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Top Chef Canada’s Horse Meat Episode Sparks Outrage

Top Chef Canada’s Horse Meat Episode Sparks Outrage

An episode of Top Chef Canada scheduled to air on the Food Network May 16, has sparked some serious outrage over the use of horses for human consumption.

The episode will feature a classic French cooking challenge that has one chef using horse meat. Foie gras, yet another cruelly obtained food, will also be on the menu.

“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,” stated the Canadian Horse Defence Coalition.

Canada’s horse slaughter industry is, unfortunately, alive and well. Hundreds of thousands of horses are sent to across the border to slaughter each year and there is nothing humane about their experience. They were pets, companions, show horses, race horses, byproducts of the Premarin industry and some of them were even stolen. Each of them has a story and each of them somehow ended up in an unthinkable situation.

Even without the debate on whether or not it is ethical to kill horses for food, or criticizing other cultures, there is still the issue of food safety. Simply put, horses are not raised for human consumption. They’re regularly given a host of drugs, medications and supplements that are clearly labeled that they are not to be used in animals that will be eaten and pose a serious threat to human health.

Banamine, Acepromazine, Regumate, Ivermectin, Adequan and so on.

A study published in the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology highlights the fact that at least one of the drugs regularly given to horses, Phenylbutazone (bute), is not only toxic to humans, but a carcinogen.

“Dangerous and deadly side effects began to appear within three years including bone marrow suppression that was fatal in many cases and a hypersensitivity liver syndrome that could culminate in liver failure and death,” stated Ann M. Marini, Ph.D. M.D., the senior author of the study.

There is currently no way to trace whether or not horses that end up in the slaughter pipeline have been given these drugs. 

The Equine Welfare Alliance stated in a press release that they suspect there’s more to it than just a cooking challenge. They believe “that the choice of horse meat was not an accidental social misjudgment, but more likely the result of influence from a well funded public relations effort on the part of horse slaughter supporters aimed at gaining acceptance for the meat and desensitizing viewers to horse slaughter in general. Case in point, The Toronto Observer also ran a story on May 11 defending the consumption of horsemeat.”

If you would like to express your thoughts on the episode, you can share them on Top Chef Canada’s Facebook page, or the Food Network Canada’s Facebook page or you can join the Boycott Top Chef Canada’s Facebook group

(Note: It seems Top Chef Canada has blocked the U.S.)

You can also tweet @TopChefCanada @FoodNetworkCA with the tag #boycott. 

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Don’t Let Horse Slaughterhouses Return 
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Horse Slaughter Sneaks Back into the U.S.

 

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12:55AM PDT on Apr 20, 2013

Congratulations Canada!
Your setting the stage for the rest of the termites to come out of the wood works!!
When your murder rates and assault rated go up, you only have yourself to blame!

12:21AM PDT on Apr 20, 2013

OH NO THEY DIDN'T!!!
UGH!! THAT'S JUST
LOVELY!!!
SON OF A B*@CH!!

8:55AM PDT on Jul 15, 2012

Grazie di tutte le informazioni.

9:51AM PDT on Jul 14, 2012

Our Bible tells us what animals we can consume for food. Horses are not on that list, gee I wonder why? Maybe god had good reasons for that. I know people eat all kinds of animals but horses, dogs, cats, etc. should not be on that list. This is disgusting & inhumane & people who continually throw caution to the wind & take part in these criminal acts will reap what they sow in the end.

9:50AM PDT on Jul 14, 2012

Our Bible tells us what animals we can consume for food. Horses are not on that list, gee I wonder why? Maybe god had good reasons for that. I know people eat all kinds of animals but horses, dogs, cats, etc. should not be on that list. This is disgusting & inhumane & people who continually throw caution to the wind & take part in these criminal acts will reap what they sow in the end.

6:53PM PST on Dec 14, 2011

No animal should be slaughtered to eat.

"Be kind to all animals,,, by not eating them".
From a lifetime (72 years) vegetarian

4:02PM PST on Dec 14, 2011

Signed & Shared Petitions on Facebook!!! :(

8:45AM PST on Dec 9, 2011

Horse meat used to be called 'fox meat'. Did it end up as pet food? Quite likely. I'd have to be starving before I'd consume horse meat.

2:22PM PST on Dec 8, 2011

Believe it or not all animals are clever I get sick to my stomach with all the cruelty that goes on with animals man never ceases to disgust me what they do to animals maybe they will get there's when they die if they come back with reincarnation they will probably come back as an animal and have to suffer the way they made that animal suffer.

3:41PM PST on Dec 7, 2011

There is a petition circulating to ban horse slaughter in America. It had been banned but new legislation just signed by Obama would allow for it again. It was a small part of the legislation that apparently was not read or taken into consideration. Another reason to ban riders on legislative bills.
I hope everyone will write their Congressmen and Senators to ask that this be banned and cite the reasons stated in this article so they will realize the dangers it poses.

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