn't the USDA test for the levels of Adrenaline and Cortisol in Commercially $laughtered Horse Meat? They do in beef. They are required to by law. Since Horses produce more adrenaline per pound than any other animal, you would think this makes sense. Logically, scientifically, they should be testing the meat. Yet, they test for NOTHING... Hmmm...

    Here's the exclusive, front-page article on me, published on 2/14/2012 in the Los Angeles Times: http://articles.latimes.com/2012/feb/14/local/la-me-adv-horse-ride-20120214/2

    Mr. Disrespectful Robert, let's hear your juvenile musings on this. :0)

    March 22, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
    • Practically Raving

      You both need to let this go. It's like you're beating a dead horse or something.

      March 22, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
      • Karin Hauenstein (Horse Activist)

        This Robert person keeps attacking me, lying about me and what I've said. People who are offended should encourage him to grow up.

        March 22, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
        • Mr. ED

          Karin – You are obviously passionate about this subject, but really, take it easy there girl. No need for a long face, lighten up a little.

          March 22, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
      • Practically Raving

        You've beaten this to the point that your comments look manic. It doesn't matter what either of you have done. Robert's poking your proverbial bear and you keep enabling him. You're not going to change his mind and he's not going to change yours. The answer is to let it go and move on.

        March 23, 2012 at 6:45 am |
        • Get 'em, girl

          Or, it could be she's just trying to provide us with some information. I appreciate her postings. If they offend you so much that you have to resort to petty insults, drop off the comments board, for heaven's sake. Nobody's forcing you to read them.

          March 23, 2012 at 8:46 am |
        • Practically Raving

          You read into my comment that I was offended? Wow. How's that remedial reading comprehension class coming along?

          March 23, 2012 at 8:53 am |
        • Robert

          Oh, by all means, I don't expect to change her mind. Her mind is obviously quite settled already. I'm just trying to spread openness and tolerance of those who are different, and promote the coming out of the truth. Unfortunately, Karin has chosen to try to battle me on all 3 of those fronts in this discussion board. Karin may think whatever bigoted lies she likes, but I'd like to do my part in quelling the spread of those lies and that hatred onto other people. Makes me feel like I can sleep better at night by doing so.

          March 27, 2012 at 12:14 pm |
      • Get 'em girl

        And how's that anger management course doing for you? Not too well, I guess.

        March 23, 2012 at 8:59 am |
        • Practically Raving

          You & "Karin" are the only ones who seem angry. Have an ice day, honey.

          March 23, 2012 at 9:16 am |
      • Get 'em girl

        You too, sweetheart. And here's the thing ... you can actually exercise your right not to read the comments board. Go for it and happy Friday, honey bunny!

        March 23, 2012 at 9:42 am |
        • Practically Raving

          If it bothers you so much that you need to keep coming after me for something you imagine is going on, please feel free to seek help.

          March 23, 2012 at 9:47 am |
    • Lee Iacocca/inventor of the Mustang

      I believe her clutch is slipping.

      March 22, 2012 at 5:09 pm |
      • Karin Hauenstein (Horse Activist)

        You aren't even who you claim to be, so whose "clutch is slipping..." :0)

        I'm a Corvette lover myself.

        March 22, 2012 at 5:14 pm |
        • The Amazing Kreskin

          I am positive that is Lee Iacocca and I have a Corvair to sell you. It's an automatic.

          March 22, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
    • Get 'em girl

      Cuts both ways, toots.

      March 23, 2012 at 10:00 am |
    • Robert

      Karin calling me disrespectful or juvenile is like the pot calling the kettle black. And the thing that's most interesting about it is that in this case, I am not even a kettle. Maybe a bowl made out of red clay. But not a black [using the color black as a metaphor for evil doings (eg. the blatant disrespect that Karin has shown to me and everybody else on this forum)] kettle or anything of the like. When it comes down to it, Karin has told lie after lie, and when people have called her out on her lies, she has resorted to insults because there is just nothing supporting her claims. She is also quite delusional because she seems to believe that everybody disagreeing with her is the same person. She fails to realize just how ridiculous she is making herself out to be with all of her crazy and untrue propaganda that she shovels out. It's no surprise that I'm not the only one who can see through her bogus "facts", as they are really not all that hard to see through to be quite honest.

      March 26, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
  28. Craig

    No, we should not be eating donkey meat, neither horse. We should be restoring these animals to their rightful freedom in North America where their evolutionary origin is and where they, as a non-ruminant herbivore, have so much to offer in the way of soil building and seed dispersal, because their feces are less degraded. If there's predation to take place, leave that to the restored wolves. Mankind should not continue to eat up all of life but should become vegetarian wherever possible and to a much greater degree. We must not allow gut appetites to prevail over higher conscience in relation to the whole of life!

    March 22, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  29. Fred South

    Thank you for sharing with us about eating different meat types. I see the animal rights folk have just had an emotionally ranting hay day over this topic... but I say, if it's good meat.... EAT IT!

    The Tofurkey Folks are really criminalizing any meat producing industry they can in hopes we will all become vegan... NO THANKS. At the end of the day, the only people they will hurt are the city folk when the food runs out... and all the farmers and ranchers will be sitting back, eating steak and laughing.....

    I say, give them a taste of what they want and lock them all out and see what the American population thinks when they can't get staples to their diet.

    March 22, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
    • Uh

      I don't think anyone's criminalizing the meat industry willy-nilly, and for fun, Fred. I think a lot of people just hope to affect the mass slaughter big agri-business industry. I won't repeat all the info (others are more articulate it better), but the plants are a cruel mess to the animals processed through. I think people will always eat meat, but we could certainly eat less and learn to slaughter quickly and effectively to eliminate the animals' fear/pain.

      March 22, 2012 at 2:31 pm |
  30. another thought

    So, I have to admit the responses to this article intrigue me. For those who are neither vegetarian or vegan, can you please tell me which animal protein sources you believe are an ethical choice? I am not about to quibble with those who disagree with eating donkey, horses, dogs and cats because while I may not necessarily wholly agree with the basic premise of this, I respect your opinion. Thankfully we live in a country where this is not a cultural norm nor necessity for you to HAVE to abstain.

    Again, I welcome civil discourse for those willing to share what animals are, in his/her opinion "OK" to eat and how to best go about dispatching said animal for it's meat.

    March 22, 2012 at 1:30 pm |
    • Hereyago

      I eat eggs from a local farmer's chickens. He doesn't sell or eat the chickens; they produce eggs and then live into their dotage :). Some people will trounce me for this, but I also eat fish. It works. I grew up on a farm and well, kind of saw the intelligence of creatures like cows, pigs, and chickens. It just doesn't feel right for me personally to eat them. But I'm realistic and just ask that people be cognizant of where their meat sources come from.

      March 22, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
    • Hereyago

      Oh, sorry, "another thought," I replied to you below. Meant to put it as a reply. And to say, if you do eat meat or feel that you can't do without it and aren't satisfied with eggs, you can interview local farmers and ensure that you pick one that slaughters quickly and efficiently, and also, compassionately raises his/her animals. I shudder saying that, because I can't do it, but I'm trying to be a realist. Not everyone wants to go vegan or vegetarian. It's a discipline for some, easier for others. I do disagree with the author of this article - we eat enough meat and don't necessarily need to explore the joys of eating even more meat of more types. Not bashing other cultures for what they do, but from my readings and reading postings here, it's not advisable in terms of health and compassion to eat equines. Plus, it just seems kinda piggy (forgive the expression) to just consume and consume everything animal on the planet.

