Follow up to “Horse slaughter in the USA.”
I have had some interesting comments on the slaughter issue. You can read them by clicking on comments. The most interesting is the response from visitors to my blog from outside the United States.
While we find the consumption of our equine charges and friends inconceivable, there are other places in the world where it is more common.
We are all aware of the nightmare that horses endure on their trip across our boarders to slaughter. But what about the unsuspecting end user? What is in that horse meat sitting on their dinner plates? Does anyone in their Countries inspect the meat destined for their families?
We worm our horses every sixty to ninety days. Every worm medication I have ever used, in the past five decades, warns not for use in horses destined for human consumption. With the increase of the equine population, and competition horses traveling the globe, inoculations for transmittable disease have become a way of life.
If you show you know that a negative Coggins has become a must in most cases, especially if you are traveling interstate. If you are old enough who can forget the panic of the VEE outbreak in the early 1970’s.
Equine medicine has come a long way since then, and prevention is the name of the game. In our area of Ohio it is common to inoculate our horses in the spring. At our farm we get rabies, tetanus boosters, eastern and western equine encephalitis, strangles, flu and rhino, as well as additional shots required to travel to other areas, or combat occasional outbreaks.
Because of the medications in our horses systems the EPA has stepped in to monitor the disposal of our horses. Twenty years ago you could donate your expired equine partners to the zoo to feed the big cats, or inter them at home, if you had the land. Not so today. Dead horses whether they died naturally, or had to be put down, go to a designated EPA burial site.
The question here is if our horses are not safe to feed to the cats at the zoo, or rest in the ground at a farm for fear of contaminating the ground water, how in the world could they be safe for human consumption?
It cost just short of two hundred dollars, to have your horse picked up and carried to an approved site. Another one to two hundred dollars to have an equine friend humanely put down by a Vet. Is it any wonder that folks struggling to keep their homes, and feed their kids have sent their horses and ponies to the killer auctions?
Let me hear your opinions on this topic. Leave a comment.