The Obligatory Bute Posting
July 4, 2012 by shedrowconfessions
I’ve been putting off discussing Bute and horse meat for a number of reasons. The main reason, for me, is I actually don’t care if PSAs eat tainted horse meat should slaughter houses reopen. If they are stupid enough not to heed all the warnings and the EU ban on it, then I consider it a process in natural selection for those people to eat a Bute Burger. Our aspiring horse eaters are operating under the misguided assumption that people have told them that they will drop dead or get sick immediately if they ingest Bute or tainted meat. It would seem that the PSA scholars do NOT understand how carcinogens work.
To understand why Bute comes with the warning label that it should not be used on animals intended for human consumption, we have to understand what a carcinogen is:
A substance or agent that can cause cells to become cancerous by altering their genetic structure so that they multiply continuously and become malignant. Asbestos, DDT, and tobacco smoke are examples of carcinogens.
All those people who worked with Asbestos did not realize at the time what the consequences would be. They probably all went home after work and carried on with a normal life. Nobody got sick from upon first contact. It often took YEARS for the damage to show or for anybody to realize it was the cause of black lung disease. Once it was understood how dangerous Asbestos was, it was banned from being used. In fact, if an old building that still has it is knocked down, they basically treat it like a bio-hazard and use extreme precaution in handling it.
So, let’s get back to Bute. Bute was actually used on humans for rheumatoid arthritis and gout around 1949 until it was eventually linked to some severe toxic reactions along with blood dyscrasias, including aplastic anemia, leukopenia, agranulocytosis, thrombocytopenia, and deaths. As a result, Bute was banned for any use by humans in the US. This does not mean that people haven’t ingested it over the years. I’ve ended up with it in my mouth after blowing it down a horse’s throat. Hell, I stabbed myself with a West Nile Vaccination a few years ago and that was a horrible mess. Shit happens. Bute has been identified as a carcinogen by The National Toxicology Program (NTP). At the present time, there is no approved usage in food-producing animals. That means NONE. Zero.
Since we don’t slaughter horses at the present time, the FDA report deals mainly with Dairy cattle. The use of Bute is prohibited in any animal over the age of 20mths due to residues being found at the time of slaughter. They found levels that are toxic to humans and not considered to be safe for consumption in cattle that had been slaughtered. This wasn’t written up by some Phd guy that scores body condition on horses nor was it written up by a DVM that was trying to find an acceptable competition level in an animal’s system. This report was coming directly from the FDA and from their toxicologists. I think I’m going to give them the upper hand here on what Bute can do to a human.
Guess what else you can’t give an animal that is intended for food use? Acepromazine (ACE), which if you have ever gelded a horse or needed to sedate them in any way, they’ve probably had it. You can’t use Furacin or Clenbuterol either. The list goes on and on and unless you are a completely neglectful horse owner, chances are your horse has had these drugs administered to them at some point in their life. The only truly organic horses are likely the wild horses and we already have that base covered with the editor of the fledgling magazine The Wild Ones supporting slaughtering wild horses even if he does claim his magazine takes no stance. At least it will be amusing to watch that drama play out. I hear he’s a bit of a hot head.
So, all the PSAs that don’t want to believe that Bute is harmful to humans and may lead to any number of horrible diseases are probably still going to go ahead and eat horses. Captain Douchebag Douquette served up a horse meat BBQ at his ranch a few months ago even. I hope the participants were warned of the potential risks and have good lawyers. I’m sure the risk goes up exponentially according to how much and how often you eat the tainted delight, but some people are more sensitive than others. I know lifelong smokers that never so much has had a cough let alone cancer, and then others succumb to smoking related diseases relatively early. It’s a crapshoot when you’re playing around with carcinogens.
Now, that I’ve touched on the Bute issue, hopefully I can get back to addressing what the real issues are for me and others on the equine welfare side of things. As I’ve stated, if slaughter houses reopen and you all want to load up on a toxic sandwich that’s your business. At least we’ll know natural selection still exists, no matter how delayed the result may be….