Well, Food Network Canada has timed their ill-conceived Top Chef Canada “French Cuisine” horsemeat (foie gras and frog’s legs) episode (6) for Monday, May 16th, just in time for May Equine Awareness!
In their triple whammy food extravaganza they manage to insult viewers, align themselves with industries synonymous with inhumane animal handling and promote dubious food eating practices, all in one sickening episode:
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In October 2010, NBC station WTHR in Indiana released an investigative report on horses sent to slaughter from the U.S. to Canada . The report can be found here:
Within this report is a 7:07 minute video, which includes a segment that should be of interest to you. At 4:58 on the video, Martin Kouprie, chef and owner of Pangaea restaurant in Toronto, states that he no longer serves horsemeat since it is unregulated, and there are no guarantees where the horsemeat originates from.
Since your network is promoting the consumption of horsemeat (Canada’s Top Chef on May 16th), I thought you should know about this startling information. You may be under the impression that horses are purpose raised for slaughter and safe for humans to eat, but horsemeat is sourced from horses that are shipped from auctions in the U.S. and Canada , and these horses all have unknown origins. Many are treated with banned substances not intended for human consumption. Mr. Kouprie’s concerns are well researched and very real.
If you truly care about promoting meat with harmful agents and protecting the integrity of your network, then I urge you to re-consider airing any programming that promotes the consumption of horsemeat. More information on this can be found here:
What the New European Union Requirements for Imported Equine Meat Will Mean to North America’s Horse Industry:
Association of phenylbutazone usage with horses bought for slaughter: A public health risk