      March 22, 2012 at 2:48 pm |
    • Hereyago

      Sorry, ignore my musings about my postings and my inability to realize where they appear in response to your posting. LOL, if only I could post decently!

      March 22, 2012 at 2:50 pm |
      • another thought

        Thanks for your thoughtful response Hereyago. I do try and eat locally, eat organically, and eat foods that are considered "humanely" tended both meats and veggies (I think many people should be ashamed at how their veggies are grown and harvested but that's another story for another board) as much as possible. I grew up in an area of fishermen and my husband grew up on a small farm where they raised the majority of their meat and vegetables. Most of the people that I know that are successfully making a living in the fishing industry and gardeners are also some of the biggest advocates for respecting the environment.

        The one thing that I would maybe draw your attention to and again and therefore invite your thoughts would be his basic premise of expanding our palate rather than simply introducing more. At least that's what I got out of the article. I believe Mr. Zimmern was saying that by expanding what we consider as meat sources we can effect change in being more humane with our treatment of animals people chose to eat, how their dispatched and in a the macrocosm we will also positively effect nature as it would change our tendencies to over-fish, over-harvest, and over-butcher and as you so accurately put it, "consume consume consume!" I also believe what he was saying was that by expanding the palate of those who do consume meat, we will lessen the amount of waste of any animal who is butchered for food.

        Again, I thank you for your respectful and thoughtful answers! (and I also find it somewhat confusing that when "replying" to someone on this board you get sent to the bottom and hope that it gets placed correctly! ;)

        March 22, 2012 at 3:42 pm |
        • Hereyago

          Thanks, "another thought" for your postings, too. One issue that worries me about expanding our palates (except in the case of vegetables and fruits) is that we've totally messed up the system for just simply eating cattle, pigs, and poultry. If we were to expand to other animals ... woe betide those poor creatures, because we'd figure out a way to plump them up artificially, give them antibiotics, confine them, and whatever else that would make their lives miserable - I'm talking farming on a large scale, of course. And when you look at the arguments against eating equines - well, to me, they're pretty persuasive. I think there's expanding our palates, versus being greedy little buggers want something NEW on their plates. But that's a good point about over-harvesting fish. I believe fish and other sea creatures are the only ones we over-harvest, correct? I think the better option is to further tone down our appetites; to make thoughtful decisions about sea harvest, etc. I don't have all the answers, unfortunately, but I appreciate the point you're making and I agree with you about how we raise vegetables too. Talk about another example of how we mess things up when it gets beyond the small farm scale, yike! Thanks again very much for your thoughts.

          March 23, 2012 at 8:55 am |
        • Hereyago

          Another Thought, I tried to post back, but my comments disappeared, LOL. Thanks for your posting – basically, I said that I fear expansion of our palates because we seem to have mucked up just handling the raising and slaughtering of cows, pigs, and poultry (in the scheme of mass farming industry). I fear that we'd take yet another set of animals and plump them up artificially, fill them with antibiotics, and generally make their lives miserable. Yes, I agree with you about vegetables – something else we've totally messed up. We just don't seem to be able to do this right, do we ? Re over-harvesting – I believe that's for sea creatures, correct? I don't see that we'll ever have a problem with over-harvesting conventional meat animals. I think the solution for sea over-harvesting is to just try to cut back, to be less greedy about our appetites. And reading the postings about eating equines ... well, I'm persuaded that that's not the route to go. Anyway, thanks so much for your posting and I'm sorry this is a rush posting. My original response, which may appear eventually, was a little better thought out, LOL.

          March 23, 2012 at 10:13 am |
  31. Karin Hauenstein (Horse Activist)

    "Compassionate" or "Humane" Slaughter of Horses DOES NOT EXIST. The only way to kill a horse humanely is with Chemical Euthanasia and the meat cannot be harvested. As it is now in Canada and Mexico, they are shooting horses in the head and ensuring that all of the adrenaline and cortisol in these animals is flushed throughout the meat before harvest. They just don't care that the consumers don't know this. Consumers like Andrew Zimmern. He should get a body scan to detect early stages of Cancer.

    March 22, 2012 at 12:50 pm |
    • Robert

      I won't pretend to know about every single fact about the rest of this post, but quite frankly, it's irrelevant. Because the very first sentence is a complete and utter lie and is false to the core. She is willing to lie to people in order to push an agenda. Please people, do the research yourself, research horses, research horse slaughter, research commercial horse slaughter, just find some reliable information. Please just don't be fooled by this poster because she is feeding lies to all of us.

      Karin, if you really are truly not intentionally lying and are instead just delusional, then I'm doing you a favor anyway because I'm telling people to do the research, which, IF you were telling the truth, would support you.

      March 22, 2012 at 1:08 pm |
      • Karin Hauenstein (Horse Activist)

        Robert-YOU ARE THE LIAR. Anyone who reads your posts can tell that you are the one who is biased.

        We can continue with this, because I haven't just devoted 2 years of my life to studying Commercial Horse Slaughter and ALL forms of slaughter on the face of the Earth, to be run off by some idiot.

        If anyone wants to know the truth, all they have to do is GOOGLE "Commercial Horse Slaughter" and they will LEARN FOR THEMSELVES. I encourage everyone who reads these posts to do so.

        It is a fact that head-shooting horses is not humane. They suffer greatly and are rarely put unconscious by the .22 shell.

        Have you done ANY research on this subject at all? You just like to call me a liar because you have no legitimate response. Mr. Zimmern started this with his very pointed statements in this article. It is obvious to me that he has done no research himself and is trusting the Commercial Horse $laughter establishment, as they are betting on. At this point though, I'm suspecting that he's probably being compensated for his "point of view." I would like to know the truth about that.

        Robert, have you ever ridden a horse? Have you ever hunted? What can YOU tell us about the facts behind Commercial Horse $laughter?

        March 22, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
        • Robert

          I agree, I would be happy if people were to google commercial horse slaughter. It'd be great for people to see the truth of what's going on and what they can do to help.

          I'm not an expert on current commercial horse slaughter practices, but if they are as bad as you say, I'd totally support trying to make them better, more humane, and safer.

          The thing is, we're arguing apples and carrots. Anything that you have said that has been factual (like I assume your information on head-shot horses has been) has been irrelevant and not even part of the discussion. On the other hand, anything you've said that has been relevant (like when you say that there is no possible way whatsoever to slaughter a horse humanely that is safe for consumption), has been completely untrue and quite simply, baseless lies.

          And again, I will point out, that because of your obvious lies and deceit (the deceit I'm referring to also covers your irrelevant facts because you are trying to use them to prove points that they do not apply to, which is quite deceitful, plain an simple), and also because of your constant badgering, insult-throwing, and overall childishness in your responses, I would go as far as to say that you have probably done MORE harm to horses in this forum than ANY other poster. And it's quite unfortunate. It's unfortunate for the horses in my opinion that somebody with as much passion as you to protect them (a valiant intention indeed), uses such dirty tactics so that you are instead doing them so much harm. I feel compassion and love for horses as much as any other animal, and for the sake of them, I am politely asking you to either adopt better, more respectful tactics to protect them (without all the distraction that your lies and hatefulness have caused) or else, if you cannot do that for whatever reason, then for the sake of the well-being of horses across the world, please stop talking about them for God's sake!

