31 December 2008

Delicious Horse Meat

Why are we upset by such a headline? Horse meat? Considered a delicacy in Japan and France, horses are not something Canadians will eat.

Seems like there is an over abundance of race horse owners who are frustrated by a pending court case that has closed harness-racing tracks in Quebec. Owners say they cannot afford to keep their horses at $2000 a year so are selling them to the slaughter houses.

"Yves Filion says he's had a lifelong passion for horse racing, but as Quebec's troubled industry plunges deeper into uncertainty, he wonders what the future holds for himself -- and his trotters.

A pending court case has led to the indefinite closure of Quebec's harness-racing tracks and, to brace for the financial fallout, the veteran horseman already has dispatched a pair of his prizewinner-producing mares.

"I sent them to the abattoir," he said in an interview at his stable, Bayama Farms Inc., in St-Andre-D'Argenteuil, northwest of Montreal.

The casualties included 11-year-old Pacific Terrific -- the mother of Bayama standard bred racehorses Cherry Grove and Charming Ideal.

"It's sad, but I didn't have a choice," he said. "If the industry looked good for the future I wouldn't have had to send them over there. I would have kept them."

...The horsemeat industry in Canada has grown since the United States banned horse slaughterhouses in 2007, when Canadian producers began importing more animals for slaughter.

From the start of 2008 until the end of November, Canadian abattoirs slaughtered more than 100,000 horses, says Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. "

Where is the compassion for the dear little lambs and sweet baby cows or for all the other non-plant food we ingest in massive amounts throughout our lives?

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