Three men have now been arrested in the continuing saga of shady goings-on regarding horsemeat in the United Kingdom.
The fraud investigation into the addition of horsemeat in consumer meat products and the deliberate mislabeling of “beef” has garnered the public’s attention and has resulted in the demand for explanations. Amidst this outrage, investigators have identified several men for arrest.
This article is written for fellow horse people to name one of the alleged perpetrators due to his visible connection to Aintree Racecourse and, therefore, the horse industry. This individual is Peter Boddy.
Aintree Racecourse has confirmed the arrest.
Peter Boddy, one of the three men arrested, is the track's only contractor for disposing of injured, dying or dead horses from the facility.
Five horses in particular can be traced to Boddy. These five runners were injured and killed during Boddy’s contractual obligations to the course. Their injuries and deaths occurred in Aintree’s Grand National race. One of the unfortunate runners was Irish Grand National winner Hear the Echo.
Autopsies were performed on several of the horses at the Leahurst Veterinary Hospital and it is suspected that they were then released to a slaughterhouse for processing, after the postmortems, based on interviews with Professor Des Leadon of the Irish Equine Centre.
Racehorse meat is prohibited from inclusion in meats for human consumption because of the various drugs that are typically administered to the horses during their training and racing careers.
Earlier, the Daily Mail reported that Boddy is suspected to have involvement in the ongoing horsemeat scandal in which horse DNA has been found in multiple food items said to contain beef, after producers were allegedly provided with horse as a cheaper alternative.”
It has also come out that the UK government was warned two years ago about “rogue horsemeat.” Owen Paterson, environment secretary, has ordered an immediate investigation into various claims that these warnings were overtly ignored.
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