Equine Herpes Virus is still making the news. After our own scare here locally right by the Habitat for Horse’s ranch, we were in quarantine for weeks. Oregon is the latest state to be under the EHV scare. ~ HfH
More Oregon horses have Equine Herpes Virus
CORVALLIS, Ore. -Three more cases have been found in Oregon of horses infected with Equine Herpes Virus 1, or EHV-1, officials said Tuesday, and one animal has the most serious “neurotropic” form of the virus that is far more likely to cause serious, sometimes permanent neurological damage.
An initial case of EHV-1 reported last week, and also being treated in isolation at Oregon State University, only had the more common wild strain of the virus. That horse did show neurologic symptoms, although animals with that strain of EHV-1 more often have a disease that causes respiratory infection or abortion in pregnant mares.
Two more cases have been identified of horses with the wild strain, that are not showing signs of neurologic disease, and they are being treated at their home stables in Polk County. Both forms of EHV-1 are highly contagious to horses, but not transmissible to people.
However, a fourth case has been confirmed with the neurotropic form of EHV-1, veterinary experts say, which increases the seriousness of the current outbreak, and makes it increasingly important that horse owners in Oregon practice strong biosecurity management of their animals.
Recently U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and members of both parties introduced the latest version of the SAFE (Safeguard American Food Exports) Act. The SAFE Act will make it so equine (horses and other members of the equidae family) meal will be an unsafe food additive or animal drug.
This act will also prohibit the knowing sale or transport of equines or equine parts in interstate or foreign commerce for purposes of human consumption. In response, Business Insider has posted an article yesterday on why Americans should eat horsemeat. Trying to use the supposed over population of wild horses as the reason is ridiculous. Horses owned by humans have been injected by drugs not safe for our consumption. Wild horses only number in the tens of thousand, their numbers would be wiped out in a week if Americans took up eating horse meat. A terrible idea. Here are two articles on the subject – the first one is about the SAFE Act, the second is the Business Insider article – be sure to go there to comment. ~ HfH
FOR THE SAFE ACT
Keep horse meat off the dinner table, Menendez says
WASHINGTON – Beef may be what’s for dinner, but horse meat won’t be under legislation introduced Thursday in both houses of Congress by U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez and a bipartisan group of lawmakers.
The Safeguard American Food Exports Act, which also was introduced in the last Congress, would prevent horses from being killed for food in the U.S. and ban exports of horses if they are going to be eaten in other countries.
“We must do all we can to protect American consumers from serious health risks and this bill helps keep toxic horsemeat off our dining room tables,” said Menendez (D-N.J.). “American horses are treated with drugs that should not enter the food supply and our bipartisan coalition wants to prevent damage to the reputation of the entire U.S. food industry, while simultaneously standing firm against the cruel slaughter of horses.”
Congress so far has been able to ban the practice on a temporary basis by annually adding a provision to the agriculture spending bill that bans the Agriculture Department from spending money to inspect facilities that would be used to slaughter horses. Without the inspections, the facilities cannot open.
From: Business Insider
Why Americans should be eating more horse
Our diets have drastically changed since the 1990s, and we’re drinking 4 times more alcohol
Back in 2013, when consumers in Europe learned that many of their meat goods were secretly mixed with or even 100% horse meat, they freaked out.
For some, it was just the notion that they’d been lied to about the contents of their food that was repugnant, but in a few countries like the U.K. the very notion of eating horses at all, even if knowingly, was odious.
And as it turns out that aversion may be even stronger in America, where restaurants that tried to have a little tongue-in-cheek fun by serving (clearly labeled) horse steaks after the European kerfuffle had to back down after they received bomb threats and hate mail followed by dissuading visits from the Food and Drug Administration.
Even if they’d managed to overcome this dissent, they wouldn’t found it difficult to procure the meat, given that in the U.S. it’s not only illegal to sell secretly mixed horsemeat blends as in Europe, but in some states it’s illegal to produce or consume it forthright—and federal procedures make it near-impossible to slaughter a horse in this country.