          Please get this through your head Karin, your current behavior is HARMING HORSES. You are NOT helping them. So think about the horses before you continue doing what you are doing, or else you can only blame YOURSELF for anything inhumane that is happening to them.

          March 26, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
      • scmaize

        Robert, I would really like to know what your background and credentials are that make you so much more knowledgeable than Karen. I don't know either of you, but your attacks on her are quite vicious, and I haven't heard why you are so sure you are right, and she is wrong. She isn't attacking you (unless you're a horse slaughterer); she's demonstrating that the process is inhumane. Why don't you stop attacking an individual, and instead demonstrate how humane it is, and how you know this to be true. You will be much more influential that way.

        March 23, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
        • Robert

          I have no attacked Karin in any way in my posts. If you read our posts back and forth, you will see quite clearly that it is she that has attacked not just me, but almost anyone else who has disagreed with her. And because of her lies and deception, she has also basically attacked the minds of every single person reading this forum.

          It's unfortunate if you truly have read all the discussion here and you still are so ingrained in your statements. I've done what I could on this forum to spread openness, tolerance of those who are different, and last but not least, KNOWLEDGE on this forum. But of course, I can not get through to everybody. Those who are so extremely biased who will not even read the discussion, or else, only see what they want to see, will not be budged in their beliefs no matter what heap of evidence there is to go against their beliefs. If this describes you, then I'm sorry to hear that. And I'll leave you with a tidbit of advice that you should try hard to open up more and look at the world from broader perspectives. Good luck to you!

          March 26, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
      • luvallcritters

        Robert Karin H. IS telling the truth. Sorry you don't like the truth but the truth is what she is sharing. So shut your yap already.

        March 24, 2012 at 2:25 am |
        • Robert

          Please show some respect. As I have said, not everything she has said has been untrue, but the things that haven't been have also been completely irrelevant. But the fact that she tries to use them to prove unrelated points, she is being very deceitful. And yes, not everything that she has said has been irrelevant either, but unfortunately for her argument, everything that she has said that has been relevant has been completely untrue.

          It's unfortunate, because I love horses, but this Karin person has done so much harm to them in this discussion forum, and for the sake of horses, I wish she hadn't.

          March 27, 2012 at 12:20 pm |
  32. R.A. Reeves

    How disappointing. Why don't you also suggest that we start eating our dogs and cats? Donkeys and Burros have had many roles in our country. They helped us colonize the West. Even today they serve as excellent pack animals, protect livestock from potential predators, and are pets and friends to many Americans. Horses, donkeys, and burros have become family animals in the modern age, despite their large size. That's part of our culture, and it is not a part that we should do away with.

    March 22, 2012 at 11:01 am |
  33. The Witty One

    I feel like people are missing the point here. We should be focused on eating healthier, more sustainable foods. I think we should be cautious though, since as soon as the demand for these things increase, we will end up in the same boat we are in with chickens and cows. I don't think we should mass produce anything, just take what's out there and don't turn your nose up at it. If yo uhave the ability, plant a garden. I'm growing herbs and smal veggies on my window sill at work. It isn't much, but if everyone did a little bit, the results would be huge! If you live in a city and don't have space to plant a garden, eat a rat :)

    March 22, 2012 at 10:23 am |
    • CanAmFam

      Agreed Witty One, that we should be focused on sustainable, healthy food. Which is why I'm perplexed about horses being sited in the donkey reference. Horse is probably the least sustainable, most carbon-intensive production of any animal. To bring a horse to slaughter weight (4 years of age) requires obscene amounts of feed, orders of magnitude beyond cattle.

      And because Americans don't want to eat horse, there are only a handful of plants around North America that kill for foreign markets. That means horses being trucked for thousands of miles to get to the plants. And then their carcasses are flown overseas! Doesn't get more carbon intensive than that.

      In addition, horse slaughter plants are notoriously bad for the local environment, with all three former American plants having multiple environmental violations.

      And healthy? Seriously, as someone who understands the standards and requirements for food production, I can tell you eating North American horse meat is taking your life in your hands. No other food animals receives even a portion of the toxic drugs horses do. The USDA doesn't really care, because it's not consumed in this country.

      March 22, 2012 at 11:06 am |
  34. Jorge

    "Pig ears have changed the world..."-They have, trickle-down economics, BabyBush's Iraqui war and Phil Gramm type legislation have busted us all.

    March 22, 2012 at 7:22 am |
  35. SixDegrees

    Modern horses are not native to North America, and are a blight on the landscape. I bet those wild herds that are devastating various national parks would make good eatin'. Getting rid of them would help return the areas to their natural state, and provide tons of grass-fed, organic horse meat to boot.

    March 22, 2012 at 2:57 am |
    • arlene

      YOUR Brains are located where you sit !!!!!!!!

      March 22, 2012 at 9:38 am |
    • CanAmFam

      Are you being sarcastic? Wild horses that are a blight on the landscape? LOL. The states with the dwindling wild horse herds use them as a major tourist draw. And what happens when they take wild horses off the lands? They fill the spaces with truly invasive domestic cattle. THAT'S what's decimating our public lands dude.

      March 22, 2012 at 10:59 am |
    • James Blevins

      Is this guy another one of Sue Wallis's Flying monkey's,,, what a idiot, another brain dead american,, these people have some kind of illness like mad cows disease,, Sickos !!

      March 22, 2012 at 8:08 pm |
    • Todd Homman

      Everything you stated here is completely and utterly FALSE!!!

      The Equine was here before the ice age for tens of thousands of years so IT IS NATIVE to this land and IN NO WAY is it a "blight" to the landscape this is the BIGGEST LIE OUT THERE ABOUT THE HORSE. The FACTS are the equine is the MOST LESS INVASIVE animal on the plant not only to the land but to US HUMANS! There are NO diseases transmitted from horse to human and the horse is one of only a hand full of animals that cuts the grasses at its roots allowing the grasses to grow BACK. The horse is a WANDERING eater and never stays in the same place while eating, horses also have small stomach and drinks ONLY the water it needs unlike a cow for instance which will stay in one spot eat the entire grass roots and all STRIPPING THE LAND and the cow has 4 stomach and will drink until full!

      Your facts are WRONG about the wild horse "destroying our lands out west, The MUSTANGS in this case, has NOT destroyed the America west not one bit! YOU NO NOTHING ON THIS ISSUE, YOU ARE JUST SPEWING HATRED, you do not know the first thing about the equine!

      The 1971 ROAM ACT passed the House and Senate WITH NOT ONE DESCENDING VOTE, THE ONLY BILL IN AMERICA HISTORY TO HAVE THAT HONOR! WOW HUH bet you did not know that!!! The American people have spoken time and time again with an OVERWHELMING VOICE for 43+ years straight saying NO to horse slaughtering in America and to LEAVE OUR MUSTANGS ALONE. In this REPUBLIC (yes we are a Republic not a democracy) the PEOPLE'S MAJORITY VOICE RULES THE LAND!

