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Every day, hundreds of American horses, wild and domestic, endure cruel travel conditions while being hauled hundreds of miles across the U.S. to meet their fate in the southern border town of Presidio, Texas. Known as "kill pens," this is where horses are gathered to be inspected by Mexican officials. Thousands of horses are crowded together in deplorable conditions, which include but are not limited to, lack of food, lack of water, lack of shade, lack of proper medication. Many die right where they were standing. Others get pushed and dragged by large tractors to get them out of the way. Dead horses not being disposed of properly. Many claim that these horses are old and unwanted, but that is not true. The majority of these horses come straight off the race tracks, big, healthy thoroughbreds. Others are purchased through deceptive advertising practices such as, "Wanted. Horses to good homes." Everyday innocent horse owners unknowingly sell their horses to kill buyers. Although other horses sent to slaughter have been outright stolen, the majority are purchased directly from auction lots. Once in Mexico, the horses go directly to the slaughter plants, which do not follow U.S. animal cruelty laws. From the time of arrival, fear sets in their eyes and never leaves. There is nothing humane about slitting a horse wide open when still alive. There is nothing humane about the entire process, from shipping/hauling to the final slit. In 2012, there have been two (2) major highway accidents involving fully-loaded horse trailers. There will be more.

Horse meat is exclusively a gourmet delicacy eaten in countries like China, Belgium, and Italy. It is not a type of sustenance, it is a delicacy for the rich. We need to stop exporting our horses to the gluttons of the world.

Horse meat is toxic and not fit for human consumption. Horses are not cattle, therefore, not treated as such. That means, all wormers, sprays and medications used on horses specify on their labels, "WARNING: Do not use in horses intended for human consumption." All of them say that! All are used on horses. Some folks may believe that the horse meat from Mexico and Canada is better. FALSE! Horse meat from Mexico and Canada originates in the United States.

The following is only one (1) commonly used medication:

"Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information published. However, it remains the responsibility of the readers to familiarize themselves with the product information contained on the USA product label or package insert.

Clipper (Phoenix Pharm.)
For Oral Use in Horses Only
ANADA 200-334, Approved by FDA
CAUTION: Federal law restricts this drug to use by or on the order of a licensed veterinarian. Federal law prohibits the extralabel use of this product in female dairy cattle 20 months of age or older.
DESCRIPTION: Phenylbutazone chemically is 4-butyl-1,2-diphenyl-3,5-pyrazolidinedione.
Mol. Wt. 308.38
Each 10 grams of powder contains 1 gram of phenylbutazone
INDICATIONS: Phenylbutazone is for the relief of inflammatory conditions associated with the musculoskeletal system in horses. In the treatment of inflammatory conditions associated with infections, specific anti-infective therapy should be used concurrently.
DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION: For Horses Only: Administer orally (using the 0.6 ounce (18 mL) scoop provided) on a small amount of palatable feed and mix well. Give 1 to 2 level scoops per 500 pounds of body weight, but do not exceed 4 scoops per animal daily. Use the high dose for the first 48 hours, then gradually reduce to a maintenance dose.
CONTRAINDICATIONS: Use with caution in patients who have history of drug allergy.
WARNING: Do not use in horses intended for human consumption.
HUMAN WARNINGS: Keep this and all medications out of the reach of children. Dispense in tight, child resistant containers.
PRECAUTION: Concomitant use with other anti-inflammatory drugs, such as NSAIDs or corticosteroids, should be avoided or closely monitored.
Phenylbutazone was first synthesized in 1948 and introduced into human medicine in 1949. Kuzell (1), (2), (3), Payne (4), Fleming (5) and Denko (6) demonstrated the clinical effectiveness of phenylbutazone in gout, gouty arthritis, acute arthritis, acute rheumatism and various other rheumatoid disorders in humans. Fabre (7), Domenjoz (8), Wilhelmi (9) and Yourish (10) have established the anti-rheumatic and anti-inflammatory activity of phenylbutazone. It is entirely unrelated to the steroid hormones.
Toxicity of phenylbutazone has been investigated in rats and mice (11) and dogs (12).
Phenylbutazone has been used by Camberos (13) in thoroughbred horses. Favorable results were reported in cases of traumatism, muscle rupture, strains and inflammations of the third phalanx. Results were not as favorable in the period treatment of osteoarthritis of the stifle and hip, arthrosis of the trapezious muscles and general arthritis. Sutter (14) reported a favorable response in chronic equine arthritis of long duration, fair results in severely bruised mare and poor results in two cases where the condition was limited to the third phalanx.
HOW SUPPLIED: Phenylbute is supplied in 2.2 lb (1 kg) jars each containing a dispensing scoop. One level scoop delivers 10 grams of powder containing 1 gram of phenylbutazone.
Store at room temperature, 15°-30°C (59°-86°F).
1. Kuzell, WC, Schaffarzick, RW, Naughler, WE, Gandia, C, and Mankle, EA: A.M.A. Arch. Inst. Med., 92:646 (1953).
2. Kuzell, WC, Schaffarzick, RW, Brown, B, and Mankle, EA: J.A.M.A., 149:729 (1952).
3. Kuzell, WC, and Schaffarzick, RW: Calif. Med., 77:319 (1952).
4. Payne, RW, Shelter, MR, Farr, CH, Hellbaum, AA, and Ishmall, WK: J. Lab. Clin. Med., 45:331 (1955).
5. Fleming, J, and Will, G: Ann. Rheumat., Dis., 12:95 (1953).
6. Denko, CW, and Rumi, D: American Pract., 6:1865 (1955).
7. Fabre, J, et al: Semain. Hop. (Paris), 31:87 (1955).
8. Domenjoz, R, et al: Arzneimittel-Forsch, 5:488 (1955).
9. Wilhelmi, G, and Pulver, R: Arzneimittel-Forsch, 5:221 (1955).
10. Yourish, W, Paton, B, Brodie, B, and Burns, J: A.M.A. Arch. Ophth., 53:264 (1955).
11. Hazelton, LW, Tusing, TW, and Hollana, EG: J. Pharmacol. Exper. Ther., 109:387 (1953).
12. Ogilvie, FB, and Sutter, MD: Vet. Med. 52:492 (1957).
13. Camberos, HR: Rev. Med. Vet. (Buenos Aries), 38:9 (1956).
14. Sutter, MD: Vet. Med., 53:83 (1958).
U.S. Patent #6,552,063 B2
Each jar contains: 100 grams of phenylbutazone.
Trademarks are property of Clipper Distributing Company, LLC.
Manufactured for: Clipper Distributing Company, LLC., St. Joseph, MO 64507
Net Contents:

2.2 lb (1 kg)
Rev. 07-11
NAC No.: 12561362"

And I repeat, that is just ONE drug. Horse meat is toxic!

Because of ineffective regulations, buyers, sellers, and transporters/haulers of horses pay no attention to the dangers of medications administered to the horses they are sending to slaughter. There are no regulations in place to test the meat for such substances. Mexico does not have to follow U.S. guidelines, thereby making it easy for them to slaughter whatever comes their way, whether toxic or not.

This needs to be banned.

Support this ban to protect the horses, and to protect consumers from eating toxic meats.


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