Food Animal Producers – Outrage!

Many have asked what’s the difference between a horse, cow, pig or any other animaI slaughtered for food. I have some of my own opinions I would like to share with food animal producers.
U.S. Horse slaughter is not just a question of is it right or wrong on an emotional level, it is unconscionable for human food safety, for the welfare of the horses, and to the integrity and honesty of real food animal producers.
The majority of horse owners don’t have a clue of food animal production since they never intend to eat them. I could go on and on about the medications given to horses that are either not allowed to be administered to food animals or that require withholding periods but I am not a food animal producer and not educated in food animal production. No thought is even considered by horse owners, about withholding medications as it may exclude the horse from the food chain. If the horse has a ‘bad’ day, maybe a little of something; bute, Ace or whatever, will make it feel better. I have been a horse owner a good portion of my life and know that almost everything that I have given my horses is labeled not intended for use on animals used for human consumption.
The majority of horse owners don’t even keep veterinary records since they don’t consider their horse a food animal. U.S. veterinarians are typically only required to keep records for two years so it would be difficult to even re-create a lifetime drug history for any given horse.

Have you ever actually considered what is and isn’t a ‘food’ animal? I don’t know of any other species of livestock in the U.S. where the majority of that species is bred, raised and kept as ‘non-food’ animals and then allowed to magically transpose into a food animal without any regulation or oversight concerning the wholesomeness of that food. Seriously – over 9 million NON-FOOD animals (est. U.S. horse population) and the BOTTOM 100,000 plus are ‘transposed’ into food animals at the stroke of a pen! That’s all – a stroke of the pen. Horse dealers in the U.S. are allowed to fabricate or create a drug affidavit, immediately after they acquire a horse and ship it for food within a few days. The drug affidavits they create are not U.S. documents and aren’t even required or kept by any U.S. regulatory agency. The drug affidavits typically state “to the best of my knowledge or belief” and that gives the horse dealer an escape for declaring the horse drug free, with no consequences. This is not the same as taking a cow out of a herd. This is like taking a cow out of a laboratory that has been used for scientific experiments and putting it on some ones plate for further evaluation. It is estimated that 10% of the horse population comes to the end of their lives each year or over 900,000 horses. The majority of responsible owners provide a humane death for their horses or approximately 800,000. The remaining 100,000 is collected or acquired by horse dealers as they scavenge the country at auctions and entice other individuals to seek out and con horse owners with stories of a good home for their horses. They don’t care if the horse is stolen by deception, wholesome for human consumption, or unfit to travel. As long as they can get their hands on it and sign that drug affidavit, they are going to make some money and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, APHIS and Vets all turn a blind eye to unwholesome animals entering a foreign human food chain. They honestly don’t care what that horse has been treated with for its entire life.
The U.S. FDA has NO food animal requirements for U.S. horses exported for slaughter – NONE! Fair trade agreements don’t mean anything. Those countries that actually raise horses for food and are regulated and inspected should be outraged. Food animal producers should be outraged. Food animal producers in the European Union where horsemeat has infiltrated beef ARE outraged. It is hurting their bottom line and may for a long time to come. Why is one species allowed carte blanche to the food system and the others are not? The horse slaughter cartel and the corruption it runs is affecting the entire meat industry. The horse slaughter cartel has convinced the food animal producers that horse owners are ALL radical animal rights activists and are attempting to eliminate all use of animals. Really, does anyone believe that EVERY horse owner is a radical animal rights activist? Does anyone believe that ALL horse owners want to stop being able to use their horses for sport, fun and pleasure riding? We are tired of the ‘radical horse slaughter cartel’ bashing of all horse owners and the majority of the U.S. population as ‘radical animal rights activists’ for being opposed to the criminal conspiracy of the horse slaughter cartel .
Food animal producers – you are being dupped! Dupped into supporting a criminal conspiracy that is terrorizing a foreign human food chain with adulterated food animals that infringe on other real producers markets! Perhaps even your own, given the European (and more), horsemeat scandal. What happened to honesty and integrity? The majority of horse owners and the majority of the American people are requesting and pleading with everyone to stop the slaughter of U.S horses. We don’t eat them and the foreign corporations that are slaughtering them have no concerns about their welfare or wholesomeness for human consumption. They have never promised to buy even one horse and could stop buying any at any time. Horse owners should not be asked or required to attempt to conform to any foreign food animal regulations that will cost the entire horse industry a lot of money. To put it lightly, food animal producers have been reluctant to comply with food animal identification requirements ( http://www.farmtoconsumer.org/news/news-15may2009-2.htm )and it is absurd to defend the slaughter of U.S. horses that we don’t eat, that would require food animal identification and additional costs on the entire horse industry. Horse owners aren’t going to slap an ear tag on their horses. Most owners will have to call the vet and pay a vet charge in addition to micro-chipping and fees they will charge for a system to record and track them. That is 9 million chips and vet calls for a system the majority will never use. There is no logic for food animal identification and tracking of U.S. horses. How will they record or track the location of U.S. horses? Most horses change owners several times within their lives and travel around. Who is going to keep those records and who is going to pay for it? Seriously, very few will ever be identified ‘for’ food if U.S. horse owners are allowed to decide and the records aren’t falsified or fabricated. Then we will be stuck with a regulatory system that costs horse owners a lot of money that no one uses.
Food animal producers, it is in the best interests of ALL involved to support your own industry with honesty and integrity and leave U.S. horses out of the foreign food chain, that is also being dupped into believing they are wholesome…… it is terrorism.
Keep shining the light.
I miss my girls…..

