Originally Posted by jessicaromano
It's just that there will be be more cruel slaughtering around now, and people selling there horses for money because they are too lazy to pay for them and care for them and now they get rewarded for that..... and I dont like the idea going around where theyll be killing stray dogs and cats and feeding the homeless with them, a line needs to be drawn.
That's the thing though, I don't think it will have any impact whatsoever. Look at Australia, its never been illegal, but Australians simply don't eat horse meat. Like the US, its always been exported to Europe and Japan.
Over two thirds of horse meat was processed right here in Texas since we have so much cheap land, its just that it wasn't advertised and no one really knew about it for the longest time. There was never a real ban, all they did temporarily was to refuse to grant it USDA inspection, but AFAIK that didn't affect exports, and in fact was worse for horses as many were simply cramped and shipped to Mexico for processing when that big Dallas operation was shut down for various violations (doing a quick google shows around 80 thousand horses sent to Mexico in 2008 alone for example).
I don't see domestic consumption even accounting for a tiny fraction, for a couple reasons:
1) Obvious stigma since they are graceful companion animals for many Westerners
2) Its very expensive, as horses aren't nearly as efficient as converting calories to meat like ruminants.
So really you'd only likely see it in upscale restaurants due to the price, but since its taboo they would never put it on the menu in most mainstream places.