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Horse meat for the consumer:

  • Environment: Mankind must reduce its methane emission. The horse, unlike cattle, lam, deer, is not a ruminant, digesting its roughage emitting substantially less methane than the latter. Meathorses managed equally to extensive cattle ranching, purely grass fed on natural rangeland should be the natural form of producing red meat as environmentally sound as it might get
  • Animal wellbeing: Pure grass feeding and free ranging on natural pasture land on many acre large divisions over animal’s entire lifespan
  • It is a noble meat. Lean, tender, of excellent taste

Horse meat production in the case of Uruguay (conditions in the Pampa region of Argentina are similar):

There are three small to medium size slaughterhouses in Uruguay, processing some part of the country’s retired work horses, when circumstances make it viable to send them to slaughter, some 50,000 animals per year. 100% of the meat is exported, mainly to France, Italy, Belgium. Uruguayans don’t eat horse meat. In the land of the world’s highest ratio of cattle per capita beef is rather inexpensive.
As reference, some 3M cattle is being slaughtered annually and some 80% is exported
As of August 2018 there are no ranchers yet in Uruguay who rear horses solely for meat production.

With both consumers and legislation ever more demanding, rightfully, meat production to have the smallest possible impact on environment and climate, horsemeat production in Uruguay, grass fed on natural rangeland can fulfill that.

  • The Uruguay Pampa is a natural grassland. It was never covered by forest or savanna, cleared to create pasture
  • No human food, like grains or soya, is consumed to feed animals
  • No water, surface or groundwater, is consumed. The animal food, the grass grazed, grows by rainfall alone
  • No land is consumed which would otherwise serve the production of other human food, from today's point of view. Uruguay’s rangelands that by today have not been converted to crop land but remain rangeland, pasture land, are by a large part not suitable to be crop land

With regard to cattle meat, Uruguay is already a producer that markets its beef as a natural prime product („Uruguay Grass Fed Beef“)

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