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Hiding from a killer-buyer

Hiding from a killer-buyer

Media reporters usually try to write unbiased reports, be they for TV or print.  However, we’re also used to seeing the lack of research, the quoting of unsubstantiated “facts” and biased, pro-slaughter angle stories. In the article below, one is led to believe that it can’t happen here, that the slaughter of American horses has long passed and we are all safe from the corruption found in the EU. In addition, the ABC News reporters on TV see horse slaughter and the EU scandal as a source on intense humor, laughing insanely as their own jokes about Burger King and White Castle hamburgers.

Just FYI, 160,000 horses from the US were slaughtered and shipped to the EU for human consumption last year alone, most filled with bute and a dozen other drugs forbidden for human consumption.

“The bottom line is that no horse meat is legally being slaughtered for commerce right now in the United States.” – True, but shouldn’t the reporter mention that our horses are transported south and north, across the border, with no inspection, no passport, no medical history, often straight off the racetrack or from the vet’s clinic?

What a sad disservice to their viewers and hardly a laughing matter.

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European Horse Meat Scandal Not Likely to Happen in U.S.

by Sydney Lupkin/ Feb 15 ,2013/ ABCNews

Europeans were horrified to learn that their frozen processed beef products — including lasagna and hamburger — tested positive for horse meat, but experts said it was unlikely that horsemeat could ever make it onto plates on this side of the Atlantic.

The United States no longer slaughters horses or imports horse meat from other countries, a U.S. Department of Agriculture spokesman told In addition, none of the companies or countries that recalled beef in connection to the labeling scandal exports beef to the United States.

“It’s difficult to say that it could never happen here, but it’s a lot less likely,” said William Hallman, the director of the Food Policy Institute at Rutgers University. “The bottom line is that no horse meat is legally being slaughtered for commerce right now in the United States.”

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland announced on Jan. 15 that its meat labeling investigation of 27 hamburger products (which were supposed to contain only beef) revealed that 37 percent of them tested positive for horse DNA, and 85 percent tested positive for pig DNA.

But no one seems upset about the mislabeled pig meat.

“Largely, it’s not a food-safety issue,” Hallman said. “It’s that people expected one thing and got another. What they got is culturally inappropriate for a lot of people.”

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AUTHOR: Jerry Finch
  • Marcia

    Too many people just don’t care. As for the laughing, that seems to be a part of most stories on animals–even reporters can’t take it seriously. Either the news is too “graphic” to show and disturb people (although they should be disturbed and maybe do something to help), or it is something for the fools to make jokes about. I see it often, and it is infuriating!

    February 16, 2013
  • Hoof Hugs

    I am starting to think that our media is suffering from extreme vertical housing, urban living syndrome. I don’t want to over-generalize, but the positions the media takes on issues are so off the pulse of people who do live within a few miles of Madison Avernue.

    Imagine when they were given a new bottle of Elmer’s glue to use in First Grade–they probably though it was funny that glue was made from recycled parts of the horse.

    I wonder if some of these people love anything other than their make-up man, mirrors, or the sounds of their voices.

    A NY talking head may think that banning guns of different types is a great idea, but for a woman living in a rural area, a gun with multiple rounds might be a necessity. A police officer once told me that if you are actually confronted with someone trying to hurt or kill you, what happens is nothing like we see on TV. It may take multiple rounds for someone seized with fear to be able to hit someone, especially people in a group they may be breaking in. Read Capote’s IN COLD BLOOD.

    I rarely watch the news these days. Once you figure out how to find Senate and House hearings and other information from the government web sites, you can get information straight from the horse’s mouth.

    We live at a time when the media is as lo-information as some of our voters. What is worse, these lo-info journalists have forgotten that there job is to be curious and investigate. Journalism is as dumbed down as public education with very few exceptions.

