The trouble with horse meat

Ground horse meat. Source: TheTakeout.com.

How toxic is horse meat? The answer is — very. There are approximately one hundred and ten (110!) drugs administered to horses over their lifetimes that are illegal to administer to animals raised for human consumption. Equines are medicated with wormers, antibiotics, fly sprays, diuretics and Phenylbutazone (a pain killer once administered to people and… Continue reading The trouble with horse meat

The Chemical Horse, 2nd edition

I’ll Have Another was made a strong favorite to win the Belmont Stakes on Saturday.Credit...Al Bello/Getty Images

Jane Allin's groundbreaking report on the doping of racehorses — "The Chemical Horse" — has been revised to update its citations. Allin's update coincides with the US House Subcommittee Hearing of the Horse Racing Integrity Act which would establish an anti-doping agency to oversee all horse racing (for an interim period anyway) to include Quarter… Continue reading The Chemical Horse, 2nd edition

From backstretch to slaughterhouse, Fair Grounds horse deaths shouldn’t surprise

Researchers say over time horse side toes may have been lost to help them move faster and more efficiently. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images.

James Gill, writing for NOLA.com, states: The death of four thoroughbreds in six race days at the Fair Grounds track in New Orleans, a couple of weeks after two quarter horses were put down at Louisiana Downs in Bossier City, was not as shocking as it should have been.Horse racing is a dangerous sport anywhere,… Continue reading From backstretch to slaughterhouse, Fair Grounds horse deaths shouldn’t surprise

1953 dead racehorses in 4525 days in the UK

Thoroughbred Eye Photographic Print from Etsy.

Death and disarray on the racetrack seems to know no bounds. The numbers in the title of this post are what you find when visiting the UK based Animal Aid's Race Horse Death Watch page. They describe their mission: Animal Aid's Race Horse Death Watch was launched during the 2007 Cheltenham Festival. Its purpose is to… Continue reading 1953 dead racehorses in 4525 days in the UK

H.R. 961 — Georgia and Hawaii

Call to Action — H.R. 961 Calling all residents of Georgia and Hawaii. Especially you Georgians! Let's get busy. Take action on behalf of horses and help get the cosponsors required to blast H.R. 961, The SAFE Act of 2019, out of Committee and onto the House Floor for debate and vote. When H.R. 961… Continue reading H.R. 961 — Georgia and Hawaii

Banned Drugs in Slaughter Horses and H.R. 961

H.R. 961 (the SAFE Act of 2019), pending in the U.S. House of Representatives, is designed "To prevent human health threats posed by the consumption of equines raised in the United States," which can only be accomplished by outlawing the slaughter of American horses. American horses are routinely given drugs potentially harmful or lethal to… Continue reading Banned Drugs in Slaughter Horses and H.R. 961

FSA delayed plans to test every horse prior to crisis

UK NEWS Cross-posted from BBC News Written by MATT McGRATH, Environment Correspondent, BBC News The Food Standards Agency (FSA) explored the idea of testing all horses slaughtered in the UK months before the horsemeat food crisis began in January. But the agency was concerned that the costs of extra testing would cause every horse abattoir… Continue reading FSA delayed plans to test every horse prior to crisis

Phenylbutazone detected in horsemeat of ‘low concern’ says EU

Isn't it amazing that phenylbutazone (bute) is a substance that is banned outright from entering the human food chain, no matter the amount, trace or otherwise. Yet the alphabet groups are falling all over themselves to defend it. What this report does not mention is that trace amounts build up, and these results if reported… Continue reading Phenylbutazone detected in horsemeat of ‘low concern’ says EU

BVA President calls for microchipping amid horse meat scandal

Farming UK reports: The President of the British Veterinary Association (BVA) has used his annual London dinner speech last night to urge the government to back their call for all horses to be microchipped. He addressed current issues including the horsemeat scandal, where he backed calls for clearer welfare labelling. The audience included parliamentarians, veterinary… Continue reading BVA President calls for microchipping amid horse meat scandal

More than a thousand racehorses a year sent to UK abattoirs

Fallen Grand National horses may be slaughtered in the UK.

by CAHAL MILMO Cross-posted from The Independent The monitoring and tracking of horse numbers in Britain and Ireland is so lax that tens of thousands of animals may have been exported illegally and entered the food chain, experts have warned. Officials at Aintree have been forced to deny that fatally injured horses could have entered… Continue reading More than a thousand racehorses a year sent to UK abattoirs