an open letter and appeal from Vicky Johnson
What Happened to my beloved horses Suzy and Echo, and why has the FDA, USDA and APHIS turned a Blind Eye to U.S. Tainted Horsemeat Entering the Human Food Chain?
I am devastated that I cannot locate my horses and all I am being told is lies, and I am sick and appalled at what may have become of them. I cry and write and I am pleading with you to help me find them.
I, Vicky Johnson, have been desperately trying to find my two Mares, Suzy and Echo, that were taken from me on April 15th, 2012 by two people that promised me they would provide them with a good home.
I have a draft affidavit of what I believe and know to be true here:
The U.S. FDA, USDA, APHIS, and FSIS have all turned a blind eye to the risks of potential human health concerns, placed on those that are eating U.S. horses by knowingly, willing and negligently allowing unregulated U.S. horses to be slaughtered for human consumption. They are allowing adulterated animals into a human food chain. There is basically NO traceability back to the real owner or medical histories of the majority of U.S. horses that are exported, designated ‘for slaughter’ and entering a human food chain and very little testing. That could be termed “terrorism”.
Our own government agencies do not keep or track the EID’s, Equine Identification Documents, that are sent with slaughter horses for traceability to the owner, The majority of those documents are created or ‘fabricated’ at the last leg of a horses entry into the slaughter system, primarily by the those that purchase them for slaughter – not even by the real last owner of the horse. The majority of U.S. horses change owners several times in the course of their lifetime and the EID’s that are created are suppose to be signed by the last owner indicating that the horse has ‘never’ had prohibited drugs that aren’t allowed in food animals used in a human food chain. These EID’s that are created or fabricated by ’owners’ that have purchased, or stolen, the horse for slaughter have rarely owned them for more than a couple weeks , if that, and they have no basis to make any claim that the horse has never had prohibited substances as drug histories are rarely transferred when a horse changes owners. The overwhelming majority of horses in the U.S. are not raised as food animals, and the majority of horse owners have no clue what is and isn’t allowed or prohibited in food animal production. Since the majority of horse owners are not food animal producers, they rely on their vets to administer medications as they see fit and many do not even keep a record and rarely are those records ever transferred to a new owner. There is nothing that prevents the last owner to claim the horse has never been given prohibited drugs and as far as I know, no one has been prosecuted for making such a statement in regards to slaughter horses, even if it was later determined to be false, and they knew it was false when they made it.
There is big money involved with re-opening horse slaughter facilities in the U.S. If they succeed in doing so, all 9 million U.S. horses would eventually be required to comply with foreign regulations that require traceability. That would entail individual identification that would undoubtedly cost all 9 million horse owners money, and then a tracking system that again would cost horse owners more money. Think about the money for identifying and tracking 9 million U.S. horses. Most horse owners will call their vet to microchip as they aren’t going to slap an ear tag on them, so that would be a vet call of between $35 and $50 and then there has to be a record system that isn’t going to be free, and multiply that by 9 million. If the U.S. should attempt to regulate U.S. horses as food animals, it would require an entire bureaucracy to implement a system to track medical histories to the point of origin for recall purposes. Why? The U.S. basically does not eat horse meat and the majority of horse owners will designate their horses ‘not for slaughter’ if given the opportunity. In addition, there is no guarantee that the foreign entities that are eating our toxic horses now will even buy one tomorrow. If they can find them somewhere else, cheaper or of better quality, they could stop buying any at any time and then we would be left with a large bureaucracy that costs all U.S. horse owners a lot of money and still have all the concerns over what to do with ‘unwanted’ horses.
It is also my understanding that should they succeed in re-opening horse slaughter facilities here in the U.S., our government will be held directly liable for adulterated food animals entering a human food chain. Since U.S. horses are not raised as food animals, there can be no ‘lot’ or ‘batch’ testing for residues to obtain a reasonable confidence level that their meat would be safe. A ‘lot or batch’ would indicate something of the ‘same’. They are not raised as food animals, they don’t have the same owners, aren’t kept under the same conditions, aren’t given the same feed, aren’t medically treated the same, and the majority of owners have no clue what is or isn’t allowed in animals used in a human
chain. The only thing the ‘same’ about U.S. horses is the species. Since U.S. horses can’t be labeled as the ‘same’ they should not be lot or batch tested for chemical residues. Each and every U.S. horse should be individually tested for chemical residues.
I have been told that my two missing mares, Suzy and Echo, were sold to a slaughter horse buyer. Almost everything that I have been told has been associated with a lie but I still do not know where my horses are. Both of my mares have been given ‘bute’, a drug that is prohibited in food animals, along with other medications. If they did get sent to be slaughtered, the EID’s were fabricated and they are not safe to eat.
Please, please I am pleading, help me find my horses. Time is of the essence. Help expose what is happening in the U.S. horse community. There is much more to my story and I hope you will contact me and help not only me, but my horses, the people that are eating toxic horsemeat, and the U.S. horse owning community.
There must be a responsible authority and accountability, but fair warning, there is big money involved and they don’t want the truth to be told.
Please look at the sites for the links provided. They will provide specific data on the lack of traceability of U.S. horses slaughtered for human consumption, scientific reports on toxic residues found in U.S. horsemeat and how our own government knows that there is no traceability.
Even within our own government reports a knowing lack of traceability.
Most of all, I just want my horses back. Please help me!
Vicky Johnson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/HelpFindSuzyandEcho.
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