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Eating Horse Meat is Good for Animal Welfare? Say What?!

Eating Horse Meat is Good for Animal Welfare?

In a speech at the annual conference of the charity, World Horse Welfare, Princess Anne is quoted as saying, “Should we be considering a real market for horsemeat and would that reduce the number of welfare cases if there was a real value in the horsemeat sector? …. I chuck that out for what it’s worth because I think it needs a debate.”

Spark a debate it has, with a multitude of opinions that have immediately deflated the argument that selling horses for meat would encourage people to take better care of them. The most obvious being that the billions of animals eaten each year are not respected or taken care of.

She continued, “The value of the animal to every individual is slightly different, but if it has real financial value then you look a little bit further ahead in the way you look after your animals.”

Perhaps, but it seems that the majority of people who choose to care for a companion animal like a horse or dog, do so not for future financial benefit, but for the emotional connection they share with their animal.

The Princess’ comments come after the very publicized horse meat scandal in which horse meat ended up in some “beef” products in a number of popular UK supermarkets. Arbitrary designations of which animals are used for food aside, people do have a right to know what’s in their products.

In the U.S., the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act (H.R. 1094/S. 541) would permanently end horse slaughter by amending the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to make it “illegal for horses or their meat to be sold or transported in interstate commerce by anyone who knows that they are intended for human consumption.”

We already have too many abused animals in our worldwide food supply, there is absolutely no reason to add another, especially under the guise of improving animal welfare.

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45 comments on “Eating Horse Meat is Good for Animal Welfare? Say What?!”

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Shakti Energy
4 Years Ago

let princess anne go live in the REAL WORLD, then lets have a talk.... IDIOT....

Alfredo Vinci
4 Years Ago

I love horse meat, delicious

Susan Chappelle
4 Years Ago

Princess Anne should be careful. She has a horsey face.... someone just might haul her off to the meat market too. Bitch.

Tara Collard-Pauley
4 Years Ago

What is wrong with people!!!??? How can you destroy such a majestic and beautiful creature or ANY animal for that matter! Just sick!

Brandy Welch
4 Years Ago

Well lets see. How are other animals sold for consumption treated currently? Pigs.. bad, chickens... bad, cows...bad.... hhmm I dont really see much evidence here. :(

Gwen McLean
4 Years Ago

I thought Princess Anne was a horsewoman. I can see she's very concerned about the "welfare cases." Let them eat horse meat. Gee, there's ignorant rich people in the U.K., also.

Sara V Tyhurst
4 Years Ago


Amy Elizabeth Neal
4 Years Ago

Linda! It's highly unnecessary to name call! I am a vegan and was seriously wondering why people are opposed to eating horses in particular. You're not a very nice person are you Linda?

Judi Miranda Ozuna
4 Years Ago

NO!!! NO!! No !!!!!

Lily Byrne
4 Years Ago

She didn't exactly say that, something has to be done about the mistreatment of animals and she is highlighting the plight of many horses. At least it made the news, at least Joe Public heard it, at least it may spark debate. What a pathetic state of affairs that horses are being left to starve in fields because they are perceived as worthless. I would never eat horse meat, I am not saying that is the answer to this barbarism. Of course I would rather that animal are all treated humanely, even if that sometimes means euthanasia, it's what I would want for myself, rather than suffer. I'm not a Royalist either, but, I think often people have an often coloured view of what is actually said, for whatever reason. The core issue here isn't eating horses or not, it's about horse cruelty and neglect on a mammoth scale. Whether she asks for it to be debated or not, we have countryside awash with neglected animals, we are transporting live horses to the continent for slaughter, it's happening now. I would absolutely hate to see herds of horses raised for meat, hate it, but, I think her point is, IF they were, would it prevent abandonment, if the animal had a value? Debate is what she called for, at least that was the speech I saw.


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