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#1 Hum

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 14:47

TAMPA - It’s been two years since the state of Florida made the buying and selling of horse meat a felony, and the first person to be charged under the new law was recently arrested in Tampa, officials announce.

Jorge Ortega Jr, 26, was taken into custody on Nov. 6 and charged with the sale of horse meat for human consumption, according a sheriff’s office release.

Video of Ortega was recorded as he sold a 40-pound bag of meat to an undercover USDA agent during an investigation in February.

Officials say Ortega was involved with multiple slaughter farms in Citrus Park and Hillsborough, where he took part in killing horses and selling meat.

The meat was tested at a lab and it was confirmed that the product was horse meat.

The illegal sale of horse meat has been a major issue in South Florida for the last few years.

According to a USA Today report, there were at least 17 reports of horse carcasses that were found on the side of roads, cut up from meat harvesting in 2009.

Ortega was released on a $2,000 bond. He is expected to appear in court next week.

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 15:12

This is awful who could do such a thing!?

Why would they ever try and make horse meat illegal!?

I'd try it, tired of only eating cows pigs and chickens, but I'm guessing people want to limit what I could eat. :o

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 15:21

Bigger animals telling smaller animals not to eat certain other animals...

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 15:52

What a silly ban! Horse meat is delicious!

Next thing you know, they'll ban eating humans!

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 15:55

They made it illegal because people were killing wild horses and horses that were the property of other people. There wasn't really a penalty that could be proven once the horse was dead and gone, so they created this law.

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 15:55

It’s been two years since the state of Florida made the buying and selling of horse meat a felony...

:laugh:

Was there a reason for making horse meat illegal?

EDIT: Ah, thank you, episode!

Ok, well that's understandable to a degree. But if he owns the horse then it's his choice what to do with it, isn't it?

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 16:01

What a silly ban! Horse meat is delicious!


Is that good with horseradish ?

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 16:04

They made it illegal because people were killing wild horses and horses that were the property of other people. There wasn't really a penalty that could be proven once the horse was dead and gone, so they created this law.


That sounds ridiculous :s. The exact same thing could be said of cows. Why wouldn't there be any proof and a possible punishment for stealing a horse from someone? The fact that you ate it doesn't really change the previous act? Really, doesn't make sense at all.

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 00:45

That sounds ridiculous :s. The exact same thing could be said of cows. Why wouldn't there be any proof and a possible punishment for stealing a horse from someone? The fact that you ate it doesn't really change the previous act? Really, doesn't make sense at all.


There aren't 'wild' cows in Florida. Nor are cows used for anything but milk (which don't make for good meat) or slaughter. So no, the same thing cannot be said for cows.

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 01:39

There aren't 'wild' cows in Florida. Nor are cows used for anything but milk (which don't make for good meat) or slaughter. So no, the same thing cannot be said for cows.


Both are domesticated farm animals. I really don't get how killing someone's horse isn't already just as actionable a crime as killing someone's cow. It's a serious crime over here...

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 01:46

Americans… :pinch:

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 02:04

Americans… :pinch:


Note that it isn't a national law - but a law specific to a single state.

The use of USDA officials to enforce a state-level law is what I find objectionable.

If Florida sees fit to have such a unique law, let the state pay the freight - or, if they are going to use assets of the national government, at least reimburse Uncle Sam's costs.

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 02:40

But Americans sounds better than Floridians! :laugh:

Note that it isn't a national law - but a law specific to a single state.

The use of USDA officials to enforce a state-level law is what I find objectionable.

If Florida sees fit to have such a unique law, let the state pay the freight - or, if they are going to use assets of the national government, at least reimburse Uncle Sam's costs.



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Posted 02 December 2012 - 02:58

Obama Legalizes Horse Slaughter for Human Consumption

Published: November 28, 2011 at 2:52 pm

Horse slaughter plants are legal again in the United States. Restrictions on horse meat processing for human consumption have been lifted.

In a bipartisan effort, the House of Representatives and the United States Senate approved the Conference Committee report on spending bill H2112, which among other things, funds the United States Department of Agriculture. On November 18th, as the country was celebrating Thanksgiving, President Obama signed a law, allowing Americans to kill and eat horses. Essentially, one turkey was pardoned in the presence of worldwide media while in the shadows, buried under pages of fiscal regulation, millions of horses were sentenced to death.

http://technorati.co...hter-for-human/

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 04:52

I've been waiting for this ban to be lifted all my life. :laugh: