Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Horse on Menu: Yay or Neigh? Horse Meat Given the Go-Ahead in the West, among Fierce Protests

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Horse on Menu: Yay or Neigh? Horse Meat Given the Go-Ahead in the West, among Fierce Protests

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Byline: ELOISE HANDLEY

MOST don't baulk at devouring Daisy the cow, Skippy the kangaroo or Peter Rabbit, so would tucking into Mister Ed make you cringe?

A butcher in Western Australia was recently given the green light to serve horse meat for human consumption and has created uproar, with online petitions and protests flooding in.

It's a first for Australia, and if there is a big demand for the meat, horse sangas and stews may soon be a possibility for the Sunshine State.

Allora Butchery owner Grant Lollback said he would not mind trying the dish Co which celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay has served up in the past Co if "cooked correctly".

"I'm daring, I'd give it a go," Mr Lollback said.

"But I don't think I'd stock it, there'd have to be a fair few people asking for it for me to have it."

Allora's king of meat said his spread of offerings sometimes included the exotic.

"(Yesterday) morning a lady came in asking for venison and I've had a guy ask for buffalo but I couldn't find any for him. If people ask for something, I try and get it in for them."

While Southern Downs steeds can relax in the paddock Co for now Co the exportation of horse meat began in Australia in the 1970s.

The Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service data shows Japan was the greatest consumer of Aussie horse meat and from 2006 to 2007, 2320 tonnes of horse meat was exported to 14 countries with the total value of exports in 2006 to 2007 $10.3 million.

The Australian Government's Department of Agriculture 2009 data shows there are about 1.2 million horses in Australia, including about 400,000 feral horses.

Horse meat generally comes from failed or retired sport horses and feral horses.

"Between 30,000 and 40,000 horses are processed for (overseas) human and (domestic) pet consumption annually," the report states. …

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