Photo Of The Week 2/7/2012

Photo from Album | WE DON’T EAT OUR HORSES

Would you feed your family a nice Pot Roast made from freshly slaughtered horse meat with potatoes, onions and carrots, that also contains Tolazoline Hydrochloride, Ketoprofen, Xylazine Hydrochloride, Hyaluronate Sodium, Phenylbutazone, Omeprazole, Ivermectin, Acepromazine Maleate, and Boldenone Undecylenate?

Would you send tainted horse meat to other countries, for other families to feed their hungry children – considering the ever increasing demand for protein to feed increasing human populations? (So say the Slaughter Enthusiasts – did they ever hear of beans and rice?)   Would that be Ethical/Moral behaviour?


Tissue levels of phenylbutazone and oxyphenbutazone are highest in kidney. In one study, high levels were also found in liver, lung and heart whereas the lowest levels were found in muscle (gluteus and biceps) and tendon (Lees et al., 1987). Since the elimination of PBZ follows exponential decay, traces of PBZ will remain as a contaminant of horsemeat in previously treated horses for a very long and as yet undetermined period of time. Oxyphenbutazone has NSAID properties and at one time was thought to be less toxic than PBZ.

However, oxyphenbutazone also has serious adverse effects in humans including those of producing aplastic anemia, agranulocytosis, thrombocytopenia, leucopenia, pancytopenia, and hemolytic anemia (Chaplin, 1986). The mortality rate of PBZ- and oxyphenbutazone-induced aplastic anemia was 94% and 71%, respectively (Benjamin et al., 1981; Böttiger and Westerhom, 1973; Cameron et al., 1966; Chaplin, 1986; Deaths due to butazolidin, 1952; Dunn, 1972; Etess and Jacobson, 1953; Hale and DeGruchy, 1960). Overall, the data suggest that the risk for the development of the lethal adverse effects in humans by PBZ and oxyphenbutazone are not always dose dependent indicating an idiosyncratic effect. In addition to its well-known bone marrow suppression effects, PBZ is also associated with a hypersensitivity reaction in the liver which can cause death (Benjamin and Ishak,1981).Taken together, it is clear why phenylbutazone is currently unavailable for human use in the United States and is banned in animals destined for human consumption.  (Editor’s comment:  Would you even feed this stuff to your dogs?)  CLICK  HERE  to read more about the toxins contained in Horse Flesh for Human Consumption.


BACKGROUND FROM |  VETERINARIANS FOR EQUINE WELFARE  discussing Drugs prohibited for use in horses intended for human consumption.


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