On November 18, Congress reversed a decision in 2006 that banned the inspection (and therefore the sale) of horse meat, which is to say the slaughter of horses for meat is now legal in the United States. Of course, there aren’t yet any slaughterhouses processing horses, so for the moment it’s hypothetical.
I know that in the abstract it shouldn’t be any worse than slaughtering cows or pigs or chickens, but there’s really no line of reasoning that can diminish my shock at the thought of eating a horse. A United States in which I could pick up a horseburger at the McDonald’s drive thru, or read in a cookbook the best way to grill a horsesteak is a bizarro one.
And certainly Marylanders won’t stand for this. With our culture of horse riding, racing, and arabbing, I imagine even the more gastronomically adventurous among us might think twice before sampling Seabiscuit’s great-great-grandson.
At least we can expect not to see horseburgers being served at Pimlico any time soon.