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The Truth About Drug Affidavits and Health Certificates

Let’s set some FACTS first so everyone can make their own decisions regarding horsemeat.
Unlike any other livestock, where the majority is kept and raised for human consumption, horses are not! Horse owners in the U.S., typically have no idea what is and isn’t allowed for food animal production because most horse owners never even think about someone eating their horse. Almost everything administered to horses in the U.S. is labeled ‘not intended for food animals’ and horse owners don’t hesitate to treat their spoiled horses so they are comfortable. It’s not just ‘bute’ that people should be concerned about!
Three documents magically transpose any horse in the U.S. to a ‘slaughter’ horse and all three are created or fabricated within a few days of when they ship to the slaughter facility.
1. EID – Equine Identification Document – alleged owners Drug History – meaningless
2. Owner/Shipper Record – Dealers load record – meaningless
3. Health Certificate – Veterinarian endorsed – meaningless

HORSES MEDICAL HISTORY
Horse owners in the U.S. don’t keep ‘food’ animal records of medical treatments because they never intend for them to be ‘food’. Horses live longer than a typical food animal and often change owners and veterinarians.
Most horses in the U.S. do NOT have a permanent identification and no medical records transfer from one owner to the next. Veterinarians in the U.S. are typically only required to keep medical treatment records for two years so there is no accurate method to determine or create a horses medical history. Since horse owners never consider their horse a ‘food’ animal they rely on the veterinarian for administering treatments and most often don’t even know what medications are given to their horse and if it is allowed for a ‘food’ animal. Since horse owners in the U.S. don’t consider their horse a ‘food’ animal, they don’t record medical treatments and the current veterinarian for that horse may keep a record for two years.
There is NO medical history on U.S. horses and it cannot be created from any existing records!

DRUG AFFIDAVITS and FDA
In the U.S., horse dealers are allowed to create or fabricate a ‘foreign’ drug affidavit immediately after they acquire a horse and declare the horse is drug free – to the best of their knowledge! How absurd!
Some auctions now require horse owners to fill out a form or EID – Equine Identification Document – that declares the horse as drug free from various medical drugs listed in their ‘formal’ names. You would have to be a vet technician to understand the formal names and equate them to the common names. They don’t even know what they are declaring. It is a shame.
There is NO medical history on U.S. horses, even when presented with an EID or drug affidavit! The U.S. authorities don’t even keep a copy because it is a ‘foreign’ document – not required by the U.S.
The U.S. FDA or Food and Drug Administration is an arm of the Health and Human Services and is suppose to set the standards for U.S. food production and oversight.
The FDA has NO food animal requirements for U.S. horses ‘exported’ for slaughter – NONE!
There is NO U.S. required drug affidavit for horses exported for slaughter and horse dealers are allowed to create the foreign affidavits with no knowledge and no consequences.

