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Author Topic: Are the Borders Closed for Slaughter?  (Read 2145 times)
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« on: October 12, 2012, 06:27:34 PM »

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EWA press release:

CONFUSION REINS AS CANADIAN SLAUGHTER PLANTS STOP SLAUGHTERING US HORSES

Chicago (EWA) – US horses are no longer being accepted by Canadian horse slaughter plants, according to multiple sources. The Shipshewana auction in Indiana confirmed reports that they have discontinued loose (slaughter) horse sales for an indefinite period of time.

A spokesperson for the Sugar Creek Ohio auction also confirmed that the kill buyers were no longer taking slaughter horses because “the plants are shut down”. This was further confirmed by a Richelieu slaughter house official. An unconfirmed report from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) indicated it was the result of a European Union (EU) directive.

Canadian customs officials, however, knew nothing of the action. To add to the confusion, at least one driver stated that he did deliver horses to an undisclosed plant Friday afternoon.

The move came so suddenly that many trucks were already on the way when they learned of it. According to Lambright the issue is that the EU has banned American horse meat from being shipped for consumption in Europe. EWA has yet to receive confirmation from the EU.

Following the closure of US based horse slaughter plants in 2007, the export of horses to slaughter in Canada and Mexico increased dramatically. In 2011 the US exported over 64,000 horses to Canada and 68,000 to Mexico.

Documents showing horse meat contaminated with phenylbutazone (a carcinogen) and clenbuterol (a steroid) surfaced recently, indicating that the CFIA and the EU were accelerating their residue testing programs. These reports were followed by claims from some kill buyers that blood was being drawn from as many as half their horses (an unprecedented percentage) before they were being accepted.

Since most of the meat from both the Canadian and Mexican plants is being consumed by the EU, it is reported but not confirmed that Mexico too will curtail imports of US horses.

In 2008, the EU announced that it would require third countries to come into compliance with their standards which require horses to be micro-chipped and all their medications tracked, but few observers expected any action would come before the expiration of a July, 2013 deadline.

The most likely explanation for the sudden move is that the expanded residue testing program has yielded worse than anticipated results.
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« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2012, 07:27:39 PM »

It's about time.  What the heck did they think they would find in those horses?  Duh.
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« Reply #2 on: October 12, 2012, 08:24:48 PM »

Everyone needs to get tied on for the thousands of horses already in the pipeline. 
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« Reply #3 on: October 12, 2012, 09:40:35 PM »

Oh yes and now they should be tested for drugs not for human consumption!
Now these blood sucking killer buyers watch what the do with these thousand of horses!
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« Reply #4 on: October 12, 2012, 10:57:40 PM »

Another black mark against equine vets. They administered drugs to race horses for profitability then their trade association comprised of 7,500 equine vets, AAEP, supported slaughter. I could not figure out how they could support slaughter, which is not humane, and support it for the purpose of human consumption. The truth has come out, "horse meat contaminated with phenylbutazone (a carcinogen) and clenbuterol (a steroid)". You've got to be kidding; people in a medical field promoting horse meat with a known carcinogen for human consumption?

I realize there are vets who put the welfare of the horse first. It's the vets who put money first and the welfare of the horse second that have given the profession a black eye.

The lawmakers in Congress gave a lot of weight to AAEP's statement on slaughter in deciding not to pass the pending anti-slaughter, anti-transporation for slaughter legislation. They have an excuse though - they're not the brightest and they are money-driven.
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« Reply #5 on: October 13, 2012, 01:13:25 PM »

They vets have either knowingly or not knowingly have cost the horse industry dearly and are as much to blame for the demise of racing as the trainers that have given no thought to the horse!
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« Reply #6 on: October 13, 2012, 02:56:28 PM »

Fire at New Holland auction yard this morning!
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« Reply #7 on: October 15, 2012, 09:24:54 PM »

The latest and it looks like they're open for business again:

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« Reply #8 on: October 16, 2012, 12:24:54 PM »

ATTENTION MEAT-EATERS: All the dead animals you are eating are filled with crap a lot worse than Bute! Time to become vegetarians.
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« Reply #9 on: October 16, 2012, 06:39:07 PM »

Earl, I have to disagree with you. Where I shop, the food doesn't contain antibiotics, hormones or pesticides. Even if you become a vegan and shop at your average supermarket, you are probably eating genetically engineered or modified produce which contains Roundup, a weed killer.
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