You want the truth on Equine slaughter for human consumption? My best friend right now is leading the fight against that in WA.
It has NOTHING to do with "oh my god don't hurt the pretty ponies!"
Here's an article her husband wrote on it:
The Dangers of Horse Meat
2 days ago at 2:53pm
I know I know. Red flags and you're all thinking it's going to be a long winded post about how we shouldn't eat the pretty ponies, right? Wrong. While I am an "equine activist" I'm not going to go off about how horrible it is to commit crimes against such beautiful animals. In the long term... It's irrelevant. How beautiful an animal is holds no moral merit against the butchering of them. Sad, but true. If so? We shouldn't be butchering any animal.
However... The merit I bring to this debate isn't even surrounding the barbaric and inhumane slaughter of barely unconscious animals that it takes up to 10 minutes to knock unconscious before exsanguination. Nope. Not going to go into that stomach curling scenario either.
What I am going to go into is how down right deadly poisonous horses are when served on your table. Not that many Australians have ever considered obtaining horse meat for their next sandwich, but I figured I'd levy the facts all the same.
With all the recent controversy regarding horse slaughter for human consumption here in Australia I was actually quite alarmed to have the topic of Vince Gareffa, owner of Mondi Di Carne (or Mondo Meats), and an alleged poisoning of clients brought up over dinner. This also lead to the discussing of horses being slaughtered for human consumption here in Australia... A battle I dealt with as a local politician when I lived back state side and ultimately the battle I fought, along side millions of supporters, ended the barbaric slaughter of horses for this purpose across the USA.
My wife and I are equestrians and foodies both and would never even consider eating a horse. However... We are increasingly growing more interested in this story considering the consumption of horse meat in Belgium and the Netherlands has come to a screeching halt after numerous deaths have arisen and the key denomination happens to be surrounding the fact American horses being slaughtered in Canada and Mexico are laced with drugs such as "Bute" (Phenylbutazone; a common anti inflammatory and pain killer used in 98% of race horses and 95% of recreation horses/performance horses world wide including Australia) and several other drugs. What's also caught our attention is the fact that horses are drenched or wormed with anti-parasitic agents that are also not safe for use in animals intended for human consumption. Without the anti-parasitic worming agents, such as Ivermectin and Panacur, horses possess worm counts of a rate of 1:100,000. That means for every one parasite or worm a human host may carry inside them, a horse carries 100,000. All in all the humans consuming the processed horses are being subjected to cancer causing toxins that can destroy our hearts, digestive, reproductive, and circulatory systems if ingested AND subjected to parasites that can wreak havoc in our digestive tract while moving to other parts of our body via our blood stream. No joke. It's an exact science.
The inhumane slaughter methods aside, this is enough to make my stomach curl up and shrivel into a ball.
Why Vince Gareffa, the man behind legalizing the sale and consumption of horse meat in WA would knowingly put us at risk in order to make a buck serving Cheval TarTar is a bit... Scary. Having now heard of the supposed poisoning of several SA residents it would make a bit more sense... Considering it would mean his culinary habits, like his personality, are down right vulgar.
But the point still remains that the Australian public is in the same danger that the European public faces and why the Canadian and Mexican slaughter houses now fall under a direct law that went into effect earlier this month that prohibits the slaughter of horses with unknown medical histories for a minimum of six months and that all horses that are injured/ill must still be medicated and horses must still be properly wormed/drenched with anti-parasitic agents. It's a lose/lose for the slaughter industry as a whole simply because there are no known medications that treat the ills of horses that are approved for use in animals intended for human consumption. By 2013 a new law will be in effect stating that animals intended for slaughter must have their full medical history presented from birth to time of slaughter in one fully documented record.
The drugs will still remain the same and horses cross hands many times in their lives and no complete record is ever kept. At the same time the cost effectiveness of farming horses for the sole purpose of human consumption, a practice which is not yet institutionalized, is about as effective as you or I attempting to purchase a brand new luxury car each and every month. Figure $1,000+ a month to properly maintain one animal. To farm them for profit would be like farming cows for profit at an average of 20 breeding animals per farm at any time. You do the math. With that said owning, breeding, raising, and maintaining a SINGLE horse correctly is not meant to be a poor man's hobby and with the droughts that this country is subject to, it's a wonder that most regular horse breeding farms stay afloat -- let alone farms intending to butcher the animals. Vet and feed bills alone will run you into the ground.
Which is why, my friends, Canadian horse farmers chose to sell off their stock rather then continue their breeding operations when the Premarin (pregnant mare urine) market plummeted after reports found the hormone replacement derivative to contain cancer causing agents that increased the chances of breast cancer in women as much as 66%. Now bear in mind that the slaughter industry includes heavily pregnant mares in their rendering process. They don't turn them away. They simply... Well I won't get into what they do. A few of you may actually be enjoying the latest sampling of your terrific dinners and wines.
However I can assure you everything I've written is honest fact that can be backed up by a call down to your local large animal or equine veterinarian. For a comprehensive list of medications commonly used in horses that can be found in samples of rendered horse meat, feel free to ask. I have all the literature sitting right in front of me.
So the next time you feel like poisoning your families, perhaps in a desperate bid to excelerate the death of your lazy husband, consider giving Vince Gareffa a call. Talk is he'd know all about it, including supplying you the horse meat to begin the process with."