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Toxic Horse Meat
The Tragic Health Effects To Humans Who Eat It

The truth is, simply stated, that almost all slaughtered horses in Canada have had either recent or past ingestion of drugs and medications that are prohibited for human consumption, and there is no way to test each and every of the 90,000 horses slaughtered every year in Canada for all of the known banned human toxic medications and substances that may have been administered or ingested.

The truth is very grim for humans eating horse meat from slaughter houses in Canada and elsewhere since the meat can be extremely harmful or dangerous to health.

The facts: Nearly 90,000 horses are slaughtered in Canada every year (approximately 70% are from the United States) and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) who has a couple of veterinarians/inspectors on staff at the horse slaughter factories can only check about 1% of those horses. Further, the testing performed for one of the most dangerous and harmful medications, Bute (phenylbutazone) only checks the fat cells and not the liver tissue where Bute is actually found. It's little wonder that our allies are experiencing castastropic incidences of cancer in humans increases since Bute is a cancer-causing medication that is commonly administered to horses as a kind of 'aspirin' for all sorts of minor/major injuries, swelling, pain, arthritis, etc.

Our study showed that 18 thoroughbred race horses were given bute and sent to slaughter for human consumption. Just based upon this number of horses 9,000 pounds of contaminated horse meat was sent overseas for people to eat. Horses are NOT raised for food in the United States and these horses should not be slaughtered for food by Mexico and Canada. This is a HUGE gap in food safety and a public health risk.

The hypersensitivity syndromes and the serum sickness-like illnesses caused by bute are NOT dose-related. Also, bute causes cancer and no one knows what amount of bute causes cancer. This is why the drug is banned and this is why the Food and Drug Administration says there are NO SAFE LEVELS of the drug.

Dr. Ann M. Marini, Ph.D., M.D. has 29 years of experience and practices in Internal Medicine and Neurology.
04 Mar 2013

Bute is only one of the many drugs and medications fed routinely to horses that is listed as prohibited for human consumption by the CFIA. Although most Canadians don't eat horse meat, the meat is shipped to Europe and Asiatic continents where unsuspecting people consume it regularly. It is perhaps no small wonder that Cancer, one of the terminal diseases that Bute has been known to cause, is on the rise.

Bute is a hypersensitive drug, meaning what is safe for one person, is not safe for another person. Children are especially susceptible as the rapid cell division in their bone growth.
Until recently it was thought that this endangered only consumers of horse meat, but now it is clear that is not the case. The finding of horse meat in meals supplied to schools and hospitals is of particular concern since children are extremely vulnerable to even trace amounts of phenylbutazone, which can cause potentially lethal aplastic anemia.

The reason for both the scandal and the contamination lies in the nature of the horses. US horses being sent to slaughter are overwhelmingly young sport horses, four to eight years old, and at the end of very short careers. The horses are comprised largely of Quarter Horses (~ 70%), followed by Thoroughbreds and Standardbreds. Most were used in rodeo and racing before being dumped to slaughter.

Since the horses are a byproduct of these sports, they were not raised for slaughter and were almost universally given drugs prohibited in food animals. The low cost of these horses ($100 to $500) makes them far cheaper than beef, thus providing a huge incentive for the fraudulent substitution

Other drugs are found in race horses which form a huge percentage of horses slaughtered and many of those drugs are also prohibited by the authorities for human consumption. Even such a simple application as a dose of horse wormer has prohibited and dangerous ingredients for human consumption.

"Oklahoma horses doped with 'frog juice' jumped to winner's circle The illegal use of secretions from a type of South American frog is at the heart of a recent doping scandal that threatened Oklahoma's billion-dollar horse racing industry."

Demorphin has never been tested for safety in horses or gone through any drug trials. Its full effects are not known and because of that regulators fear demorphin could cause injury or death to horse and jockey. Demorphin is just the latest drug employed in an ongoing cat-and-mouse game between racing regulators and cheaters who seek a chemical advantage that can go undetected. Over the years, regulators have discovered a variety of banned substances in race horses, including cobra and cone snail venom, blood doping agents, Viagra, cancer drugs and, now, “frog juice.”

By Phillip O'Connor, Investigative Reporter, The Oklahoman | Published: March 18, 2013

Unlike cattle and swine, horses are not raised for food under food safety guidelines. This means that horses can be given any sort of medication and be sent to slaughter. There is no fool-proof way to monitor what the horse has ingested and how much. Nor are there any such lawful requirements.

Fact: The truth is, simply stated, that almost all slaughtered horses in Canada have had either recent or past ingestion of prohibited drugs and medications, and there is no way to test the 90,000 horses slaughtered every year for all of the known banned human toxic medications and substances that may have been administered or ingested.

"The flesh of 'unwanted horses' is acknowledged to be toxic when consumed by humans. And who among the politicians, equine practitioners, and veterinarians lobbying to prevent a ban on the slaughter of American horses - in the name of equine welfare - would wish to be responsible for the deleterious impact for human welfare associated with promoting the slaughter of toxic horses?"
Professor Dr. Caroline Betts, PhD, "The economic reality of scarce and toxic horses".

Investigations/Articles, 2013:

Star investigation: Drugged horses slipping through ‘inadequate’ food system. 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 has found, confirming the findings of an international audit.

HSI/Canada Renews Calls for Prohibition on Horse Slaughter as Banned Substances Found in Canadian Horse Meat. Following confirmation of prohibited substances in Canadian horse meat, Humane Society International/Canada is renewing calls for a federal prohibition on the slaughter, sale, transport and export of horses for human consumption.

Animal Stress Results in Meat Causing Disease.
Irwin H. Putzkoff, PhD, MD Schmuckintush professor of nutritional physiology Cho Byung-Ho, and Oh Jin-Hwan Laboratory Assistants

Switzerland finds Bute in horse meat from Canada. Horsemeat imported from Canada has tested positive for the veterinary drug Bute (phenylbutazone) in Switzerland.
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