The Thing Under the Rock Speaks
(Before you start, I want to apologize for ruining your day by placing this before you. Perhaps you might consider this a humor piece, but it isn’t. This is the way the slaughter activists actually think. What I find interesting is how Donk plays with facts, and how he is foaming at the mouth over the wild horses. Only a small portion of DD’s insanity is printed here. If you want to waste your time and read the full article – CLICK HERE – Jerry)
By DAVID A. DUQUETTE
Anti-slaughter activists horse around with the truth
For the Capital Press
The discovery of horse meat in European products labeled otherwise has touched off a flurry of global reaction and over-reaction.
While animal rights groups frantically maneuvered the story in support of their effort to ban human consumption of horses, a more significant effect of the publicity and inevitable jokes — Do we have to worry about sea horse meat in Fish McBites? — has been to reduce the shudder factor surrounding horse as a menu choice.
If a horse is unwanted and out of options, why not humanely repurpose it as a protein source? Suddenly, this notion appears less cringeworthy, if not downright palatable.
Since horse meat galloped into the headlines, curiosity-seekers have driven sales of 100 percent horse burgers at a pair of London pubs, The Lord Nelson and The Three Compasses, through the roof. One establishment offers patties in a range of theme-named portions, from the bite-sized 2-ounce “Shetland” to the hearty “Triple Trojan.” They’re served with a variety of toppings, including grilled onions, black pepper mayonnaise, fried egg, brie and jalapenos.
Embracing America’s equines both as a potential entrée and a beloved partner for work or recreation is a reasonable and well-rounded view that the animal rights movement desperately wants to offset. Opponents of horse processing insist we can’t love horses and eat them, yet the only support for this opinion is rooted in cultural bias and emotion.
Heartfelt affection aside, we need options for our country’s excess horse population, both domestic and feral. Consider that the wild horse herds on U.S. public land double in size approximately every four years, and according to the Bureau of Land Management, the wild population already exceeds available resources by 11,000 animals. The BLM spent more than $72 million on these horses last year, and the majority of that, $43 million, was the cost to care for the 50,717 wild horses in captivity.
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