      The one thing and most important point of all that you have NO CLUE about is that 95% of ALL American horses are given BUTE and/or other drugs that are FILLED with chemicals. BUTE (Phenylbutazone) is the number one drug given to our horses, BUTE was BANNED for human usage by the FDA because their test showed that BUTE caused several sickening elements in humans and even caused cancer in some tests! BUTE and these other chemicals can not be and are not "COOKED" out of the meat, they remain and by eating American horse meat WILL MAKE YOU AND OUR UNBORN CHILDREN SICK AND CAN EVEN KILL YOU AND YOUR UNBORN children! FINALLY even the EU is waking up to this health concern and has started running very detailed in depth testing, and has ALREADY rejected 250 thousands pounds of American horse meat in the past few months because of the high BUTE levels as well as the horses coming from very inhumane and abusive processing planets in canada and mexico!

      The HORSE is NOT A FEED ANIMAL, IT IS A COMPANION ANIMAL just like our K-9 friends and they deserve the same protection! America owes its very existence to the Horse, even several of our Founding Fathers (Washington, Jefferson, Franklin Sherman, etc wanted the horse protected and to be the symbol of America instead of the Eagle. The horse BUILT this country from the ground up, WE OWE IT TO THEM!

      BTW gas hits $10 or $15 for a gallon, you still going to drive you gas powered vehicle or ride a horse for FREE (free water and free grass, is all the horse needs)!

      WAKE UP and do your own research, stop listening to idiot people!

      March 22, 2012 at 10:18 pm |
    • Anndawaywego

      My old horse had Cushings and was on Pergolide 3.5 mg for 10 years (high dose), Strongid 2x (daily wormer), Bute every day,and a few other meds for all his senile conditions. Is he in the food chain? I'll never tell. Without a "clean" passport, his flesh should never be fed to people–in any country–unless that's the "secret weapon" plan. Pink slime is bad enough for me. EAT BUTE and DIE !

      March 22, 2012 at 10:32 pm |
  36. SixDegrees

    Wave the horse meat banana, and all the Flicka monkeys start howling.

    March 22, 2012 at 2:55 am |
  37. Sticks and Stones

    Really, the simple fact is that of all the animals created according to the Bible, horses are listed as not to be eaten. Then you go into the modern issue of the chemicals used to keep a horse healthy are not for human consumption and the fact the EU is beginning to catch on and are realizing they have been shipped tainted meat from the U.S.
    Oh and Zimmerman has a lot of room to talk about eating lean to fight obesity. Looks like he could afford to lose a few pounds in that picture. Personally, I would be livid to find out that horse meat is being served in public school systems since that is part of the argument of having horse slaughter. And there are people that say it will be an inexpensive meat to purchase, at $40.00 a pound I don't see that as inexpensive.
    People need to get the facts on safety, health and humane treatment of horses and slaughter and the meat that would be available.

    March 22, 2012 at 2:37 am |
    • SixDegrees

      Speaking of getting the facts: who is "Zimmerman"?

      March 22, 2012 at 2:41 am |
  38. Karin Hauenstein (Horse Activist)

    Dr. Lester Friedlander, DVM & former Chief USDA Inspector, told Congress in 2008: “The captive bolt used to slaughter horses is simply not effective. These animals regain consciousness 30 seconds after being struck, they are fully aware they are being vivisected.”




    March 22, 2012 at 1:38 am |
    • SixDegrees

      Not a problem. Go back to using sledgehammers. More effective, and cheaper to boot.

      March 22, 2012 at 2:42 am |
      • Songlilly

        This guy is really bad at trolling. Ignore him : P

        March 22, 2012 at 3:08 am |
    • Robert


      Zimmern NEVER supported that. One comment about eating horses, and you start making up all these ridiculous lies about the man, bringing up topics that are not even part of this discussion, and then trying to use them to prove completely unrelated points. You clearly know not which you speak of. Please stop condemning a man for deeds he has never done. You are doing a very evil and hateful thing Karin, and you should be ashamed in yourself.

      March 22, 2012 at 11:03 am |
      • Uh

        He quite clearly recommends that we in America put horse on our plates ... ergo, Karin is discussing why that wouldn't work. If Andrew Z. wants to fling out a recommendation like that, I think it's fair game for Karin to talk about horse slaughter and why it doesn't work. How do you think the animal gets on the plate? There has to be a slaughter process.

        March 22, 2012 at 11:14 am |
        • Robert

          Of course a slaughter process is necessary, but it doesn't NEED to be unsafe. It doesn't NEED to be inhumane. Karin is, and has been for a while on this forum, been continuing to take specific examples and trying to apply them to cover 100% of the possibilities. Zimmern wasn't suggesting eating unsafe meat. I haven't been suggesting it. And few to no people in this topic have been suggesting it either. But Karin continues to put words in people's mouths and accuse us of that, in addition to the aforementioned skewing of facts by bringing up unrelated points and attempting to use them as "proof" for things which are just simply not provable. And when she's not doing that, she's blurting out falsities as if they are scientific fact.

          All the while, she is condemning anybody who disagrees with her. It's not just hateful and disrespectful what Karin is doing, it's borderline tyrannical the way she is trying to control everybody using tactics similar to brainwashing.

          March 22, 2012 at 11:50 am |
        • Robert

          I recommend and hope that anybody interested in horse slaughter (no matter which perspective you have on it) or anything else that's been discussed in this forum so far, to actually DO SOME RESEARCH from a variety of sources because there have been a few good valuable points by people here, but there has also been A LOT of deception and false statements, certainly not the least of which has come from Karin.

          March 22, 2012 at 11:52 am |
        • Karin Hauenstein (Horse Activist)

          Robert is very upset because I'm challenging his "boy." I don't mean to upset you on a personal level, which obviously I have, but you are stating something that is CATEGORICALLY FALSE. You are stating that this celebrity is supporting "humane" horse slaughter for human consumption, which DOES NOT EXIST. Watch a slaughter video. I seriously doubt if this Andrew Zimmern character has seen the process himself. I believe he has not done any research and should bear the brunt of making statements so grand about this issue, one that is being debated in many communities across our country right now, without doing any homework whatsoever.

          March 22, 2012 at 12:28 pm |
        • Robert

          Karin, first off, please remember to be more respectful on these forums and refrain from adding random insults, baseless accusations, and outright lies to your posts. You don't know me, so you have absolutely no authority in making judgments about my feelings or my motivations or anything of the sort. I have not had my feelings hurt by you. I am simply here trying to spread openness and transparent knowledge of the facts. Additionally, I have made several comments on this forum in the name of combating intolerance and supremest attitudes and promote cultural awareness, and truth in general.

          You have no proof whatsoever for your claim that it is impossible to humanely and safely slaughter a horse. You tell others to do their research, and so I will say the same exact thing to you. The research does not support what you've been saying. You have no proof, and because you continue to try to use irrelevant points that are unrelated to the discussion at hand, you have not even gone as far as to even allude to proof. I welcome you to bring any research you have to the table, cite any sources you like. If you're going to go as far as to claim that it is categorically impossible to humanely slaughter a horse that is safe for consumption, then you NEED some evidence to back that claim up. Thus far, you have presented none. Your continued allusions to some horse slaughtering video/s are irrelevant, because that one or 2 methods of slaughter does not encompass the result of every single possible slaughtering method. You need to broaden your perspective and open up in general. The world cannot be intelligently looked at through this tunnel vision and one-perspective approach.

