Mexican Livestock Association Finding Meat Alternatives

What they meaning by “alternatives” is horse meat. Could it be that since Europe is no longer buying the numbers of horses for meat that once were that Mexico now has a surplus? Let us know your thoughts – on this post on our website, Facebook and Twitter! ~ HfH

From: KRGV

CALLEN –
Beef prices are at an all-time in Reynosa, Mexico. The concern prompted a livestock association to find other alternatives for consumers. They think horse meat could be the answer.

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Gildardo Lopez, president of Reynosa Livestock Association, said studies showed that horse meat is cheaper than beef. He said Mexican consumers pay up to $13 for two pounds of beef, compared to the $7 they would spend on horse meat.

“We’re trying to focus on helping the low to middle class citizens,” Lopez said. “The high prices of beef increased significantly. In the world market it went up about 300 percent. Our alternative is to sacrifice horses for human consumption.”

Lopez said horses between the ages of 3 to 5 will be target for human consumption. The first animal will be prepared at a local slaughter house on Wednesday.

On Friday, the livestock association will invite the public to a Reynosa meat market, where they will offer a variety of dishes for consumers to try for free. They will also provide nutritional information.

“Studies show horse meat is nutritious,” Lopez said. “It doesn’t have grease. It’s low in cholesterol. It’s high in protein and rich in iron and other vitamins.”

Officials said it will likely take a while before local residents buy in on the concept of consuming horse meat.

The process of educating the public will be essential.

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AUTHOR: Amber Barnes
10 Comments
  • Michelle Bellinger

    We have to STOP that line of thinking. I am SICK of people who THINK they HAVE to eat meat 24/7. History AND scientific/medical Heracles has PROVEN MAN DOES NOT LIVE ON MEAT ALONE! We are a gluttons species with no thought about Compassion or humanity when it comes to our guts. MORE.graphic images should be Out there in the Main stream for the public to SEE the horrendous process of Horse Slaughter from roundups to the Killing! Mexico does NOT strike me as a country that gives a damn about HUMANE………
    .IF I am wrong.I apologize!

    October 1, 2015
  • Kymberly Haas

    I suppose their next thought process would be consuming dogs or cats if horse meat prices get too high. Then when dog and cat meat prices go up, maybe they will eat each other. Our beef prices in the US are high too, but we are not turning to horses as the alternative. That would be immoral & wrong. Horses are animals, not livestock. We do not raise horses in the US for human consumption; however, the overbreeding creates a surplus of horses, due to the AQHA and horse sporting/show industries, that are purchased by KB’s at auctions, that are shipped to Canada or Mexico, for slaughter, then for consumption in other countries. It MUST stop. Regardless of any alternative method they choose, to the prices will go up anyway, due to supply and demand. I say Mexico should not eat beef if they can’t afford it, and stick to cheaper alternatives, such as pork or chicken. If they can’t afford that either, thenbecome vegetarians. Horse meat can be toxic for human consumption based any the multiple drugs that are used in our horse industry and not for use in animals tobe used for food!!!!!! Regardless, do not eat horse meat!!!!

    October 1, 2015
  • mustang man

    Interesting, Reynosa is spitting distance over the TX border, I will assume they have not been slaughtering horses there since this seems to be a new market for them the way the article sounds. Not surprising though, Mexico has been eating horses since the birth of Mexico, they also raise iguanas for eating and the lower income people have eaten dog for as long as possible as well. I suppose that they, unlike anti slaughter, us) will spend big bucks on advertising to promote this “New” source of meat at the prices they are willing to offer it at. We can all meet at Starbucks and discuss the horrible situation over biscotti and $8.00 lattes everyday and wonder where the funds should come from for our advertising and education programs…

    October 1, 2015
  • Robynne Catheron

    WE MUST GET THE SAFE ACT PASSED. There is no other way to protect American horses.

    It’s an understatement that this turns my stomach. Mexican slaughterhouses are unbelievably barbaric. Once the horse is in the kill box, they use a knife called a puntilla to stab it repeatedly in the spine until the horse is paralyzed enough to not evade the captive bolt.

    If you don’t know what a puntilla is or you can’t imagine how any human being is capable of doing this hour after hour, day after day to a living being, just Google the words Mexican horse slaughter puntilla, click on images, and prepare for the most horrific look you will ever see on a horse’s face. May God bless you with a heart and soul if the images don’t disturb you to your very core.

    PLEASE, please contact your Senators and Representatives today and implore them to co-sponsor the SAFE Act (S.1121 or H.R.3268) IMMEDIATELY. Call them and leave a message with their aide, then follow up with an email.

    Please be the voice of our horses.

    October 1, 2015
    • Daniel Cordero

      Hi Robynne,

      A puntilla is a pointy knife with a blade similar to a dagger. It is not designed to cut but to stab. Think of an ice pick and you will get the point.

      It is not used in preparation for the captive bolt but as a replacement to it in small, municipally-owned plants as well as privately owned ones not subject to federal inspection. The large, federally inspected plants that kill the bulk of horses in Mexico use a captive bolt like in the US or Canada.

      October 2, 2015
  • Robynne Catheron

    Ugh, the article is so full of ignorance, and of course, there is no option for comments.

