target: Ed Schafer, Secretary, USDA, The FDA & The CAC
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by February 8, 2013
AMERICAN HORSE-FLESH FILLED WITH TOXINS DANGEROUS FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION!
Surveys over the years have shown that the vast majority of Americans do not eat horsemeat. In fact, the very thought of eating horseflesh is reprehensible to most Americans. Even our own United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) DOES NOT include horses and/or equines on its "offical" list of approved food-chain animals. Despite these facts, America has the dark distinction of being the worlds largest exporter of horses for human consumption abroad.
Under the United States Department of Agricultures own regulations, the flesh of any animal is "capable of use as human food." The term "capable" shall apply "to any carcass, or part or product of a carcass of any animal..... UNLESS IT IS DENATURED
...or otherwise identified as required by regulations prescribed by the Secretary to deter its use as human food, or it is naturally inedible by humans."
Under this provision of the USDA's own regulations, it seems that any animal or carcass would be suitable for human consumption, that is, unless that particular animal or carcass was declared "denatured," by the USDA,......"or otherwise identified as (required by the regs) "to deter its use as human food."
So what does it mean to "denature" something? We went running to our Funkin' Wagnells to fnd out;
de·na·ture: verb (used with object), -tured, -tur·ing.
1. to deprive (something) of its natural character, properties, etc.
2.to render (any of various alcohols) unfit for drinking by adding an unwholesome substance that does not alter usefulness for other purposes.
3.Biochemistry. to treat (a protein or the like) by chemical or physical means so as to alter its original state.
4.to make (fissionable material) unsuitable for use in an atomic weapon by mixing it with unfissionable material.
SO NOW WE KNOW: to "denature" something is to change the nature of it, that is, to add something or do something to it to change it or alter it from its natural state.
It is well known by The American Equine Industry as well as by the USDA itself, that American horses are routinely injected and/or dosed with toxic chemicals that are clearly marked "Not for use on animals intended for human consumption." In addition to yearly vaccinations, American Horses are given wormer medications on a monthly basis, in addition to regualr medications prescribled for pain, allergies and other such normal, regular and expected equine malodies. In addition to that, many show, performance and race horses are routinely injected with steriods to enhance their looks and performance.
Under these circumstances, it would seem that, American horses by the very nature of our routine standard of care for them, are denatured from their natural state by the use of all the toxic drugs we inject or dose them with all marked, "NOT FOR USE ON ANIMALS INTENDED FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION. "
Is this nota concern for the USDA? By allowing our tainted, toxin filled horses to be exported abroad for human consumption, we are contributing to the poisoning of the worlds food-chain! It may be a slow and silent poisoning but it is a poisoning none-the-less for sure! Who knows what effect it is having on the consumers, and, in the long run, to the consumers children, and the consumers childrens children? There have been no studies on this subject, as far as we know.
Isnt it time we asked Mr. Ed Schafer, the Secretary of the USDA, to offically declare American Horses and their meat as "tainted, adulterated and therefore denatured" and UNFIT for human consumption anywhere in the world?
We think it is time. By the USDAs very own regulations this needs to be done.
Of course the USDA will probably counter this argument by coming up with a 30 day quarantine requirement (if they dont already have one!) which would allow time for the toxic drugs to leave the bodies of the horses, but even so, we doubt it will be enforced (without a fight) and will give us more legal ground to stand on when pushing for stricter enforcment of complaince (and cruelty) laws. In any event, imposing a 30 day quarantine, if enforced, will at the very least slow down "the slaughter pipe-line," as would make it more difficult and less profitable for the killers to process so many horses if they have to feed them all for an extra month while they stand in quaranteen waitng for the drugs to leave their system. Generally the horses go "from stable to table" in seven (7) days or less, and that is the way it would have to stay to make that "quick buck" off of the slaughter. The killers do not want their "product" standing around for any length of time. Time is money and they like to keep the slaughter machine going just as fast as it will go. A 30 day quarantine requirement would defininately slow down their operations and cost them money by cutting into the profitability of their operations.
*Footnote: There are always "nay-sayers" and people who will cast doubt on any new strategy or campaign, or say it cant be done. For an example, we received this in reply to our petition;
"Nice try, but it's a bit too late for that, since we're not slaughtering horses for human consumption in the USA anymore. Our regulations on what we consider fit for human consumption does not apply to animals being exported LIVE to other countries for slaughter. Now, if someone in Congress pulls a slow one on us, to try and get slaughter re-instated in the USA, then this little tactic might work. But as things stand now, it would have little to no effect."
