The EID regs are a joke because the TBs coming up from the States do not ever go to a feedlot, supposedly for withdrawal. They go straight to slaughter. So no withdrawal from anything. And I will NEVER believe that TBs (or STBs/QH) directly from the track have no drugs whatsoever. Isn't bute a lifetime no no, ie there is no withdrawal period.
I know people are checking... and someone had read an article about that and is looking for it.
If is true, I will start believing in Santa again...
My source has tried the Richelieu plant all day yesterday and only got a recording!
So, I am going to write to Santa this year... too late for the Easter Bunny.. but if it's good for one breed, it should be good for all breeds. In other words, increase the hassle for other breeds as well.
I believe it is c, but they were "rejected" because of the mounting outcry about these two horses and others before. I realize that the reply from the s/h would read better in French, but basically TBs are too much of a headache for them to accept them. Too many people are looking out for them!
Whats to stop them from shipping to more horrible conditions in Mexico?
Well, as you mentioned, there are still several other slaughterhouses in Canada.
The only other thing stopping TBs from going to Mexico would be location/distance/expense. I imagine for shippers/dealers whose primary business is in Canada (which is most in the northeast and upper midatlantic), the only way to make money on these horses through the slaughter market is to buy them cheap enough to resell through other auctions (like Sugarcreek, where several dealers routinely ship to Mexico.)
I think for the bigger dealers/shippers in this area, that isn't worth the energy with so many other horses around. However I could easily see TBs from, say, eastern West Virginia, just being shunted up to Sugarcreek instead of New Holland, and from there horses go both north and south.
is Natural Valley still accepting horses? If so I could see that being a destination for US TBs (saskatchewan). But there was a big scandal over undercover video and iirc they stopped on horses at least temporarily.
"smile a lot can let us ride happy,it is good thing"
I wonder what really happened. Bit of a war of words on Alex Brown Racing (I don't usually read ABR, but saw mention of it on facebook). I'm sorry I got involved with posting on missing horses, quite frankly, now that I'm getting details. The one time I don't check out a poster thoroughly....
"We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals." ~Immanuel Kant
Unfortunatly i know Mark Wedig is a kill buyer, i was trying to locate a Micheal Gill horse named Master of Disaster a few years ago that Gill had sold to Weding and Weding claimed he never recieved/nor knew the horse...Master of Disaster was never found and as a huge fan of the horse(saw him run at Saratoga in person) don't wanna fathom where he ended up
Hi EightBells! I am the other person who offered Master of Disaster a home. -- From over on TB Champions --.
A lot of the Gill horses go to "the farm" and disappear forever. Another horse I wanted to buy (Grand Slam - Darby Shuffle) met the same fate.
Personally, I would like to see the reason for the refusal to be simply because of the very high likelihood of butazoladine toxicity in the carcass (one account stated that the SH was given a true drug history of the two horses and that was the reason for they were refused) rather than it is too frustrating to put up with all of the calls and protests dealing with ANY TB horse.
If the reason were because of the high likelihood of bute toxicity then this ban could hopefully also carry through to the other Canadian SHs but also to the Mexican ones, since they all play by the same rules.
If this happens with a ban on TBs, then some groups are going to have to start implementing some very difficult decisions re unsound/unfit horses.
Slightly OT but pertaining to drugs in the horses system before slaughtering....
Someone at a friends barn had her horse rendered (wasn't my horse, didnt ask questions, arrived after the deed was done.). Spoke with the ummmm, for lack of better term, "collector" (works for the rendering plant about 30 minutes from here), and according to him, meat which is tainted with drugs (I asked about euth drugs, but according to him it pertains to all drugs) is sent to another processing plant to be cooked in a high temp which eliminates the drugs in the meat (which is why there's a rendering fee if the animal is euthe'd by drugs, and no fee is assessed if euth'd by bullet). Now, this is a processing plant for animal consumption (dog food, etc), not human, no idea if there's a difference in what they do.