AR-News: (US) Horses sold at auction could end up on dinner plate

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Thu Nov 27 09:42:27 EST 2003

[opinion from South Bend Tribune]

You might be settled in front of the TV set right now, watching the Macy's
Thanksgiving Day Parade.

As the aroma of roasting turkey wafts from the kitchen, you're hungry
enough to eat one of those horses prancing down Broadway en route to
Herald Square.

Hungry enough to eat a horse?

That's more than a cliché in some parts of the world.

In fact, it is possible that horses sold in northern Indiana could end up
in someone's stomach halfway around the world.
When mad cow disease turned many Europeans against beef, some of them
turned to horse as a substitute.

Only two U.S. slaughterhouses -- Beltex Corp. and Dallas Crown Inc., both
in Texas -- butcher horses for human consumption. Between the two of them,
they send 42,000 to 62,000 pounds of horse meat to international markets

Central Nebraska Packing in North Platte, Neb., processes about 4 million
pounds a year for use as feed in U.S. zoos.

Steven Cohen, a spokesman for the Food Safety Inspection Service of the
USDA, said it's not illegal to consume horse meat in the United States,
but it's just not done.

Last year, 42,663 horses were slaughtered for food, Cohen said.
Nancy J. Sulok's columns appear on Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays. You can
reach her at nsulok at, or by writing c/o South Bend Tribune, 225
W. Colfax Ave., South Bend, IN 46626, telephone (574) 235-6234.

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