          March 22, 2012 at 12:50 pm |
        • Karin Hauenstein (Horse Activist)

          I. The Humane Slaughter Act of 1958

          The Humane Slaughter Act ("HSA"), was first enacted in 1958, and amended in 1978 and 2002. HSA requires slaughterhouses to render livestock unconscious before they are killed. On May 13, 2002, President George W. Bush signed into law the "Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002" (Public Law 107-171), which includes a Resolution that the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act of 1958 should be fully enforced to prevent the needless suffering of animals. It also calls upon the Secretary of Agriculture to track violations "and report the results and relevant trends annually to Congress." In January 2004 the General Accounting Office investigated violations of the ‘Humane Methods of Slaughter Act’ which amended the Federal Meat Inspection Act and extended the policy nationwide by requiring that all federally inspected slaughter establishments adopt humane handling and slaughter methods. The results of the GAO investigation can be found at http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d04247.pdf.

          PRIMARY CITATION: 7 USC 1901 – 1907

          7 U.S.C.A. § 1901 Findings and Declaration of Policy

          The Congress finds that the use of humane methods in the slaughter of livestock prevents needless suffering; results in safer and better working conditions for persons engaged in the slaughtering industry; brings about improvement of products and economies in slaughtering operations; and produces other benefits for producers, processors, and consumers which tend to expedite an orderly flow of livestock and livestock products in interstate and foreign commerce. It is therefore declared to be the policy of the United States that the slaughtering of livestock and the handling of livestock in connection with slaughter shall be carried out only by humane methods.

          7 U.S.C.A. § 1902 Humane Methods

          No method of slaughtering or handling in connection with slaughtering shall be deemed to comply with the public policy of the United States unless it is humane. Either of the following two methods of slaughtering and handling is hereby found to be humane:

          (a) in the case of cattle, calves, horses, mules, sheep, swine, and other livestock, all animals are rendered insensible to pain by a single blow or gunshot or an electrical, chemical or other means that is rapid and effective, before being shackled, hoisted, thrown, cast, or cut; or

          (b) by slaughtering in accordance with the ritual requirements of the Jewish faith or any other religious faith that prescribes a method of slaughter whereby the animal suffers loss of consciousness by anemia of the brain caused by the simultaneous and instantaneous severance of the carotid arteries with a sharp instrument and handling in connection with such slaughtering.

          II. Captive Bolt/Exsanguination: Method of Achieving Insensibility Used in the United States

          The penetrating captive bolt followed by immediate exsanguination (bleeding out) has been the preferred method of achieving insensibility of equines in American slaughterhouses since the early 1980’s. The mode of action of a penetrating captive bolt gun is concussion and trauma to the brain. This requires that it be held firmly against the surface of the head over the intended site. Because placement and positioning of the projectile is critical, some degree of restraint is required for proper use of this device.

          While the destruction of brain tissue with the penetrating captive bolt may be sufficient to result in death, operators are strongly advised to ensure death by exsanguination.

          (Source: http://lacs.vetmed.ufl.edu/HumaneEuthanasia/Ex.htm)

          It is important to note that in the foreign owned equine slaughterhouses operating in the United States, no form of restraint is used when the equine is in the kill chute or ‘knock box’ waiting for the penetrating captive bolt to be applied. In some instances, it takes several attempts to effectively apply the penetrating captive bolt the equine, if this is achieved at all. The use of the penetrating captive bolt is in violation of 7 U.S.C.A. § 1902 (a) of the Humane Slaughter Act as this methodology requires more than one blow and is inefficient at rendering equines immediately insensible.

          (Sources: (i) Dr. Lester Friedlander, DVM and former Chief USDA Inspector, and (ii) Humane Farming Association video documentation at http://www.manesandtailsorganization.org/media.html)

          Use of the captive bolt causes extreme pain.

          In a study conducted at Hanover University, EEG and ECG recordings were taken on all animals to measure the condition of the brain and heart during the course of slaughter and stunning. EEG readings showed that although the animals were apparently unconscious soon after stunning with the penetrating captive bolt, they were experiencing severe pain immediately after stunning.

          (Source: http://www.themodernreligion.com/misc/an/an_slaughter.htm)

          Horses regain consciousness approximately 30 seconds after the captive bolt is applied.

          Due to the inherent differences in skull structures of bovines and equines, each species reacts to the captive bolt differently. The brain of an equine is further back in the skull compared to a bovine. The equines regain consciousness and are not insensible to pain shortly after they are shackled and hoisted. Therefore, they are very much aware of being butchered alive.

          (Source: Dr. Lester Friedlander, DVM and former Chief USDA Inspector.)

          III. No Other Methods of Equine Slaughter Comply with the HSA of 1958

          (1) Electrocution – has been defined as 'cruel' by the American Horse Show Association in response to owners who have electrocuted their horses for insurance money. Federal Courts have upheld the Association's contention that electrocution is cruel. Therefore, it cannot be used as a method of humane slaughter for equines.

          (2) Drug Overdose – this method saturates the tissues and leaves residues thereby making the meat inedible.

          (3) Carbon Monoxide – this method saturates the tissues and leaves residues thereby making the meat inedible.

          (4) .22 Caliber Gun Shot – This particular firearm is inappropriate for equines due to the thickness of the skull structure of an equine. Using the .22 caliber rifle does not achieve instantaneous insensibility of equines. Larger caliber firearms such as a 9mm or .357 are required to efficiently penetrate the skull and cause the massive brain destruction necessary to achieve instantaneous insensibility. (Source: Procedures for Humane Euthanasia of Sick, Injured and/or Debilitated Livestock – http://lacs.vetmed.ufl.edu/HumaneEuthanasia/gun.htm). Additionally, the horse cannot be restrained and this method is dangerous to workers.

          IV. The American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Association of Equine Practitioners Positions Regarding Equine Slaughter

          Both the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Association of Equine Practitioners deem the use of the penetrating captive bolt ‘acceptable.’ The American Veterinary Medical Association 2000 Report of the AVMA Panel on Euthanasia evaluated Euthanasia according to this criterion:

          (1) ability to induce loss of consciousness and death without causing pain, distress, anxiety, or apprehension;

          (2) time required to induce loss of consciousness;

          (3) reliability;

          (4) safety of personnel;

          (5) irreversibility;

          (6) compatibility with requirement and purpose;

          (7) emotional effect on observers or operators;

          (8) compatibility with subsequent evaluation, examination, or use of tissue;

          (9) drug availability and human abuse potential;

          (10) compatibility with species, age, and health status;

          (11) ability to maintain equipment in proper working order; and

          (12) safety for predators/scavengers should the carcass be consumed.

          The use of the penetrating captive bolt gun does not meet the AVMA Panel's criteria regarding "loss of consciousness and death without causing pain, distress, anxiety, or apprehension." Unlike bovines (which the penetrating captive bolt was designed for) equines possess different skull structures, are flight animals, and attempt to flee the 'knock box' or 'kill chute.' That being the case, it takes numerous attempts before the animal is properly stunned, if this is achieved at all.

