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Horse and kangaroo meat cat food is for sale on Amazon!

edited 24 January at 4:03PM in Pets & Pet Care
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edited 24 January at 4:03PM in Pets & Pet Care
I was surprised to see tins of horse meat and of kangaroo meat cat food for sale on Amazon.

I could post the links here, but maybe better not to.

I don't think it's illegal but it's distasteful (so to speak!) and perhaps carries health risks.  From what I read, the kangaroos are caught in the wild and can be diseased.
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  • edited 24 January at 8:18PM
    MnoeeMnoee Forumite
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    edited 24 January at 8:18PM
    You can buy human grade horse or kangaroo meat as well, probably on amazon! It's just another animal. I find it less distasteful than 'reclaimed' meat, and many other practices that go into mass produced meat products.

    Couldn't find horse, kangaroo steaks for humans have been sold but are currently unavailable - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fine-Food-Specialist-Kangaroo-Fillet/dp/B07D9PGY83 
  • bhjmbhjm Forumite
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    different countries, different religions, different markets. 

  • Poster_586329Poster_586329 Forumite
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    Actually you've reminded me, I've seen kangaroo steaks in the middle aisle at Lidl!
  • sherambersheramber Forumite
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    Hundreds of horses are slaughtered for meat every year. it is eaten on the continent.
    No different to any other animal that we eat. It is just that we, as a nation,  do not associate horses with food.   
  • Poster_586329Poster_586329 Forumite
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    Okay how about this?!

    53.5 % meat and offal's (chicken meat, heart, liver, gizzard), 45.5 % insect, 0.5 % mineral nutrients, 0.5 % dried eggshells"

  • sherambersheramber Forumite
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    What about it?  What point are you trying to make?

    There are cultures that eat insects and one of my dogs ate spiders she caught. Some  sources  are advocating we all start eating insects as they are more  nutritious than meat.
    What about snails and frogs' legs which are also enjoyed by some people.

    Eggshell gives calcium and is used by some raw feeders to balance the diet.
    Many dogs get a raw egg , including the shell, to eat.
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    I just can't imagine letting my cat near me if I knew he'd been eating tinned insects!

    He does try to catch flies against the window but never manages it!
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    I was surprised to see tins of horse meat and of kangaroo meat cat food for sale on Amazon.

    I could post the links here, but maybe better not to.

    I don't think it's illegal but it's distasteful (so to speak!) and perhaps carries health risks.  From what I read, the kangaroos are caught in the wild and can be diseased.
    Why is it anymore distasteful than any other type of meat?

    Horse meat is amazing by the way, it's like a better beef. I'd recommend anyone to try it if they get the chance.
  • edited 25 January at 1:31PM
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    edited 25 January at 1:31PM
    I've seen Kangaroo meat on the menu at Australian themed bars, and even Iceland offer some unusual choices from time to time.
    I'm not that adventurous with different meats but I don't have a problem with them being on the menu. 
    This restaurant has quite an exotic menu though
    https://www.shaka-zulu.com/

    ETA - it did have quite an exotic menu, not sure if the Zebra is still an option 
  • MnoeeMnoee Forumite
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    One of my cats catches and eats bugs all the time. The other one pats them around rather aggressively then wonders why her spider friend has stopped moving. I am very happy for them to, saves me dealing with them! 

    What really worries me about pet food is the phrase 'meat and animal derivatives'. It's the majority of the 'meat' in most commercial foods like Felix, Whiskas etc, and can contain 'All the fleshy parts of slaughtered warm-blooded land animals, fresh or preserved by appropriate treatment, and all products and derivatives of the processing of the carcass or parts of the carcass of warm-blooded land animals'. If you don't want your cat eating kangaroo or horse (or any other land animal) then that's the phrase you should be looking out for! 
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