- 70% of the annual thoroughbred foal crop goes to slaughter
- 19% of the horses shipped to slaughter are thoroughbreds.
In addition, it is widely known that the horse racing industry is suffering from a dependency on performance enhancing drugs. While Phenylbutazone (bute) is not considered a performance-enhancing drug, it is a legal to administer and often overused in the racing industry. Dr. Sid Gustafson reported in New York Times Article “Now virtually all racehorses run on bute and Lasix.”
SO Follow my logic here….
- If all racehorses run on bute
- 130,000 horse go to slaughter for human consumption each year
- 19% of those are racehorses
Therefore (130,000 * 19%) 24,700 of those horses slaughtered are racehorses that have been administered bute.
On average there is a 60% yield of meat from a horse, and a racehorse weighs roughly 1,100 pounds. If you calculate 660 pounds of horse meat per horse each of the 24,700 racehorse slaughtered, you derived that 16,302,000 pounds of horsemeat from racehorses was consumed by humans last year throughout the world.
The big question is “How did the consumption of over 16 million pounds of horsemeat impact the health of those who consumed horse meat tainted with bute?” ~ If Google search deaths from phenylbutazone you will find no relevant deaths for humans. If you search the academic databases you will find only sparse literature on the topic. See example below:
I personally feel if we are going to put forth an argument against equine slaughter we should make it a strong argument with no obvious holes….