The BIG DEAL about Horse Meat

Straight from the Horse's Heart

Source: Letter to Editor of The Berkshire Eagle from Barbara Kellogg

horses are administered not only antibiotics, but a pharmacy of drugs banned from the food chain…”

Monday April 22, 2013

The April 5 op-ed by Peter Albertson, “Why the fuss about horse meat?” missed the key reasons why there is indeed a ruckus: primarily that horse meat is profoundly toxic and inhumanely produced.

Horses — particularly racehorses, an estimated 60 percent of whom end up at slaughter — are walking pharmacies. “Eating them is about as healthful as eating food contaminated with DDT,” says Dr. Nicholas Dodman, professor of clinical sciences at Tufts University’s Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine.

Antibiotics used in cattle have been approved for use in food animals. By contrast, horses are administered not only antibiotics, but a pharmacy of drugs banned from the food chain, including hormones, steroids, coagulants, sedatives, parasiticides and…

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