This is absurd, especially given that the entire manufacturing sector is working on ‘six sigma’ quality or parts per million defect…….
The Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) advises vets that if an owner or
keeper of a horse does not have the passport to hand, and the vet has not
previously seen the passport, the horse should be regarded as intended for the
food chain when medicines are being selected.
The number of horse samples which have tested positive for residues of
phenylbutazone has varied between 2\5% over the last five years.
However, Defra¡¯s follow up investigations in recent years have found that some
vets are still prescribing phenylbutazone without checking the passport or
ensuring that the horse is subsequently signed out of the food chain.
It is normal for written advice to be given to the person responsible; in
serious or persistent cases further action could be taken.
In 2012 Defra withdrew funding from, and thereby forced the closure of, the
National Equine Database, which held the passport details of every horse in the
United Kingdom. A horses passport contains details of all drugs ever
administered to that horse, some of which could leave the horse flesh unfit for
human consumption. But the loss of the database has meant that it could now be
possible for a horse to have two passports ¨one with the correct details of
its medical history, and one which appears to be clean when the horse is
ready to be slaughtered.
Documentation systems, such as the Equine Information Document required by
EU-regulated abattoirs in Canada and Mexico, or the passport system relied on in
Europe and the United Kingdom, are conducted on the honor system almost
exclusively by kill buyers, the middlemen who acquire the horses.
They need to here the TRUTH! Where is this doumented proof of a welfare problem in over 100,000 horses? Why would there even be a welfare problem due to no slaughter plants in the U.S. since horses are still currently exported for slaughter? Who in their right mind would support a chairty for animals that defends the inhumane horse slaughter system? And the veterinarians know without a doubt that adulterated horses are entering a human food chain. This is terrorism!
Dr Des Leadon, of the Irish Equine Centre and international director of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, describes the US move to ban slaughter as “one of the most mistaken pieces of so-called welfare legislation ever introduced”.
“The cessation of horse slaughter in America has actually created a documented horse welfare problem in over 100,000 horses,” he says.
ISPCA chairperson Barbara Bent dismisses the notion that horse slaughtering should be shut down as “nonsense.”
She is an advocate of maintaining Ireland’s current system of abattoirs, which are policed by both Irish and European legislation.
“You would have to see an animal that has taken three months to die to appreciate the difference between that suffering and being humanely put down,” she says.
Barbara Bent insists that these plants are crucially important to dealing with Ireland’s unwanted horses.
“Where would all those horses have gone if we didn’t have these facilities?” she asks.
Organisations like the ISPCA, the Irish Horse Welfare Trust and other charities have highlighted the growing problem of abandoned and neglecting horses in recent years.
As Ireland’s economy fell into recession, the number of horses abandoned rose in tandem.
“We need an exit strategy for animals who have reached the end of their useful lives,” says Ms Bent. Her comments echo a statement by international charity World Horse Welfare.
“While it may be a sad fact, there is a role for humane slaughter of horses to help prevent them from suffering long and painful deaths due to illness or neglect,” the charity insisted.
“We believe there is a role for humane slaughter. We have identified 6,000 horses at risk in Britain and humane slaughter may eventually be the kindest option for them to save them from a lifetime of neglect and suffering.”
ISPCA National Animal Centre
ISPCA National Animal Centre,Derryglogher Lodge,
Tel: 043 33 25035
Fax: 043 33 25024
Located on R392 between Ballymahon & Lanesborough, Co. Longford.
The National Animal Centre is open 5 days per week (Closed Mondays and Tuesdays) visiting hours are between 11:30 and 4:00pm.