USDA and APHIS
One of the primary purposes of the USDA or United States Department of Agriculture is to ‘produce’ with as little regulation and oversight as possible. The term ‘transparency’ here in the U.S. means ‘non-existent’ and the regulatory authorities within the USDA strive to be transparent with ‘producers’ because when they aren’t transparent, it generally costs more money. APHIS or Animal Plant Health Inspection Services is an arm of the USDA. APHIS is required to sign off on a veterinary certificate for horses exported for slaughter. The veterinary certificate is signed by both an attending (local) veterinarian and APHIS veterinarian sign. The veterinary certificate is ONLY a ‘health’ certificate or an affidavit that when the attending vet looked at the horse, the vet believes that that horse may be able to stand long enough to get to a slaughtering facility and doesn’t ‘appear’ to have a communicable disease. That Health certificate does NOT indicate or guarantee that the horse is fit for human consumption, is drug free or wholesome. The Health certificate also requires the Veterinarians to declare that the horse has not been exposed to any diseases or been in areas where there has been any outbreaks of communicable diseases. Those veterinarians have no knowledge of where the horse has been. Often horses are picked up by dealers at auctions and trucked around the country until they can fill the load. The horse dealers don’t even know where the horse came from, so how could the vet know where they came from. USDA/APHIS does not even inspect horse dealers ‘holdings’ for potential communicable disease segregation. Horses can still travel across the country without a negative EIA test and are gathered on dealers lots until they have enough for a load to ship. Most horse dealers also sell horses to private individuals for riding or pleasure too after they have been co-mingled with unknown horses.
The Health Certificates issued by APHIS is at best only a quick visual inspection that a horse might be able to stand long enough to get to a slaughter facility and is NOT an affidavit of a horse produced to food animal requirements.
Over 100,000 U.S. FDA unregulated food animals – horses – are exported to Canada and Mexico annually, with the majority going to the EU for human consumption with forged foreign drug affidavits and APHIS health certificates that are meaningless.

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The Public Has A Right To Know!

Even I am amazed at what I have learned recently about ‘meat’ processing. We need to be able to inform the public about the horses!

Even the horsmeat scandal is being blamed on pink slime..

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2013/feb/12/horsemeat-scandal-european-regulation-changes

This is what we need to do! We need an internet army!

http://www.globalmeatnews.com/Industry-Markets/Meat-industry-needs-to-embrace-social-media
http://www.agweek.com/event/article/id/20475/

The meat industry is going after the media for the pink slime issue – some of the same reasons that the UK stopped LFTB – law suits, processing plants closing – media perception? – NO people are learning what is in the meat!
http://www.globalmeatnews.com/Industry-Markets/AMI-deplores-media-war-against-pink-slime
http://www.globalmeatnews.com/Industry-Markets/US-industry-denies-meat-glue-allegations
http://www.globalmeatnews.com/Industry-Markets/BPI-plant-closures-over-pink-slime-become-permanent
http://www.globalmeatnews.com/Industry-Markets/US-processor-launches-lawsuit-over-pink-slime-coverage

And then there is the issue of “meat glue” or TG!
http://www.globalmeatnews.com/Industry-Markets/US-industry-denies-meat-glue-allegations

We need to cultivate the public and inform them with the truth!

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Food Standards Agency – I Don’t Think So!

Food Standards Agency apparently has their ‘own’ interpretation of the law and talks from both sides of their xo#$x.
First they write there is no safe level and then write that because the amounts of bute detected in the contaminated meat …are less than the amounts previously given to humans that caused serious health consequences, ‘insinuate’ the risk is low.
Is this the agency that is suppose to be protecting the public????
Do they uphold the food safety law and respect those that made the law or interpret it as they so choose?
Maybe they are just trying to cover their ass for being so complacent about unregulated, adulterated horses entering a human food chain. One of recent articles stated that out of 10,000, they tested 150 for bute and 9 were positive. That is over 6% !!!! They darn well know that bute is entering the food chain. What about all the other drugs that aren’t allowed in food animals? I bet they would say the risk is low on those too. With the recent ‘frog juice’ trend in U.S. horses, and the fact that the food agencies aren’t testing for it, soon smugglers will be shipping hallucinogenic drugs in by way of horsemeat – with the food standards agency blessing.

“Science behind the story
Bute is not allowed in the food chain because in humans it can cause rare cases of a serious blood disorder, aplastic anaemia. Because it is not possible to say what triggers the anaemia, it is not possible to identify a safe level of residue in meat.

Bute was banned from use in humans after it was found that about 1 person in 30,000 recipients suffered a serious side effect. But in levels reported in previous FSA testing of contaminated meat, the maximum level found would have to be multiplied a thousand-fold to be at the same level as that which used to be given to humans.

