Join Date: May 2010
Location: Rich Valley, AB
Low-cost euthanasia may help, I think... a little, but possibly not enough.
As for dewormer, I haven't been able to find any harmful side-affect stories about it.
But, what I have read a few people bring up a good point: we ingest poison with our food everyday. MSG, food coloring, food texturisers... pesticides. Things that aren't for 'living beings' consumption in the first place, so those who do eat horse meat probably aren't all that worried. Plus, the majority of horse meat goes into dog food and from what I gather there are stricter guidelines for slaughterhouses intending to sell meat for human consumption.
Unless the horse has been on it for most of its life though, the amount in the meat I don't think would be that much after its finished passing through the system. Depends on when it was given and all that good stuff.
I don't typically give my horses vaccinations, not because I'm intending to consume them (which I am), but because they've never given me reason to believe they've actually needed it. Both of them have hardy immune systems.
And I will be taking the point of a gun to my own horses head when their time comes.
But, if I were going to send a horse purposely away to slaughter for human consumption I would make sure not to give it medications or whatnot before sending it off. Mind, I'm a responsible person and care way too much about other people to not.