From the Canadian Horse Defence Coalition:
On December 11, 2012, Jack Rodolico of Latitude News reported on the story of Silky Shark, a Standardbred racehorse who was slaughtered and slipped through the system to dinner plates, when his carcass should have been condemned.
The CHDC provides evidence of phenylbutazone entering the human food chain in Proof of CFIA Failure.
The report ends with a list of emails for concerned people to contact within various Canadian government organizations. Here are some talking points when you write with your concerns:
- Horses are not raised as livestock for human consumption.
- Horses come from unknown points to auctions and feedlots and, therefore, cannot be properly traced.
- The majority of pleasure and sport horses have received banned veterinary drugs during their lifetime.
- The EID program does not ensure reliable tracking history for horses. Owners are only required to declare “to the best of their knowledge” that their horse(s) has not received banned drugs for the previous six months. However, there is a long list of drugs that are banned for life including phenylbutazone and clenbuterol.
- The CHDC has evidence in their most recent reports of the failure of the EID program for North American horses. These reports include “Proof of Failure” and “Pasture to Plate“.
- The CFIA only does random testing on less than 1% of horses.
- Despite the CFIA’s weak safeguards, the CHDC’s “Proof of Failure” report provides compelling evidence that a Standardbred racehorse received phenylbutazone and entered the human food chain.
- There is no scientific evidence that phenylbutazone ever leaves the body and it has proved fatal to humans.