Why all the horsemeat?
March 3, 2013 10:43 PM Subscribe
I've followed the hooplah in Europe from a distance and am puzzled as to where all this horsemeat is coming from.
posted by col_pogo to society & culture (23 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I mean, some cursory googling tells me that horsemeat is cheaper than beef and that there are some 7 million horses in Europe (to 90-odd million cattle), so I get where and why to some degree.
But why are there so many horses being raised in the first place?
Is the meat all coming from racehorses or horses ridden for pleasure that simply die of old age/injuries? Would that produce enough to make a noticeable difference in the mystery meat supply chain (up to 29% of the meat in some samples)? Or are they being raised specifically for meat?
If so, why? If horsemeat is cheaper than beef--because it's less desireable, presumably--I would have thought it would more sense to just raise cattle instead. Elsewhere around the world you generally don't see horses raised for meat, so I would have thought they were energetically/temperamentally/economically or otherwise unsuited to the business. What am I missing?
Apologies for any anguish my question causes to horse lovers out there.