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Breeders Demand "Rethink On Bute Rule Change"
European breeders “are urging the International Equestrian Federation to reconsider a decision to abandon its zero-tolerance policy on drugs in competition,” reported racingpost.com. The European Federation Of Thoroughbred Breeders Associations has described the FEI general assembly's vote to reintroduce the controlled use of bute (otherwise known as phenylbutazone) & 2 other anti-inflammatory drugs as potentially “a disastrously retrograde step.” EFTBA chairman Joe Hernon has written to FEI secretary general Alexander McGlin emphasising: “It is of the utmost importance for all horse sport that the enormous anxiety this decision has caused is resolved at the very earliest opportunity. We have grave concerns that horses competing whilst under treatment with pain-relieving medicines are at an increased risk of musculoskeletal lesions, progressing to catastrophic injuries. It is contrary to our own & the public aspiration of drug-free competition. . . . . It is imperative that you reconsider your position in the light of the world-wide reaction to your decision.”