Monday, September 8, 2008

Should American horses be killed for food?

I don't know how I missed this article back when it first ran, but I just found it a few days ago:

House considers ban on killing horses for food

Honestly, it freaks me out that people oversees actually eat horses the way they would cows or pigs. But then again, I'm a flexitarian (primarily vegetarian, but not strictly so), so I have some difficulties with the concept of eating animals in general.

The thing that bugs me most is that horses are typically work animals and companions, and who the heck eats their friends? If you don't have a horse and don't understand what I mean, just substitute dog or cat for horse. Can you imagine cuddling up with your pets and knowing that others just like them are currently being eaten in other countries?

So no, I don't think American horses ought to be slaughtered for food. If overpopulation is a problem (which it is), let's focus on placing limits on breeding, rather than destroying lives already in existence.

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