This suggests that even if someone eats contaminated meat, the risk of damage to their health is very low.”

http://www.food.gov.uk/news-updates/news/2013/feb/findus#.URP-R6Xu3pZ

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My Girls and the Horsemeat Scandal

I am trapped by the horsemeat scandal. Somehow I feel linked and I’m obsessed because my horses are still missing and the authorities here have done nothing just like they are trying to do with the horsemeat scandal. If the Dept of AG and the horse slaughter cartel was held accountable, the system would have to change. I read these stories of 75% and 100% horsemeat labeled as beef and after three weeks – no prosecutions! How can this be? How can the horse slaughter cartel and the ag sector continue to flaunt their criminal activities with no accountability? The Irish farmers are taking a huge hit for something their government is allowing and has allowed to take place for years. The passport system in the EU is a joke. They horse traders there just loose the passport and get a ‘new’ clean one. The U.S. has NO food animal regulations for horses exported for slaughter – NONE! Is it really any surprise that beef is adulterated with horsemeat when they are taking U.S. unregulated horses? The entire system is corrupt. The horse slaughter cartel is free to steal horses and permanently hide them in the food chain. They don’t care if they are drug riddled or who cares about them. They flaunt it in our face. They are not held accountable. They are free to terrorize the human food chain with whatever they so choose to put in it.
My two girls, Suzy and Echo were like my children. They were happy well adjusted horses that would come when you called and loved to be petted and brushed. I feel like someone stole my children, murdered them, flaunted it in my face and the authorities won’t do anything about it. So, I am obsessed with the criminal activity of the horse slaughter cartel. It is my link, my string, my girls….

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A Bit on the Irish Horsemeat Scandal – They Don’t Care!

This is absurd, especially given that the entire manufacturing sector is working on ‘six sigma’ quality or parts per million defect…….

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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.

http://www.vmd.defra.gov.uk/vrc/pdf/PositionPaper_Phenylbutazone.pdf
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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.

http://blogs.spectator.co.uk/coffeehouse/2013/01/horse-meat-in-burgers-might-not-be-as-harmless-as-you-think/

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.

http://tuesdayshorse.wordpress.com/2013/01/28/no-honor-in-horse-slaughter-or-drug-documentation-system-it-uses/

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!

http://www.independent.ie/farming/news-features/burgergate-puts-horse-slaughter-in-spotlight-3368976.html

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,
Keenagh,Co. Longford,
Ireland,
Tel: 043 33 25035
Fax: 043 33 25024
Email: info@ispca.ie

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.

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Salmonellosis Fact or Fiction ?

Here is a good example of how twisted the driving factors are in the Department of Ag. More of their twisted tainted ‘interpretations’ exposed.
The AG sector opposes any regulations and minimizes the reported risks. There may have been ‘only’ five reported illnesses – on ‘blade/needle tenderized steaks’ but the probability of contamination and illnesses appears to be much greater. It suggests an attempt at ‘prevention’ by vaccination, however that too is probably under the ‘discretion’ of the secretary of AG and would not be mandated. That would also indicate that they don’t want to ‘clean’ up the processes, just cover it up with ‘paperwork’ and perhaps another drug. Ewwwwww……..

I read this as they try to wrangle out of labeling requirements:
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http://www.meatingplace.com/Industry/Blogs/Details/39330
Food (Safety) Fight By Richard Raymond
Dr. Richard Raymond is the former undersecretary of agriculture for food safety.
Let’s end the debate: vaccinate
In my research on illnesses caused by blade/needle tenderized steaks, I can find only five small outbreaks of E coli O157:H7 since 2000, with about 50 people total falling ill. All 50 ate steaks in restaurants that were not only blade/needle tenderized but were also injected with marinade. And there were no deaths.

During the same time period, according to some mathematical calculations based on the FSIS’s Beef Checklist report in 2007, I estimate Americans consumed nearly 14.4 million pounds of tenderized steaks and roast.

Sure, for those who wish to debate, not all illnesses are diagnosed and
reported, and for the 50 or so that were sickened it is serious business. But
that is not my point today.

My point is why are rules and regulations needed to try and reduce an average of
5 foodborne illnesses per year at considerable expense to industry?
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and then read this:
http://www.cdc.gov/nczved/divisions/dfbmd/diseases/salmonellosis/
Every year, approximately 40,000 cases of salmonellosis are reported in the
United States. Because many milder cases are not diagnosed or reported, the
actual number of infections may be thirty or more times greater. Salmonellosis
is more common in the summer than winter.

Children are the most likely to get salmonellosis. The rate of diagnosed
infections in children less than five years old is about five times higher than
the rate in all other persons. Young children, the elderly, and the
immunocompromised are the most likely to have severe infections. It is estimated
that approximately 400 persons die each year with acute salmonellosis.

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and then there is this one:
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/04/health/04meat.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0
Ground beef has been blamed for 16 outbreaks in the last three years alone,
including the one that left Ms. Smith paralyzed from the waist down. This
summer, contamination led to the recall of beef from nearly 3,000 grocers in 41
states.
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