Horse meat sold as beef in U.K. and France.
Horse meat as a health issue has been addressed both state side and internationally; it is safe for human consumption, so long as the horse has been humanely raised and fed a natural diet. However, if injected with drugs, the horse loses its edible nature which presents a problem if the meat finds its way to testing facilities.
In a recent UK survey of yearly meat consumption only 0.1% of the group ate veal. The male calves, which cannot produce milk, are shot 24-48 hours after birth due to a lack of local demand for their meat and the need to preserve milk for the females. Perhaps, instead of only exporting horse meat the UK can also export veal to France and the US where consumption is greater?
The new spending bill that was passed lifted a 5-year-old ban on the slaughter of horses for meat which kept horse slaughterhouses from opening in the U.S. The problem with horse meat is that many US and UK residents feel fondly for horses. Perhaps the best solution would be to export the meat elsewhere such as Switzerland, Japan or South America for example so long as better drug checks were in place.
In both these cases the issue of humane treatment is what sparked consumers to stop purchasing these meats. Compared to the average veal yearly consumption of 4 pounds consumed in 1980, today’s American only consumes 5% of that. The E.U has already put a stop to the inhumane raising of cattle and the US will do so by 2017