Tuesday, September 8, 2020

COTH: Fracking Linked to Dysphagia in Foals

Good reporting from the Chronicle.

The Chronicle of the Horse September 7 & 14 issue has an article that is pretty scary for its implications for human as well as equine health. It discusses a case where the controversial practice of mining by fracking is implicated in dysphagia in foals.

A breeding farm in Pennsylvania had over half its foals born with dysphagia, where the foal is unable to nurse and swallow properly. Dysphagia is normally extremely rare, and yet, from 2014 to 2016, 17 of the farm's 28 foals were born with it.

After careful research into possible causes, it was determined that nearby fracking was causing very high levels of PAHs (Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons) in the two wells used to provide the horses' water on the farm. They were almost certainly the cause of the dysphagia in the foals.

Read the full article in the Chronicle here.

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