A Serious Health Risk that Congress Won't Take Seriously
August 17, 2017
Our friend and acclaimed journalist Vickery Eckhoff wrote this Newsweek article several years ago,WHAT’S IN YOUR HORSE BURGER? CHEMICALS THAT POSE SERIOUS HEALTH RISKS, and sadly not much has changed in the hearts and minds of Congress since then. Despite extraordinary efforts from anti horse slaughter groups, including SAFE Food SAFE Horses, we are right back at square one with a very divided Congress over whether or not to support the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act which would ban the slaughter of US horses on US soil and abroad. We remain hopeful that the fresh faces in the halls of Congress will see things clearly, and not get caught up in the lobbying efforts by the AQHA and Cattleman's Association who have lobbied Congress to keep the horse slaughter pipeline available to them. But money can't buy a moral compass, and it sure can't buy a safe food supply.
We have legislation to prevent Dow Chemical from dumping toxic waste into our waterways, so why don't we have legislation to prevent unscrupulous breeders from dumping their toxic horses into the food supply? Horse slaughter is an obvious food safety and public health risk. Horse meat sourced from US horses is toxic.
Ms. Eckhoff's articleis a must read for those unfamiliar with the specific risks to our food supply that the slaughter of US horses poses, and a great reminder to those of us in the trenches year after year, after year. Her articlehas a great many soundbites:
"bute poses serious health hazards"
95-100 percent of horses are estimated to be “buted"
"health hazards associated with bute in horse meat aren’t dose related"
"bute causes bone-marrow depression like aplastic anemia"
"humans metabolize bute into oxyphenbutazone which also causes bone-marrow depression"
"The National Toxicology Program showed that bute is a carcinogen"
"there is no withdrawal time"
USDA stated “phenylbutazone is considered to be one of the most toxic non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs"
"drugs so toxic that a protective mask and gloves must be worn"
"No veterinary records accompanied the more than 176,000 U.S. horses that were bought by slaughter companies"
If you haven't contacted your elected Congress members about the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act please sign our petitionto send letters directly to your Representative in the House, your Senators, and the President.