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sign above an horse butchery Horsemeat is not very prometed in Germany. To injustice, as we mean, because it has very valuable characteristics and offers an interesting enriching of the food note. Purpose of this site is to offer some information about this topic and to suggest to try out this kind of meat.

In addition, we would like to invite you to think about meat consumption in general, somehow more. As for ourself, we really do like horses, and the single tought of slaughtering such friendly and intimitate animal for meat production is certainly strange.
The arguments with this topic are worthwhile themselves, because meat should not  be a mass product, which is devourated in a careless way. Anyone who eats meat, should spend some thoughts about  of the animal which provided it. And one  should take a stand for the animals as activeley as possible (please see also horses and humans)

How to describe horsemeat?

fresh horsemeat products, usually offered by horse butcheries

What are the horsemeat products?

Classical German horsemeat products are probably broiled meat balls and special sausages. The quality of this products is actually better than all the comparable of this kind.

tinned and vacuum packed horsemeat products (Equinox, Belgium) Beyond that almost well-known butcher products there are a rich assortment of fresh and processed meat products. Fresh meat will be braised or roasted but rarely boiled in water. Smoked ham and tongue are specialities one should try out once.

Meat and sausages are usually offered freshly at  horse butcher's shops. Some restaurants also offer the possibility of becoming acquainted with horsemeat dishes. In other countries memories and vacuum packed products are also usual. They are common in the stock of the supermarkets in France and Begium.

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Why horsemeat is healty?

Some facts about horsemeat production:

Perhaps only a few people may know that horsemeat belongs to the most interesting products of the meat industry. The slaughterbound horse - sculpture by Andreas Tiedemann, Lübeck As differently as its importance in diffrent culture areas, so eventfully is its history as food.

The way horsemeat is produced, are very different. In Germany and some other european countries its importance as food is quite small. The produced quantities are pretty steady low. In Germany, approximatly 4,000 tons horsemeat are produced each year, for wich about 15,000 horses are slaughtered. This seems to be much, however, compared with the cattle slaughtering, the natioanl production of horsemeat is very little.
Each year, a considerable overstock of slaughter-horses remains, horses which are exported alive in an irresponsible way.

In Germany horse slaughtering is usually done in small family businesses, in which the occupation of the horse butcher kept as traditional handicraft. The slaughtered horse - sculpture by Andreas Tiedemann, Lübeck Many of them show that one can manufacture butcher certifications of high quality, without making the animals suffer. It may be very interesting for you to inform yourself about this type of butcher generation, since the local manufacture work is often is combined with modern technique and high hygienic guidelines:
In some European and non-European countries, the consumption of horsemeat is substantially higher than in Germany. This requirement is covered partly by horsebreeding for meat production. To raise horses for this purpose seems pecular for our culture, but under other countries conditions it may be sensible. For this reasons, we have collected some related informations:

Because horsebreeding countries and countries, where horsemeat is consumed on large amounts are not always the same, there is an considerable amount of trade with horsemeat and also, particulary in europe, with livestock horses for slaughter. So slaughterbound horses sometimes were transported over long distances. In the past, such transports were the subject of protests in the public by animal protection organisations. Today there are strongly controlled rules by the European Union for any treatment of slaughterbound animals as such as their transports.

Horsemeat consumption and cruelty to animals are totaly apart from each other. Violations against animal protection disparages horsemeat as a valuable foodstuff. Therefore today also transporting companies as such as slaughtering plants are interested in an successful and up to date animal protection.

Slaughtering plants are working with modern equipment and are corresponding to standards of the European Union. So an constant control of quality is guaranteed. Modern slaughtering plants don't purchasing old, starved nags any more but only slaughterbound colts and young, feeded horses as such as muscular adult horses in best healty condition. The butchers handicraft - sculpture by Andreas Tiedemann, Lübeck

Two main suppliers of slaughterbound horses in Europe are Poland and Romania. For both countries the horsemeat business got an considerable economical importance and is therefore also important for the inhabitants. The origin of the animals is split up into two different parts: The first one are young slaughterbound horses and colts, wich are raised for meat production. In this cases, the feeding of slaughterbound horses and colts opens the possibility of some extra money for rather small farms, wich raised the parent animals as working horses. The second part are adult animals, wich are selling to the meat market after their usage as working horses. So there is a further sensible economical use for this animals.

In contrary to moral objections somebody should take into account that particulary in agricultural embossed regions horses are economical determined. It involves much more animal protection to use their meat as long as they are in an muscular and healty condition than an endless and often painful usage of over-aged working horses. For this reason in the past the first horse butcheries in Europe were founded by animal protectors.

The consumption of meat has an cultural value. An respectful and careful treatment of all animals for slaughter belongs to the quality of meat. As for the horses, it seems, that this requirement is better fulfilled than for other animals. But some negative appearences remains, which must be overcome step by step. The authors of this site are activeley engaged for a positive developement.

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