Australia approves horse meat consumption

July 9th, 2010 - 8:27 pm ICT by IANS  

Sydney, July 9 (IANS) Australians will be able to consume horse meat for the first time after the authorities gave their approval for slaughtering the animals.
Horse meat is consumed around the world, with horse sushi served in Japan, horse milk lattes in Belgium and horse tartare and horse steak sold in restaurants in Edinburgh, Britain.

In late June, Terry Redman, Western Australia state minister for agriculture and food, approved the slaughter of horses for human consumption, the Sydney Morning Herald reported Friday.

Vince Garreffa, owner of the Mondo Di Carne gourmet butchers, will become the first man in the country to serve horse meat.

Garreffa, nicknamed the “Prince of Flesh”, claimed that people from ethnic groups enjoyed the meat and bought it from nondescript stores.

It was a little known fact that around 50,000 to 70,000 horses were slaughtered in Australia every year for human consumption in other parts of the world. It was time to end the hypocrisy, Garreffa said.

“It’s not going to be big business, it’s not a money making venture, it’s all about supplying the ethnic community with something they grew up with,” he said.

Meanwhile, award-winning chef Hadleigh Troy said he had served up unusual meats, including squirrel and raven, while working in London.

“Plenty of people would try them, but most people wouldn’t try it again afterwards,” he said.

But the approval for humans to consume horses has met with outrage in some regions. A petition to stop the sale of horse meat for human consumption has 1,876 signatures so far.

“Horses have served humans for centuries and this is the way we treat them for their loyalty,” the petition read.

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