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Lessons for the BLM 

May 31, 2013

images-3Strange as it may seem, an outfit named World Horse Welfare pulled together a number of other groups in Scotland and tackled a herd of wild horses horses without using helicopters, armed guards, shock sticks or any of the usual BLM methods. In fact, they rounded them up on foot and horseback. 

Separated by sex, they gelded the stallions, trimmed the hooves and picked a hundred or so to train. You really need to see this video. Or maybe you shouldn’t. After all, our very own BLM should know best how to handle wild horses, right?

Watch the video and be inspired.

Ian Stark’s Rescued Horses Thriving in New Job by Horsetalk.co.nz - “The horses and ponies which had naturally separated in different herd groups were rounded up in just two days by eight World Horse Welfare staff who were on foot, 14 Royal Marines, as well as six HorseBack UK representatives who were riding their own horses.”

That’s the positive section for today. On the other side of the news, let me lead you to a story posted in the Star about the system in Canada that prevents drugged horsemeat from entering the food system. Read this, but come back – there’s more.

Star investigation: Drugged horses slipping through ‘inadequate’ food system

The horse “passport” Canada relies on to keep toxic meat off dinner tables around the world is open to fraud and error, a Star investigation has found, confirming the findings of an international audit.
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Yesterday there were two comments posted in the Star regarding that story: one is from a vegetarian that said she didn’t need to worry about it, and the second, that one that really jerked me, was by Dr. Richard Arsenault, Executive Director, Agrifood, Meat and Seafood Safety Directorate, Canadian Food Inspection Agency.
Dr, Arsenault says:

This article alleges that Canada’s food safety system is “inadequate” to protect consumers from horsemeat contaminated with prohibited veterinary drugs such as phenylbutazone (“bute”) or nitrofurazone.

Protecting the health and safety of consumers is the top priority of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and there are multiple safeguards in place to verify that horsemeat is safe to eat.

CFIA veterinarians and inspectors conduct daily inspections in horse slaughter plants aimed to identify any animal that, based on its appearance and history, may have been treated with prohibited drugs. (For example, racehorses and horses showing signs of arthritis may have been treated with phenylbutazone.) The meat from these animals may be held from the marketplace until testing is performed and no drug residues are found.

In addition to this targeted testing, the CFIA also has a monitoring program to randomly test meat for the presence of veterinary drug residues and other contaminants.

Since 2002, the CFIA has been regularly testing horsemeat for veterinary drugs such as phenylbutazone and nitrofurazone. Results show an extremely high compliance rate.

Furthermore, the vast majority of horsemeat produced in Canada is exported and subjected to testing in other countries. This testing also confirms high levels of compliance with food safety requirements.

Finally, the CFIA is continuing to work with the equine industry to ensure they understand federal requirements. The majority of the equine industry is committed to meeting these requirements and co-operating with the CFIA to address any food safety concerns.

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Sometimes you just look at statements like that in total disbelief. This is a prime example of those who supposedly have the intelligence, education and authority to protect and serve the public, but instead use their position to mislead, cover up and flat out lie. Based on his statement, not one of the thousands upon thousands of racehorses from American tracks have shown any sign of being drugged. He is the authority, so it must be true, right?

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