If a person who eats horse meat is concerned about toxic drug residues potentially harmful to human health, then the Thoroughbred racehorse is one breed they would definitely steer clear of. The amount of drugs racehorses are routinely given during their careers are littered with banned medications eliminating them from entry into the human food chain for life.
The Daily Racing Form, reporting on the rejection of US Thoroughbreds for slaughter by Canadian slaughterhouse Viande Richlieu, states:
Some drugs commonly administered to race and sport horses are considered safe in food animals, once certain withdrawal times have passed. These include ivermectin, furoseminde (Salix or Lasix), flunixin (Banamine), and altrenogest (Regu-mate). But others – including clenbuterol (Ventipulmin), boldenone (Equipoise), phenylbutazone (Butazolidin), and nitrofurazone (Fura-Zone or Furacin) – are not permitted at all in horses slaughtered for food.
There is much more to the DRF report than that, and not the only reason Viande Richlieu is turning away Thoroughbreds.
It is also a story about determination and the redemption life in the case of Thoroughbreds Canuki and Cactus Cafe, rescued from slaughter. Read full story >>