    ABC this is a serious issue. People will die, usually children and the elderly because some of them will have an alergic reaction to legal, veterinary drugs used inheres not raised for food. How do we know this? Because 70% of veterinary drugs used in horses were once used on people, their effects when consumed by some humans has been deadly. People have died almost instantly from serum reaction to pheylbutazone.

    ABC, some of these drugs bind at the molecular level to the muscle tissue of the horse (cow, pig) ’s. While some of the drug will be metabolized out of the horses system, the rest of the drug will be molecularly bonded to the meet and will be part of what is consumed. These drugs have the ability to alter the telemeres in DNA, which is the way a normal cell begins to mutate to become an abnormal cell eventually becoming cancer.

    Perhaps ABC staffers would enjoy a filet of former TB race horse enhanced with the usual industrial toxins as well as cobran venom, viagra, and a little cocaine. Invite all the other uninformed and curiosity challenged media over for dinner or lunch, invite a few of your wealthy lobbyist friends, and have at it. The joke is on you.

    I, for one, am sick and tired of a media that forgets that it exists to turn a light on corruption and wrong doing. If ABC and others think that the purpose of the news is to create humor from current issues, why not just clone Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert or contract with the people who have their broadcasting rights. Though I don’t always agree with their points of view, there is more honesty and outrage revealed by some of these comedians than is ever heard anywhere else despite the acknowledged biases of the performers.

    February 16, 2013
    • Judy Lane

      Be sure your ABC News reports include what happens to horses that go to slaughter in Canada and Mexico!! This is not a laughable matter. Read the comment left by Hoof Hugs….this person hit the nail on the head about the consequences of people eating tainted meat. And Margaret’s comment. Smart people who know the real reason behind slaughter here in the US. GREED and MONEY talks.

      February 21, 2013
  • Margaret

    Over 100,000 horse from the USA are shipped north and south over the border to be slaughtered for human consumption in Europe.

    Most of these horses if they were properly tested would fail ny and all tests. Worming medications, fly sprays Bute the list goes on. Some of these drugs have a withdrawal period–like 6 months. THERE IS NO SAFE WITHDRAWAL PERIOD FOR BUTE. This means that horse should be refused t the slaughter plant.

    But money and greed override common decency.

    To think it can’t happen here is to have your head stuck in the sand. It happened in Europe even with their stringent laws. I can’t prove it but I’m sure it’s happening here. To believe otherwise is sheer insanity.

    I want a simple at home test that I can run on my own beef. Make sure it isn’t contaminated with horse or pork. Make certain it isn’t contaminated with Bute.

    Do I trust our government? NO. Its illegal to send wild horses and burros to slaughter but BLM sold over 1700 horses to a KNOWN kill buyer–who won’t say what he did with the horses. We’ve been asking Ken Salazar to tell us what the investigation found. To date he hasn’t said a word. By the way Ken not only knew the kill buyer, his family has done prior business with the man–but Kennie threatened to punch out a member of the press because he didn’t like the questions.

    February 16, 2013
  • Valentina Annerino

    ABC news editor; Have you not been following Oklahoma’s, and other states’ pursuit of legalizing horse slaughter and building slaughterhouses here? Do you not know that 160,000 American horses were shipped to Canada and Mexico, to be slaughtered and their meat sent to EU for human consumption? How can you have your news staff mislead the public in such a large and tragic way?! Do some research, for goodness sake, before You continue to spread misinformation about horse slaughter in the U.S.

    February 16, 2013
    • sherriey

      how can they tell the truth….they are all pro-gov! they do and say what they are paid to do and say!!!!!
      think about it! why would they go against an administration thats pro-slaughter?????

      February 17, 2013
  • Jade

    The pomposity of humans never ceases to amaze me. I am so fed up with my government officials and the corporate mentality that seems to permeate everything in this country and on the planet any more. Wonder what the “spin” will be when people start dying from eating “tainted meat” in this country? Perhaps a repeat of the spin on the BP spill? “Not our fault! The horses are contaminated and need to be destroyed!” Let’s see – once we completely destroy the eco-system on the planet and can’t blame the animals anymore, who will our government point the finger at next? Time is running out for this type of mentality. Hopefully WE THE PEOPLE are paying attention and figuring out how to turn it all around…soon!

