I've always been concerned that we really don't know what we're being fed. I've completely stopped patronizing fast food places due to concerns about food content and establishment hygiene. The straw that broke this camel's back was the wife contracting salmonella a few years back from (we are 100% certain) carry-out at Church's (sp?) Fried Chicken.
I think most of the population has probably unkowingly eaten horsemeat more than a few times over their lifespans. But with our system, we can only trust what the label says and rely on government oversight.
In that regard: oh woe is us....
What's the difference in heating horse meat than any other meat we eat today?
It must be that horses has feelings unlike cows and chickens.
The difference may be...that were not accustomed to eating horse meat in the United States. There's no grocery store, meat market or restaurant or hunters selling horse Meat knowingly. I know people that sell Coon, Deer and Possum meat. Don't eat that either...
I am told by a retired bird colonel friend of mine, that he has dined on horsemeat while in Japan. Seems it was looked upon as some sort of delicacy by the Japanese. (at least at that particular restaurant.)
I saw an online article yesterday which said that a food product produced by IKEA (known world-wide principally for their affordable, European-style furniture) called "Moose Lasagna" was being recalled because they found that it contained pork. After the article, there was this priceless comment by one poster:
"Does the moose lasagna come fully assembled or knocked-down?"