Don’t eat the horse meat, officials say

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Agents of the Judicial Investigating Organization made a grisly announcement to citizens Saturday.

Three mares that were originally owned by a university located in Atenas were missing from the school’s facilities. A preliminary report from investigators hints that these animals may have been stolen or possibly slaughtered for the meat.

The problem, however, is that these animals are used by the university in relation to its producing of antidotes used to treat snakebites in Africa, officials said.

To that end, agents warned people to not buy meat from, what they called, strange people or those who were transporting it in an adequate way.

The mares were injected with snake venom samples as a means of determining the strength or viability of the antidotes. A person who consumes the meat could experience kidney problems or even problems with one’s nervous system, a statement from the organization said.

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