Horse meat was on the menu at a charity fund raising dinner December 4, 2008, at the Fairmont Hotel in Toronto, Canada to benefit Muscular Dystrophy Canada.
Traditional meats, game and even shark were also served.
Horse lovers in Canada, including the Fund’s Canadian constituents whom we alerted, responded quickly and in high numbers. As a matter of fact, they stirred up such a controversy the Fairmont was scrambling to pull the horse meat from the menu.
Horse meat is typically expensive, and eaten in some parts of Canada. We asked Twyla Francois of the Canadian Horse Defence Coalition to enlighten on just how common it is and where.
Horse meat is generally only consumed in Quebec and perhaps by some small groups of traditional Belgians and French across Canada, but very, very little. The vast majority of the meat is exported to Europe and Japan.
It is not too late to express your disgust to Muscular Dystrophy Canada, while at the same time politely encouraging them to rethink their choice of serving horse meat at any of their future events.
Horses are not for eating.
Insensitivity to the terror and horror horses experience during the butchering process in Canadian abattoirs is totally incongruent with an organization whose goal is to help the suffering.
Undercover eyewitness accounts and footage clearly shows that horses are butchered before they are bled out. Horses often remain conscious as they are moved through fast paced production lines to nearby saws that rip through their flesh and bones to dismember them before carving out their meat can begin.
As Twyla put it:
Serving horse meat supports the many abuses this industry has been perpetrating against horses — some of whom were once someone’s pet or prize-winning racers.
Here’s the contact information:
Muscular Dystrophy Canada
2345 Yonge St, Suite 900
Toronto, Ontario M4P 2E5
F: (416) 488-7523