          From documentation provided by the Humane Society of the United States and the Humane Farming Association it is clear that these equines are feeling pain due to the number of attempts taken to stun them, and are extremely distressed, anxious, and apprehensive.

          This invalidates criteria 1, 2, 3, 6, and 10 of the AVMA's criterion for 'humane euthanasia.'

          The AVMA position regarding the use of the penetrating captive bolt is in violation of 7 U.S.C.A. § 1902 (a) of the Humane Slaughter Act as this methodology requires more than one blow and is inefficient at rendering equines insensible.


          The use of the penetrating captive bolt is in violation of the Humane Slaughter Act generally, and 7 U.S.C.A. § 1902 (a) specifically. Any other method of slaughter as applied to equines is in violation of the Humane Slaughter Act of 1958 generally, and 7 U.S.C.A. § 1902 (a) specifically.

          March 22, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
        • Robert

          Thank you Karin for that block of irrelevant information. I now welcome you to find any accredited information that proves any of your points that I have contended. I will call that block of information "strike 1". It was interesting and all, just didn't prove in the slightest anything that I have disagreed with you on.

          March 26, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
  39. Muddywolf

    You guys are being a bit hard on Andy Zimmern. I watch his show often and I give him lots of credit for traveling to the ends of the earth and having the courage to sample nearly everything that people harvest, kill and cook (and sometimes eat raw in less than sanitary conditions). To his credit, the only things I recall that he could not swallow and keep down were sea cucumber and stinky tofu from the infamous House of Unique Stink in Taipei.

    Humans are omnivores by design and evolution, and most of the world's population does not survive on chicken nuggets. Ironically many people who eat bats, scorpions, and rodents are appalled at our fondness for cheese. To them, it's just rotten curdled milk. So before we berate other culture's diets, let's consider some of the unsavory things many Americans eat – scrapple, spam, chitterlings, hog maws, haggis, pork rinds, liver. When the next global famine occurs, people will not only beg for donkey and pink slime they'll settle for soylent green wafers like in the apocalyptic film.

    March 22, 2012 at 12:24 am |
    • hoofhugs

      Americans have emotional attachments to horses that cannot and should not be ignored any more than we would expect people in India to ignore their religious beliefs about the sacred nature of cows.

      The role of the horse as helper, servant, partner, friend, and companion goes back to the BIble in terms of written history.

      March 23, 2012 at 1:29 pm |
  40. QZ

    Is genetically modified food WMD?

    March 21, 2012 at 10:19 pm |
  41. Friend of animals

    Apparently, CNN does not have any standards for what they air on their programs. A new low -congradulations!

    March 21, 2012 at 9:56 pm |
    • Dee

      Agreed – disgusting and shameful.

      March 22, 2012 at 4:12 am |
  42. Karin Hauenstein (Horse Activist)

    What the proponents of Commercial Horse Slaughter in the U.S. are not taking into consideration is the fact that the end “product” of this industry contains Adrenaline and Cortisol in levels far higher than what is not allowed in beef by law and regulated by the USDA.

    If you want a real education yourself, Google “Commercial Horse Slaughter” and you will get one. This abhorrent practice was ill-regulated and only cursory inspected for meat quality, with the standards at all U.S. Commercial Horse Slaughter Plants in the U.S. being almost non-existent. Someone was protecting this industry before, but no longer. The American Horse Racing Industry was feeding it — ARE THEY STILL? Officially, No. Behind the scenes and out the back gates, Yes.

    In Commercial Beef Slaughter they call it “dark cutting.” Google that and you will get an education about the toxic hormones and steroids that are making their way into your hamburgers and steaks (especially fast food beef.) It causes Cancer and other disease in humans and causes the Commercial Beef Slaughter Industry’s largest financial losses every year.

    Equines and bovines are completely different species of animals. The equine senses are better than canines and their herd mentality extremely keen. It is virtually and practically impossible to kill a horse humanely in a commercial setting. The proponents of this issue are lying to everyone and the proof will come in the toxicology reports that will be mandated by the lawsuits filed against them and the USDA for attempting to distribute harmful levels of these toxic hormones and steroids to the population.

    Every single head-shot horse is a “bad kill” with their autonomic endocrine systems delivering extreme amounts of adrenaline and cortisol throughout the flesh AFTER the shot. The evidence of this is in the pulsing of the horse post shot. Review some Commercial Horse Slaughter videos and see for yourself. This also happens in slower, dumber bovines at a much lessor rate but is supposedly tracked and managed by USDA officials on their lines. The same USDA that is already stressed and thin in ranks because of the economic budget issues our country is facing.

    The evidence that will make this “product” illegal is scientific. The Commercial Beef Slaughter Industry is already suppressing information regarding the levels of Adrenaline and Cortisol that are making their way into U.S. diets, causing Cancer and other disease. All of this will come to light with further scrutiny.

    I thank the proponents of Commercial Horse Slaughter in the U.S. for being so outspoken with their propaganda and misinformation to bring so much attention to this issue. We all need to make a concerted effort to know exactly what we are ingesting and stay away from products that are proven harmful to our health.

    March 21, 2012 at 7:19 pm |
    • S.Nimz

      Are all these people going to die? Are they monsters? Should they be beaten with hoses?

      From Wikiwpedia
      In 2009, a British agriculture industry website reported the following horse meat production levels in various countries:
      Horse meat production levels
      as of 2009[38]
      Country Tons per year
      Mexico 78,000
      Argentina 57,000
      Kazakhstan 55,000
      Mongolia 38,000
      Kyrgyzstan 25,000
      Australia 24,000
      Brazil 21,000
      Canada 18,000
      Poland 18,000
      Italy 16,000*
      Romania 14,000
      Chile 10,000
      France 7,500
      Uruguay 8,000
      Senegal 9,500
      Colombia 6,000
      Spain 5,000*
      * Including donkeys.

      March 21, 2012 at 7:30 pm |
      • hoofhugs

        If the horses they eat are treated with the drugs that U. S. domestic horses, mules, donkeys, burros, etc.,, yes, some of them will die because they ate equidaie.

        March 22, 2012 at 12:17 am |
    • SixDegrees

      The more popular horse and donkey become, the more effective regulation will be. If you want unregulated slaughter to be curtailed, eat more horse!

      March 21, 2012 at 7:59 pm |
      • Karin Hauenstein (Horse Activist)

        You are recommending that people eat toxic levels of adrenaline and cortisol. It's a very good thing for the Europeans, Canadians and Asians who eat horse meat that it is so expensive and considered a "delicacy." If not, more consumers would undoubtedly be stricken with Colon Cancer, as many U.S. Consumers now are who eat diets high in fast food beef and low in vegetables.

        March 21, 2012 at 9:42 pm |
        • SixDegrees

          Read what I wrote, or get someone to sound it out for you: more demand == greater regulation == end to all your problems, real or imagined.

          March 22, 2012 at 2:44 am |
        • Karin Hauenstein (Horse Activist)

          Six Degrees, you have no idea what you are debating. The only process available to kill a horse in a commercial setting is completely inhumane and produces levels of naturally occurring hormones and steroids in the end "product" that are harmful for human consumption. That is a fact. More regulation??? How would that change the actual process itself. It doesn't. You are arguing apples and oranges. Your statement does not apply to this issue.

