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You Can Help to Prevent Horse Slaughter!

We encourage you to read significant new scientific research that identifies an imp
ortant public health risk:  the association of phenylbutazone ("bute") usage with horses bought for slaughter.  Just click on the icon in this frame.

Sixty-seven million pounds of horsemeat derived from American horses were sent abroad for human consumption last year.  Although horses are not raised as food animals in the United States, mechanisms to ensure the removal of horses treated with banned substances -- like "bute" -- from the food chain are inadequate at best.

The FDA has forbidden the use of "bute" in animals intended for human consumption (including horses) because "bute" produces serious, and often fatal, effects in humans.  The number of horses that received this drug before being sent to slaughter for human consumption is unknown, but its presence in some is highly likely.  Thus, people are eating contaminated horse meat without even knowing it!

Please also consider downloading and printing this short paper -- it's only five pages -- and sending it to your Congressional Representative and both your Senators along with a brief letter summarizing the paper's findings.  Here are some talking points you may wish to use:
bulletThe Food & Drug Administration order bans "bute" in all food-producing animals including horses.
bulletBecause horses are not raised for food in the US, there is no mechanism to remove horses given banned drugs from the slaughter pipeline.
bullet"Bute" is also banned in food-producing animals in Canada, the UK, and the EU.
bulletThe paper shows that people are eating contaminated horse meat without knowing it.
bulletHorses are also given other banned substances like wormer (ivermectin) every two months because of local and state laws regarding the proper care of animals, but there is no mechanism to remove these horses from the slaughter pipeline.
bulletThe bottom line is:  the availability, popularity, efficacy, and low cost of "bute" make it a very popular drug to use in horses for musculoskeletal injuries.  The paper shows that 100% of the horses followed in the study were given "bute" before being sent to slaughter for human consumption.  It is disturbing that 5 million pounds of dressed horsemeat was contaminated with "bute," and people who ate this contaminated horse meat did so without their knowledge!
bullet"Bute," a banned drug with a deadly profile, has been identified as a carcinogen by the National Toxicology Program and has been shown to cause death because of bone marrow suppression.  The FDA ban is being circumvented, and you urge your Representative / Senator to stop the transportation of US horses across both borders.

Thank you!


Help Us Continue to Make Miracles Happen ...

What's worse than dying a slow and painful death from starvation?  Being a mom and watching your baby die from starvation, too, knowing you're supposed to be able to provide milk to keep that baby alive. 

Dingolay (aka Layla) and her baby (Tonka), plus a 3-year-old filly (Sienna Rachel), arrived at our rescue on May 15, 2009.  The baby and his mom were in critical condition -- the baby was holding on by a thread.  Sadly, Tonka died three days later at the hospital.

Click on this link to read about them and keep up-to-date about their status.

Magic is an Arabian stallion who had been treated very badly and was afraid of humans.  Click here to go to Magic's page to learn more about him and to check on his progress.

From living in fear like this ...                              ... to this!



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