I ran across this recipe while doing a little research on horse slaughter (the Nevada Farm Bureau is suing the Bureau of Land Management because they want the federal agency to round up what’s left of America’s wild horses and send them to slaughter) so… thought I’d share:
Horse Meat & Tripe Stew with Spinach (for the entire recipe, click here for Food.com)
- 1 lb horse meat
- 1/2 tripe (cleaned and washed)
- 1/2 lb liver
- 1 beef heart
- 1 cup spinach
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 21/2 onions
- kale (fresh, for serving)
Cut the horse meat into serving sized pieces saute until brown. Halfway through frying, add chopped onion, liver, heart, and continue frying. When done, pour 2 cups broth into the pot. Add washed tripe and spinach. Bring to a boil, then lower heat and cover. Let simmer for 1 hour. Stew should be thick. Serve over fresh kale.
Now, you might have to go to Canada or Mexico to get the horse meat, but we ship those countries about 150,000 of our unwanted equines for slaughter anyway, so your meat will probably be home grown in the USA. No worries.
That is, as long as you’re not too concerned about the unregulated administration of numerous chemical substances to horses before slaughter, which according to official reports “are known to be dangerous to humans, untested on humans, or specifically prohibited for use in animals raised for human consumption.”
If travel is out of the question, however, you can always buy imported horse meat online.
Check out My Brittle Pony, which is horse meat jerky seasoned with “Guinness, onions, garlic, fresh herbs and Soy Sauce and is guaranteed to contain no horse substitute such as beef.”
It costs £3.50… and you can pay with Pay Pal.
But if the Nevada Farm Bureau has its way, we won’t have to travel or use currency converters to buy horse meat. A majority of the country’s last wild horses live in Nevada, and that state seems ready to cash in on one of its most popular natural resources.
According to reports published in the last week, the Nevada Farm Bureau and the Nevada Association of Counties want the BLM to round up just about as many remaining wild horses as they can. The BLM argues that it’s already housing about 50,000 wild horses it’s already captured and can’t afford to take in many more.
The Nevada Farm Bureau has an answer, however: The BLM should “destroy” horses that are deemed unadoptable.
Before I forget, if you’d like a recipe for Pasta with Horse Meat Sauce, click here >
I decided, after doing my research, to write a little note of complaint to the Nevada Farm Bureau. My concern was that MY tax dollars would be spent on an inevitably expensive lawsuit that seemed doomed to failure from the start.
The numbers just didn’t add up.
The Nevada Farm Bureau argues that there are too many wild horses on public lands. But there are only about 30,000 wild horses left, and since public lands seem perfectly able to support 1.75 million head of livestock (that belong to private ranchers), what exactly is the problem?
So, I spent a great deal of time trying to compose my email. I spent half an hour on the salutation alone, because it was important that I use the right tone of diplomacy but still get my point across.
To Whom it May Concern:
Dear Members of the Board of the Nevada Farm Bureau:
I took a few breaks and during that time found recipes for Foal Goulash, for Horse Meat Burger with Feta Cheese, and Horse Meat Sashimi.
I even found The Horse Meat Recipe Exchange Club on Facebook, which used this as their last post:
They are so clever.
After several agonizing hours of composing my email – complete with footnotes, bullet points and sheer legal poetry – I deleted it all.
They’d never read it. From years working as a political press secretary, I know how little time bureaucrats have to read long-winded complaints from actual people. So what was the point?
The point was there are more wild horses being held by the United States Government in long-term holding facilities than there are left in the wild.
The point was that most Americans view horses as companion animals who are no more wanted at the dinner table than puppies.
The point was horse slaughtering practices have been proven to be cruel and inhumane, and to take one of America’s icons and stab it in the head so private ranchers can raise their cattle on our public lands is about as un-American as I hope most of us hope it gets.
The point was…
I decided the best way to make my point was to get right to the point and, in summary, wrote:
“Dear Whomever: You’re quite the assholes, aren’t you?”
I don’t know if the email got through or not. They haven’t responded, so I have no way of knowing. I sent it to the address they listed on their web site – firstname.lastname@example.org – but I haven’t heard a peep.
If any of you want to give it a try, let me know how it works out.
Horse Meat Burger with Feta Cheese