I got an e mail on another list that I belong to, and I recieved the same e mail, about 6x in one day, talking about inhumane ways of treating Horses, being slaughtered for meat to be shipped overseas.
(I'm not going to start debating this here, so don't hit rant mode yet.....)
My thoughts are along a different vein....
What I think is interesting is that in those traditional cultures where Horse was *occasionally* consumed as a food item, the Horse was simultaneously the most venerated and beloved animal... there's an old Norse saying "Marr er Manns Fylgia" "The Horse is a Person's fetch" (i.e. double, spirit guardian, soul).
The same folks who believed that the horse of all animals was closest on a
spiritual level to human beings, also ate horsemeat as part of sacred or
otherwise important meals.
We have to assume that the slaughtering of such an animal would have been
done with the utmost respect, of course...
Now, sadly, we grind these noble animals up and feed them to our dogs...
Interesting, isn't it? A food sacred to Pagan culture becomes "demonized"
and forbidden by the later religious hegemony, then in our more secular
society, simply becomes "unclean" or "non-food" and we end up feeding only
to other animals...
Lemme know what you think.