I know we have already reported numerous times on the failed documentation systems intending to keep toxic horse meat from entering the human food chain. However, there are more and more people becoming aware of horse slaughter every day, and this is always worth reporting and reminding all of us about.
First though, from the comments section on the Paulick Report, I nominate this for quote of the month and possibly the year regarding horse slaughter and racing. It was posted by “betterthannothing” at this link.
Here’s an intro to the Toronto Star report. You will want to read it all.
The horse “passport” Canada relies on to keep toxic meat off dinner tables around the world is open to fraud and error, a Star investigation reveals.
Using undercover reporters, the Star found problems with passports — which are supposed to detail a horse’s complete medical history — for several horses headed to the slaughterhouse.
The Star also obtained 10 passports, nine of which were incomplete or mistake-filled.
In some cases, signatures did not match the names of people claiming to be the horse’s owner. In other interactions witnessed at a busy Waterloo-area auction house, the document was partially filled out by an auction-house worker instead of the owners.
The Star ran its first story about Backstreet Bully and the horsemeat food chain on its front page in March.
What was seen at auction confirms the findings of an international audit obtained by the Star: that Canada’s ability to trace prohibited drugs in food-bound horses “is inadequate” to protect consumers. Some common horse medications, like “bute” and nitrofurazone, are linked to causing bone-marrow disease and cancer in people if eaten in meat.
Canada’s equine information document is the first step in protecting the public from drug-tainted meat. The document is a type of animal passport that relies on voluntary ownership disclosure of information such as a horse’s physical description, its primary use — racehorse, for example — and drug history.
About $90 million in horsemeat from more than 80,000 animals is exported from Canada annually. Each horse to be slaughtered is to have a passport stating it is free of drugs that would be dangerous to humans if consumed. Horsemeat is a common dish eaten in France, Belgium, Switzerland, Japan and Quebec, and is even available at select restaurants in Toronto.
— Read “The Shady Trade in American Horse Meat“, Latitude News
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