I want to comment on the recent opinion column by Brian Sorensen, “Horse meat may not taste so bad.”
He majorly misses the point because the major opposition to equine meat is that it is very unhealthy. When horses are given medicine for their health, these chemicals stay in their systems for relatively long periods of time before breaking down to healthy biological material. For humans to eat equines recently treated with antibiotics is like taking horse medicine and that is unhealthy for us.
He also misses the point by claiming that the world is overpopulated, though this is a very subjective term and the human population has yet to reach its carrying capacity. Also, horses were once part of conventional agriculture, not for food but rather for work; they were like living tractors until the 1920s and do not do well as a food source.
alumnus, class of 2011