Dr. Ann Marini to discuss the drugs that the BLM gives to wild horses & burros (Wed., Nov. 8, on Wild Horse & Burro Radio)

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Our guest tonight is Ann Marini, Ph.D., M.D. and she will be talking about the drugs that the Bureau of Land Management gives to wild horses and burros.  We compiled a list of drugs from information on FOIA requests and from verification by BLM staff.

Dr Marini earned both her Ph.D. degree from the Department of Biochemistry, 1978, and her medical degree from the Georgetown School of Medicine in 1980.  She completed a residencies in medicine at UMASS Worcester, Massachusetts; 1980-1983; and in Neurology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York, 1983-1986.  She was a Senior Staff Fellow at NINDS/NIMH, 1986-1993.  Her research interests include neuropharmacology, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, Mechanisms of Neuronal Cell Death and Neuronal Intrinsic Survival Pathways.  Dr. Marini’s group published the peer-review article: Association of phenylbutazone usage with horses bought for slaughter: A public health risk authored by Nicholas Dodman, Nicolas Blondeau and Ann M. Marini and this manuscript was published in the peer-review journal Food and Chemical Toxicology in 2010.

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Slaughtered U.S. Horses NOT OK Says EU

Report and photos supplied by Animal’s Angels

Drug Residues in U.S. Horses HUGE CONCERN for EU

American Horses waiting for slaughter ~ photo courtesy of Animal's Angels

On U.S. soil or Canadian, the issue of drug residues in U.S. horses is hugely concerning to the EU, as evidenced in their most recent inspection report. The report, released on October 26, 2011, uses phrases like, “no official guarantee”, “could not be considered reliable”, “inadequate”, “no supporting evidence”, “standards are not industry practice”, and focuses on concerns about traceability and certification.

Bluntly labeled “Not satisfactory” were the “identification and movement of horses”, “controls of veterinary drugs“, and “residue controls and certification.” In other words, without focusing on humane slaughter issues, EU inspectors found handling is in many ways deficient.

Calling kill buyers’ sworn statements ‘affidavits,’ the report admits, “horses from the US were accompanied by the signed Affidavit (EID) of the last owner, covering the medical treatment during the last six months, which in many cases was a horse dealer. Nevertheless, no official guarantee was received by the CFIA from US authorities that this guarantee was verified and could be considered as reliable.”

Inspectors note that, “No statement in the US Health Certificate is required or provided as to the former use of the horses, their treatment with veterinary drugs, in particular with regard to certain substances having a hormonal or thyreostatic action or to beta-agonists.

Canadian authorities informed the Commission Services over 18 months ago that they were having “continuing discussions with US authorities” in regards to official controls on the treatment history of horses to be exported to Canada for slaughter. No further action taken by CFIA was noted. Over 70% of horses going directly to slaughter at EU regulated plants in Canada were imported from the US.

Canadian Truck leaving Sugarcreek with a load of American horses ~ photo courtesy of Animal's Angels

“Fit for travel?” The FVO audit team was informed that if animals unfit for travel are found the consignment would not be allowed enter Canada. A facility is available for individual examination. But audit officials found that “No animals had been detained for a closer examination since the introduction of the control procedure.”

This is likely a factor in last week’s announcement regarding specific times and locations of border entry points with inspection effective January 1, 2012. But it further raises the question of what happens to animals considered unfit for travel and rejected at the border?

Cover up? Indications of possible covering up tainted meat where Inspectors note, “in one horse slaughterhouse the tongues were not identified and all the heads were condemned immediately after the post-mortem examination, which did not allow for a re-sampling of at least 50g sample from animals with a positive or inconclusive result.”

Additionally, “insufficient separation between EU eligible and non-eligible carcasses on the slaughter line” was reported.

Read the full FVO inspection report…