          Although, some of the rhetoric I've heard here sounds like it comes directly from the ranks of the Commercial Horse Slaughter proponents. They claim that if they are given the opportunity they can and will make the process "better." And they have been asked to provide that model now for years and never do. I found out, through multiple sources, that this proposed facility they want to build is completely contained. Nobody sees in, nobody hears in. With everything hidden and then claiming they have objective eyes on the process, which are all theirs, it sounds much like McDonald's beef processing to me. And we all know what the fast food beef processors are doing in their facilities because it's giving us Cancer. Paying off USDA officials and hiding from the public is not an appropriate business plan.

          Please post this allegedly "humane" slaughter method, so we can all be aware.

          Mr. Zimmern most certainly brought this discussion all up with his very pointed statements, and he also listed them as #1 to change the world of eating? Bad move Andrew...

          March 22, 2012 at 12:39 pm |
      • hoofhugs

        You need to visit Veterinarians for Equine Welfare’s web site. It explains in great detail why horse slaughter is not humane. Horse slaughter via captive bolt is not humane. This is because the horse’s brain is more deeply located behind the skull of the horse. Veterinarians do not like to use it for euthanasia because of the flight nature of the horse. The horse, unlike the cow or other animals, wants to flee and will not hold its head still. The gun needs to be in contact in point of the horse’s skill that is in front of the brain. Even the most highly skilled veterinarian will have difficulty with this. Neither the AAEP or the AVMA approve of the captive bolt for the slaughter situation, despite what Sue Wallis’s United Horsemen or Unqualified Equine, LLC contends.

        March 22, 2012 at 12:23 am |
        • Karin Hauenstein (Horse Activist)

          Not just the captive bolt, but head-shooting horses is also not humane. The horse cannot be killed instantly with head shot. There is very frequently complete regaining of consciousness. But for the meat safety issue, any head traumatized equine's endocrine system, which is autonomic and extremely sensitive due to their very keen flight responses, pumps all of the adrenaline and cortisol directly into the muscular flesh, tainting the meat to toxic levels. The Vets know this, the USDA knows this and the Commercial Slaughter Industry knows this and that is why you cannot find any evidence of it anywhere. They just don't test Commercially Slaughtered Horse Meat for ANYTHING... Really... They think the consumer is an idiot. They don't care to give them Cancer or other disease. They really only want their money. The Commercial $laughter Industry is the most corrupt industry, next to the World Financial Industry... and we trust them to feed us? How's Cancer doing with your family?

          March 22, 2012 at 1:31 am |
        • SixDegrees

          Not a problem. Either quickly sever the jugular – ala halal slaughter – or electrocute them. Or just go back to using sledgehammers. There's no problem here without a solution.

          I bet neck meat is tasty. It sounds like it gets a lot of exercise, like shoulder. My guess would be it braises well.

          March 22, 2012 at 2:50 am |
        • Karin Hauenstein (Horse Activist)

          Six degrees, you like to debate but you really need to stick to subjects you are familiar with. So, how is someone supposed to simply "severe the jugular" of a horse who is not calm because they are in a foreign environment, being handled by someone they are not familiar with, and fighting for their lives because their sense of smell (that is better than a dog's) is picking up the blood of other horses and the smell of death? You have not been near Commercial Horse Slaughter. I have. You would not be saying what you are saying if you ever had. They cannot use Halal methods of slaughter, which also require above all that the animal be calm and at rest, because men with very large, very sharp knives would likely be impaled themselves.

          Horses are very smart and very powerful animals. That is why it has always been a common practice in Commercial Horse Slaughter facilities for the handlers to gouge the horses' eyes out just to head shoot them.

          Horses will fight for their lives when they cannot run. The healthiest ones do anyway... The sick and old ones don't put up much fuss. So, which horses are Andrew eating??? The healthy ones? or the sick and old ones? Hmmm...

          March 22, 2012 at 12:47 pm |
      • Hmmm

        SixDegrees, I think the point is that regulation is very poor. When we do it, we often fail at regulating these types of industries. I wouldn't just say we just should just eat more and then regulations will take care of it. If we had decent regulations, the issues of compassionate slaughter at processing plants wouldn't arise.

        March 22, 2012 at 10:51 am |
  43. missshahera

    WOW, did this article bring everyone off their seats. CNN must be ecstatic. I want to throw in my 2 cents by saying, yes, I am an animal lover, yes I have donkeys to guard our animals, our acreage and they are naturally superb. I would never eat one – too much respect. Yes, I own 5 horses, who each have a different personality just like the human friends I know. They have brought more joy into my life and hard work, but they are my PARTNERS, not my next meal ticket. I live near Kaufman,TX and know of the horrors of a slaughtering plant for the land, the people, the city. It is not a job creating plant. I would never sacrifice all the ills that befall a slaughter plant town for 50 or 60 workers. Even in Canada they have had to shut down a famous state- of- the art facility because it turns out there is NO HUMANE way to kill the horses, let alone donkeys. Mr. Zimmern is more than welcome to push any kind of diet he prefers. I have not seen any recipes for dog or cat, but he probably has a few. These are all animals with intelligence to work with humans, so they are OFF my plate. I support many groups which fight against horse and donkey slaughter, abuse to dogs and cats as well. God has given me a heart of love and devotion to them, and I will always fight because they cannot. I will not condone cruelty to kill and process food for other countries which get tax exemptions, are able to avoid prosecution (foreign you know) and give nothing back, leaving us with the trssh and clean up and blood on our hands. I dare you to watch a few of the slaughter videos on YouTube and then feel like you want a horse or donkey burger. Good luck, Mr Zimmern, trying to change the world with your five foods.

    March 21, 2012 at 6:22 pm |
    • SixDegrees

      The world as a whole disagrees. A steady diet of John Wayne has turned America into an aberration in this regard.

      March 21, 2012 at 8:00 pm |
      • hoofhugs

        John Wayne, Black Beuty, My Friend Flicka, Mr. Ed, The Black Stallion, Seabiscuit, National Velvet, and so many other cultural influences.

        If you have ever been to our capitol and walked the area, you cannot miss the numbers of famous soldiers on horse back.

        We do not want our equines slaughtered.

        March 22, 2012 at 12:28 am |
        • SixDegrees

          Speak for yourself. Lots of Americans aren't nearly so squeamish. And all those soldiers on horseback? I hate to break this to you, but they had no qualms at all about eating their rides, and did so regularly. There's no point in wasting perfectly good meat.

          March 22, 2012 at 2:46 am |
      • Uh

        SixDegrees, I find it funny that you read this well-thought out post by missshahera, and come up with "we've been watching too many John Wayne movies." Huh?

        March 22, 2012 at 10:54 am |
      • missshahera

        So glad you have somewhere to voice your bitterness against animals. God loves you. (He's the One who created all the animals before man.) Your comments are certainly entertaining...as most all slaptick is.

