We were advised by a supporter of a restaurant in Winnipeg Manitoba that has horsemeat on the menu.
We’ve included screen shots showing the home page for the restaurant, the top of the page for their dinner menu and then a shot showing horsemeat and also yummy bone marrow micro salad!
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If you woule like to write to them about this, we have prepared a template that points out the dangers of serving our friends on a dinner plate.
Letter to Restaurants that serve Horsemeat:
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 at this link: http://www.wthr.com/story/13405297/13-investigates-indiana-horses-sent-to-slaughter
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. “I cannot in good conscience serve that to my customers,” said Kouprie. “Every ingredient in my kitchen has a story, and if I don’t know that story, I cannot serve it.”
Since your restaurant serves, or has served horsemeat, I thought you should know about this startling information. You may be under the impression that horses are purpose raised for slaughter, but horsemeat that is sold in restaurants in Canada through Richelieu Meats and La Petite Nation slaughterhouses are not purpose bred. The meat is sourced from horses of unknown origin that are shipped from auctions in the U.S.and Canada. Many are treated with banned substances not intended for human consumption. Mr. Kouprie’s concerns are well researched and very real.
The Toronto Star also reported on horse slaughter in July 2011 :
Dirty Little Secret -canada’s slaughter industry under fire by Robert Cribb:
Interesting that Toronto restaurant La Palette finally pulled horsemeat from their menu after the Star report:
If you truly care about the quality and potential harmful agents in the food you serve your customers, then I urge you to re-consider the serving of horsemeat at your restaurant. More information on this can be found here: http://www.defendhorsescanada.org.
Thank you for your time. If you have any questions or would like more information, please feel free to contact me.