Here is our reply:
"Maybe some people wont see it that way. Anyway you look at it, we are contributing to the poisoning of the worlds food supply by not "offically" warning the world about it. I understand your doubtfullness but not your unwillingness to at least TRY to get this matter of GLOBAL importance addressed. Do you have any better ideas, we mean other than "the usual stuff," like calling and faxing and writing and asking nicely? If so, we would love to hear them. At least we keep an open mind and are willing to try ANYTHING that might work OR at least draw attention to the matter.. Thanks for caring."
We also advised this "nay-sayer" of the following relevant portions of the USDA regs, and advised her to Study Up! Sec. 601 (k) & 2(b) doesapply back retroactivly to live animals; " as states ,.. If it (b) bears or contains (by reason of administration of any substance to the live animal or otherwise) any added poisonous or added deleterious substance..."
If you think this is a cause worth fighting for, regardless of the intricacies of the regs,...please sign the petition and let the powers-that-be (PTB) know what you think about this matter of utmost importance and of GLOBAL concern. Remember, it is their job to care!
USDA Regs. §602. Congressional statement of findings.
Meat and meat food products are an important source of the Nations total supply of food. They are consumed throughout the Nation and the major portion thereof moves in interstate or foreign commerce. It is essential in the public interest that the health and welfare of consumers be protected by assuring that meat and meat food products distributed to them are wholesome, not adulterated, and properly marked, labeled, and packaged. Unwholesome, adulterated, or misbranded meat or meat food products impair the effective regulation of meat and meat food products in interstate or foreign commerce, are injurious to the public welfare, destroy markets for wholesome, not adulterated, and properly labeled and packaged meat and meat food products, and result in sundry losses to livestock producers and processors of meat and meat food products, as well as injury to consumers. The unwholesome, adulterated, mislabeled, or deceptively packaged articles can be sold at lower prices and compete unfairly with the wholesome, not adulterated, and properly labeled and packaged articles, to the detriment of consumers and the public generally. It is hereby found that all articles and animals which are regulated under this chapter are either in interstate or foreign commerce or substantially affect such commerce, and that regulation by the Secretary and cooperation by the States and other jurisdictions as contemplated by this chapter are appropriate to prevent and eliminate burdens upon such commerce, to effectively regulate such commerce, and to protect the health and welfare of consumers.
Below are links to our "Targeted Ones,"..we encourage all to bombard them with calls and emails and faxes to let them know your concerns regarding this issue, and that you would like to see American Horses and their flesh offically declared "denatured." You can BET the Pro-Slaughters will be contacting them too, on this, opposing us with their twisted and self-centered, greed-driven points of view. We against equine slaughter vastly out-number them, there is NO doubt about that. They know it very well and you can believe, ... it does scares the hell out of them! So we must make a BIG noise. But numbers are not the only advantage we have over the pro-slaughter folk,.......we also have all the FACTS and the TRUTHS on our side; and one such truth is this: Real red-blooded "normal thinking" adverage Americans DO NOT eat horses, and think it reprehensible, down right barbaric, and even unpatriotic! Real Americans dont eat horses, period. Its a matter of fact and we aim to keep it that way.
Horse-slaughter is a horrible, repulsive, brutal, inhumane, agonizing way to end a horses life. The reality is that horse slaughter is a completely un-necessary evil, motovated and perpetuated only by the greed of those who are "in it" for the money. There is simply put, no reason for it. There are other, much more humane ways to end a horses life. For example, real humane euthansia, done on the farm in familiar territory surrounded by familiar people, performed by a vet thru a painless injection. Cant afford euthansia? Even a well placed bullet to a horses brain is better than slaughter. So what is the real problem here? The real problem is that slaughter pays while real humane euthansia costs. Its no secret anymore, ...as much and as hard as the pro-slaughter folk will deny,...its all about the almighty dollar, an easy way to make a buck, and NOT about "needing" a way to dispose of "so-many unwanted" horses. Wise up people, and dont believe the pro-slaughter hype.
Although the video in the link below was filmed before the closing of the last equine slaughterhouse in the USA, it is still a powerful commentary on the what our American horses are still going through today, and the heartlessness of the people in the industry involved in it. Watch and listen as workers in a Mexican slaughterhouse cheer a co-worker on as he brutally and repeatedly stabs a terrified horse to death;
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