    October 1, 2015
  • Gail Wiot

    You are all right. It’s unfortunate that they don’t realize that they are consuming very toxic meat. Again, who will eating this meat??
    Disgusting?? How much are the criminals and the very rich slaughter companies in Europe and Canada going to pay these people? 70 to 100 people were able to be present at the Safe Food, Safe Horse march in Washington, DC on Sept. 29th. Everyone should be extremely proud because the Horse Warriors came from both shores and in between. From the West coast-California to the coast of Washington state, Arizona, Louisiana, Texas, Illinois, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and the state of Florida. The impact was truly felt as some of the Legislators watched our program from the balcony. Now it’s up to everyone on this blog to make calls and write letters. WE MUST STOP our horses and other equines from leaving US shores!!

    October 1, 2015
  • cynthia curtis

    This is pretty sick thinking to consider horse meat as a viable food source;only the ill informed and ignorant populace would incorporate this meat into their diet. Besides health risks,morally it is deplorable! Foreign countries seem to be united in this,so what we must do here in the US is stop horse exports to these lands where horses,dogs and cats are commonly eaten. We must pass the SAFE act!! Call your Congress reps and consider boycotting the beef industry which has played a role in this continued sick saga of horse roundups,horse abuse in holding pens,sales to kill buyers for their export to countries for slaughter and food. It’s a crime!

    October 1, 2015
  • Barbara Scott

    I hope the mother f…..s eat each other. We need to do a sting operation. Make these Idiots wish they had NEVER thought about “Horse Meat”.
    Disgusting Selfish Pigs. It’s always about ME ME ME.

    October 2, 2015
  • Daniel Cordero

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    Daniel Cordero Fernandez
    2:37 AM
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    There are no words to express how sickening and revolting this “horsemeartfest” is. Not only slaucholesterolring horses is wrong but feeding this toxic meat to the underclasses is plain evil.

    But besides this I think it is time to offer some facts on the actual properties of horsemeat:

    – Toxicity: Two different reports conducted in Mexico and Canada by European authorities confirmed that US horses are not safe to eat… that they are not ‘food’.

    – Fraud: All stages of horsemeat production are riddled with fraud. If this horsemeat pushers association could pass it off as beef and sell it throughout the world no doubt they will do… so much for “we are not going to dupe anybody”.

    – Crime: Taking into account that loose horses at kill auction go for $270-300 and that KBs are thought to make about $200 out of each one, it is hard to figure out how they can offer such low prices… leading to question how these horses where sources. In fact, a recent report commissioned by the British Dept of Agriculture (DEFRA) in light of the EU horsemeat scandal pointed at a connectiin between drug cartels and increasing food fraud. It is speculated that this “horsemeatfest” might be the brainchild of Jose Hernandez, a Mexican meat baron that co-owns Valley Meats in NM and might have partially funded Ricky Santos push to open a new plant in the US. Connections with Duquette and other poster kids of the antihorse lobby are not ruled out.

    – “Nutritional values”: Horsemeat pushers often hype horsemeat as “rich in iron”, vitamins, low carb and so forth, like if horsemeat were some magic wonderdrug against obessity. But the truth is that such properties are largely irrelevant and are nothing but marketing hype from those who profit from their sale.

    There are no words to express how sickening and revolting this “horsemeartfest” is. Not only slaucholesterolring horses is wrong but feeding this toxic meat to the underclasses is plain evil.

    But besides this I think it is time to offer some facts on the actual properties of horsemeat:

    – Toxicity: Two different reports conducted in Mexico and Canada by European authorities confirmed that US horses are not safe to eat… that they are not ‘food’.

    – Fraud: All stages of horsemeat production are riddled with fraud. If this horsemeat pushers association could pass it off as beef and sell it throughout the world no doubt they will do… so much for “we are not going to dupe anybody”.

    – Crime: Taking into account that loose horses at kill auction go for $270-300 and that KBs are thought to make about $200 out of each one, it is hard to figure out how they can offer such low prices… leading to question how these horses where sources. In fact, a recent report commissioned by the British Dept of Agriculture (DEFRA) in light of the EU horsemeat scandal pointed at a connectiin between drug cartels and increasing food fraud. It is speculated that this “horsemeatfest” might be the brainchild of Jose Hernandez, a Mexican meat baron that co-owns Valley Meats in NM and might have partially funded Ricky Santos push to open a new plant in the US. Connections with Duquette and other poster kids of the antihorse lobby are not ruled out.

    – “Nutritional values”: Horsemeat pushers often hype horsemeat as “rich in iron”, vitamins, low carb and so forth, like if horsemeat were some magic wonderdrug against obessity. But the truth is that such properties are largely irrelevant and are nothing but marketing hype from those who profit from their sale.

    To begin with, horsemeat is not so “rich in iron” as they claim and, even if it were the body can only absorb a very small part no matter how much we take. All meats have iron and it is also present in water as disolved salts and also in legumes. In fact there is more iron in a dish of lentils than in a tenderloin filet and a bag of 2 pounds (enough for a week) costs less than a dollar. If iron were nearly as important for us as is table salt, we would be eating limonite and licking rusty metal. But I guess peddling horsemeat is more exciting for the killer buyers than mediterranean diet… besides the fact that taken so much iron will only fry your kidneys.

    As for cholesterol, it is not a question of how much has the food one takes but rather how much food food you take. All foods have cholesterol to some degree, it is a basic component of cell membranes; without it cells cannot exist. So the fact that horsemeat is leaner doesn’t make a difference at all is what ones does all day long is sitting in the sofa eating meat non-stop.

    So you see… the horsemeat hype is nothing but cheap propaganda concocted to turn what basically amounts to toxic garbage into a miraculous medicine… typical of unscrupulous con artists.

    October 2, 2015