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heckles
06-14-2011, 05:03 AM
There's a US black market for horse meat, but it's not zoos (proper zoos don't buy fresh, they buy sourced carnivore diets, big cat farms have more people wanting to surrender livestock than they could ever accommodate these days), it's for people who want to eat it.


The three major horse slaughterhouses that were ordered closed in 2007, two in Texas and one in Illinois, sold horse meat to US zoos in addition to the Euro market. One of the Texas facilities, Dallas Crown, sold the majority of its horse meat to zoos.

Octoberopals
06-21-2011, 05:27 AM
While the 'young' daughters are doing all the cleaning, cooking, & taking care of the younger siblings, where in the devil is the Adult Mother??????

danceronice
06-21-2011, 03:08 PM
The three major horse slaughterhouses that were ordered closed in 2007, two in Texas and one in Illinois, sold horse meat to US zoos in addition to the Euro market. One of the Texas facilities, Dallas Crown, sold the majority of its horse meat to zoos.

Wandering off topic--those are sourced inspected PLANTS. Or rather, they were until the AR terrorists bullied NIMBYs into getting them shut down. That's like buying processed cow meat. There is no legitimate zoo buying off the current market because there is no safely-sourced current market for US horsemeat. You'd have to bring it in from Canada and you don't feed your zoo animals off the back of the truck. Some big cat farms or hunts with dog packs will take horses and put them down with a gun (chemically euthanized carcasses are toxic waste and can't even legally be buried in most places; if you fed them the animals, you'd kill them) to feed their animals but most ZOOS are not equipped to process a large carcass.

And of course none of that's changed the slaughter market. It just means horses have to get shipped to Canada or Mexico and out of USDA jurisdiction to be processed. Hundreds go by the truckload every day, because there are way too many horses, especially paints, QHs, and fashionable color breeds like Vanners (even though you can see on the show there are types besides the paints, no one wants a plain Vanner, they want a piebald), and no one wants them all, on top of what used to be the big market--culls from working-horse herds and the ones too broken or crazy to be worth anything except what you could get per pound.