    February 16, 2013
  • Jo-Anne Ward

    Worth repeating,those ABC reporters should be disciplined if not fired for their
    inappropriate behaviour! I watched my Thoroughbreds run to try for the $cheques$.
    Bute, Banamine,Ace,Lasix, Anti-histamines etc
    is what my horses got. Kill buyers at racetracks everywhere, corruption and $$greed!
    Cruel, horrific transport and death these horses face. Groomed,scared,and slaughtered!Kids eat this meat at dinner. Disgusting and unacceptable! Funny? Other livestock wearing blankets and shoes. The entire shady horsemeat industry makes me furious. Harper needs to wake up and support Bill C-322 in Ottawa now.

    February 16, 2013
  • This is happening all the time. And thanks to BLM, “protected” donkeys and wild horses are winding up in cans, too. I would like PETA and all the rest of the humane agencies send in their troops. Go into a slaughterhouse and film as part of a REAL government investigation should do, unannounced, how our companion animals are treated; video a real horse auction (there was a horrible one in Orange County, CA when I lived there 30 yrs. ago, but any one will do.
    We are still a country of morals and ethics.
    We do not eat our helpmates. And we shouldn’t allow them to be killed. If you must give up your equines and asses, have them euthanized. You won’t get rich on pennies on the pound. This is disgusting.
    Don’t forget to get on BLM Salazar’s backside, and on the one who is replacing him.
    To a sentient being – our horses, donkeys and mules, this is unspeakably horrible. There are just no words to convey my anger and disgust.

    February 16, 2013
  • Did you know that 160,000 US horses went to Canada and Mexico last year to be slaughtered for export to Europe. No drug histories went with those horses, the horses were treated with “Bute” and several other drugs that were banned from the Human Food Chain. Did you read about Oklahoma going to set up slaughter houses for horses??? It is disgusting to me slaughtering companion animals for meat. The owners should euthanize their horses when they are at the end of their lives.

    February 17, 2013
  • I hate how the human race these days seems to be so selfish and ignorant. 🙁

    February 18, 2013
  • Patti LaRue

    If you’re going to report a story, report the WHOLE story. Please, tell us how bute affects the unborn fetus of a mother who had that horse steak for din-din, and if you don’t know what it does… Do your RESEARCH!!!

    February 18, 2013
  • Mary

    They need to sell cruelty for ratings. It’s the same with America’s “Funniest” Home Videos where I see people take falls and violent things happen all for a belly laugh. I know some of those people are injured for life like I was. If they had to deal with the ramifications of the injuries they wouldn’t be laughing so hard. It’s the cruelty is funny mindset.

    February 18, 2013
  • Christi

    I had more than 500 words to comment to reporter Syndey Lupkin. So I am mailing mine
    directly to him. I did suggest that he try to research his limited knowledge of what is involved with horse meat. I gave him a few sites regarding the closing of the slaughter houses here in Texas, what happens in the houses in Canada and Mexico. I pointed out our government has not been able to stop E.coli in our food, and to brush up on his knowlege of Bute and dewormers we all use. I want to know exactly what goes into my food, harmful or not. Does he know about the wild horses and OK holding pens? If the idiots in OK City government are planning to auction horses from those holding pen. Oh, for the wrath of God to strike those who so cruelly attack His creations, our animals. NOW!

    February 18, 2013
    • Christi

      If you care to write Mr. Lupkin directly:
      Mr. Sidney Lupkin
      ABC News
      47 West 66th Street
      New York, NY 10023

      February 19, 2013
  • Jackie

    Inaccurate, incomplete and misleading reporting. Shame on you Sidney Lupkin and ABC News!!

    February 19, 2013