Each year, more than 100,000 American horses—working, racing and companion horses and even children’s ponies—are inhumanely transported long distances in cramped trailers without food, water or rest. Then they are brutally slaughtered, and their meat is shipped overseas for human consumption. The majority of these horses are young, healthy animals who could have led productive lives with loving owners if they’d been given the chance.
The UK food watchdog is considering whether legal action should be taken against companies at the centre of the scandal over horsemeat found in beef burgers.
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) said it would consult relevant local authorities and the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) before making a decision to take action.
After a meeting with food industry representatives, the FSA said it would continue a review of the traceability of the food products identified in an FSAI survey which uncovered the scandal.
In one case, testing revealed up to 29% of a Tesco burger was horse meat, while pig products were found in items labelled beef.
UK Slaughterhouse Secret Video Reveals Shockingly Illegal Horse Slaughter Practices and Animal Welfare Violations
Sky News has uncovered shocking animal welfare conditions at a UK horse abattoir.
They include animals being beaten, neglected and illegal procedures in the process of slaughtering British horses destined for European food markets.
CAUTION: Video includes graphic images of horses being mistreated.
Horsemeat has been found in frozen lasagna sold in supermarkets in the U.K., Ireland, France and Sweden. Some weeks ago, it was first reported that products labelled as beef patties or burgers actually contained horsemeat and testing revealed that some contained from 30 to 100 percent horsemeat.
This bill put before the House of Representatives, if passed, will state:
Congress finds that--
(1) unlike cows, pigs, and other domesticated species, horses and other members of the equidae family are not raised for the purpose of human consumption;
(2) equines raised in the United States are frequently treated with substances that are not approved for use in horses intended for human consumption and equine parts are therefore unsafe within the meaning of section 409 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act;
(3) equines raised in the United States are frequently treated with drugs, including phenylbutazone, acepromazine, boldenone undecylenate, omeprazole, ketoprofen, xylazine, hyaluronic acid, nitrofurazone, polysulfated glycosaminoglycan, clenbuterol, tolazoline, and ponazuril, which are not approved for use in horses intended for human consumption and equine parts are therefore unsafe within the meaning of section 512 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act; and
(4) consuming parts of an equine raised in the United States likely poses a serious threat to human health and the public should be protected from these unsafe products.