        March 22, 2012 at 4:05 pm |
  44. S.Nimz

    Again – What is with you people – Beat you with a stick, with a rubber hose, Idiot, Moron, Cannibalism. Have you all such closed minds that you cannot accept that others would have different view points and different tastes, different backgrounds? This was a discussion about food and one persons perspective on the state of what we eat. Some of you have obviously never watched his show where he explains how different cultures have different eating habits and the reaction to those foods that we would normally never see here in the states. Are these people in other cultures wrong, ignorant, worthy of beating with a rubber hose? Don't like it –DON'T EAT IT!!

    March 21, 2012 at 6:03 pm |
    • hoofhugs

      Obviously, almost none of us have watched his show which should tell you something, but one thing we are watching is the attempts by a nefarious Wyoming state representative and her band of not so merry men who want to make money on the blood of our horses. If might be just a TV show to you, but we are fighting BIG FOREIGN BUCKS who want us to pay to have meat that they will sell for up to $40.00 a pound in their countries after we have paid for the FSIS, APHIS inspectors, ruined our rivers, our land, our air, had our horses stolen, etc. Horse slaughter is a breeding ground for the underbelly of society. You can’t find one main stream American whose life is unattained by allegations of fraud, bankruptcy, abuse of power, misuse of funds, conflict of interest, or who has been voted out of office by his or her constituents or will be soon that supports horse slaughter. Supporting horse slaughter is like asking for bad karma.

      March 22, 2012 at 12:36 am |
    • Uh

      I think this chef put himself wide open for these comments when he "recommended" we eat horse and try donkey. He's not just chatting about what other countries do; he's proposing we do the same thing. People will disagree if someone expresses an opinion/recommendation like that. He writes an article like that, he's going to provoke strong opinions. I find nothing wrong with disagreeing with his recommendations and like many people here, explaining exactly why.

      March 22, 2012 at 11:17 am |
  45. Metron

    I predict Zimmern will die early of some sort of cancer. Some items are not meant to be consumed by humans.

    March 21, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
    • AJ

      That is true. The biggie is grains. Humans cannot digest grains unless they are ground/cooked first; we cannot digest them in their natural form, they are supposed to pass through us and have their seeds land in a nice pile of fertilizer. (I'm willing to bet you eat grains though.)

      But meat, vegetables, and fruit? Those are part of our natural diet.

      March 21, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
      • Hmmm

        Many experts agree that people don't need meat to survive. In truth, many experts believe we do. There are plenty of healthy non-meat-eaters out there ... they seem to be thriving quite well!

        March 22, 2012 at 10:53 am |
  46. Robin Boren

    Andrew you are disgusting! When they do allow humans for consumption, which could be coming right after cats and dogs, I hope you are the first to go!!! Obviously, you lack love and compassion in your life!! I would like just once for you to feel the fear and pain these animals experience at their moment of death. You are a horrible sad excuse for a human being!

    March 21, 2012 at 3:39 pm |
    • JMB

      I'd like to beat you with a stick.. thx for showing your ignorance you moron...

      March 21, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
    • Robert

      Robin, you are a bigoted hypocrite. In one sentence, you express hope for the swift death of another human being. And the VERY NEXT sentence, you accuse him of having no love or compassion.

      Please try to learn to have an open mind. Most people honestly don't get very far in life without one...

      March 21, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
    • Snacklefish

      I'm waiting for the news report about Robin swerving to avoid a bear in the road, only to run over a person, hit a tree and have said bear eat her head because he thought it was a candy. Everyone goes in the end.

      March 21, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
      • hoofhugs

        This is way mean. Really sick.

        March 22, 2012 at 12:39 am |
        • SixDegrees

          How is it any different from what the OP said?

          March 22, 2012 at 2:47 am |
    • SixDegrees

      People already eat dogs; they're very popular in the Philippines and large sections of Asia.

      Cats, not so much. They're kind of greasy. But they'll do in a pinch.

      March 21, 2012 at 8:02 pm |
    • Laura Bruns

      This is true but sick though...Humans for CONSUMPTION...Right out of the movie Soylent Greens...Start lining the humans up and Andrew Zimmerman will probably be first to try the green protein crackers...Good comment Robin Boren..Directions of what is coming??? All the slaughter and destruction, cruelty needs to end...

      March 22, 2012 at 10:32 pm |
      • Robert

        Sarcasm or not, it's ironic how so many people who are supposedly fighting against cruelty and the like are the ones supporting cannibalism. Even as far as suggesting that certain individuals get killed and eaten. That's so hypocritical, it's almost amusing.

        Reminds me of the woman in recent news who tried to hire an assassin to go to a park and murder a random person wearing fur.

        If the cause you fight for is the protection of lives (aka NOT VIOLENCE), then you shouldn't have violence be what you use to fight for it. You will garner little to no support that way. More likely, people will think you are a lunatic and take nothing you say seriously.

        March 26, 2012 at 6:45 pm |
  47. jenna64

    I am surprised no one has mentioned the biblical prohibition on eating the meat of mammals without cloven hooves? That lets out equines, and dogs and cats as well...

    But more seriously, folks, those of us who have been working for years to stop the slaughter of US horses for human consumption in other countries know very well what a barbaric industry it is. It is cruel, it despoils the towns where it occurs, and the end result is - as has been amply noted - toxic.

    There is no dispute possible about the fact that the present means of killing horses is inappropriate for flight animals (especially those with long flexible necks). We could tell you horror stories that would curl your hair. The brutality, the fraud, the deceit - do you know that horse theft goes down when slaughter is eliminated in an area? And the plants' disregard for the inadequate regulations that do exist is just about complete.

    We want this despicable industry shut down. It brought no profits to the US, as the plant owners were and are not American companies, and its products are not consumed by Americans, nor are they likely to be. So, given that the market will still be offshore, thus requiring higher storage and shipping costs than a domestic market, profit pressure will continue to mandate the current brutal approach, because it would be too expensive to make it humane. And the will is and was not there even to make it as humane as it could be.

    So, the last thing we need is some smart-aleck pushing donkey meat as a food to save the world. I think it is irresponsible of CNN to publish this article.

    March 21, 2012 at 3:37 pm |
  48. tiggy98

    Fact: During the meat boycott in the 1970's horse meat rotted off the shelves. Fact: The FDA classifies all Equidaies as companion animals and not livestock. Fact: Anyone who eats horses or their cousins is violating a Federal statute as this meat has to be inspected by the USDA.Fact: 80% of Americans are against the slaughter of horses, ponies (these are their own species), donkeys, mules and hinnies.

    I think that CNN was having a slow news day to post this article which details a man whom is so far removed from the majority of the people of the United States that he is an agitator and just craves attention. I will no longer watch CNN.

    March 21, 2012 at 3:21 pm |
    • SixDegrees

      Well, not that it makes any difference since you've stopped watching CNN, but...no. Do at least a wee bit of research before posting.

      March 21, 2012 at 3:23 pm |
  49. enny

    I don't understand you people, this site is to spit out comments but some of you are attacking each others comment. Why can't you just leave it alone whatever comment other people have. We have different opinions and respect it.

    March 21, 2012 at 3:18 pm |
    • Robert

      I agree 100%. I will go only as far as respectfully contesting when people state either opinions, or objective falsities as facts. But I wish people could leave the blatant disrespect out of these discussions.

      March 26, 2012 at 6:48 pm |
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