Since pork is "the other white meat," what does that make horse? Once a staple of the pioneer diet and a source of nourishment during wartime, horse meat may return to American tables.
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management periodically rounds up and stores wild horses on federal land, a practice that's been criticized from both sides of the political spectrum. Animal rights activists decry it as wanton cruelty, while ranchers criticize the BLM, which spent $66.1 million in 2010 on these captured horses, for creating an equine welfare system. Almost everyone, except the BLM, thinks the policy is ineffective.
For ranchers, the solution is simple: revive the West's tradition of horse ranching and meat processing.
At the recent Summit of the Horse, a Las Vegas convention organized by ranchers who want to revive the nation's horse slaughter industry, former U.S. Rep Charlie Stenholm (D-Texas) said: "The Chinese are chomping at the bit to buy our horses. The Russians are chomping at the bit to buy our horses. Why can't we sell it to them?"
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How would you like that black stallion slider? Medium-rare, cheddar on top, hold the pickles.