This past Saturday, a group of dedicated activists (see photos on Facebook) gathered at MoMA PS1 (Museum of Modern Art) in Long Island City, Queens, New York, in protest of the museum’s new restaurant tenant, M. Wells Dinette, and its intention to serve horse meat.
Other than the nuisance factor, the protest made little impression on French-Canadian chef Hugue Dufour, who re-opened M. Wells with wife and partner Sarah Obraitis, on September 27, 2012. Dufour is not changing his mind about serving horse meat, and sees absolutely no reason to take it off the menu. Earlier this year, the M. Wells crew served horse meat in a grilled sandwich at a popular Brooklyn outdoor festival. Dufour, who hails from Montreal, appeared on Canada’s Food Network television show “The Wild Chef”, the same network that featured horse meat in an episode of “Top Chef Canada“.
The people connected with M. Wells seem totally unperturbed about the carcinogenic toxins proven present in horse meat, and the potential risks it poses to public health. The restaurant’s menu is heavy on the meat, especially offal serving dishes made with foie gras and marrow. Taking that into consideration, it is therefore highly unlikely anyone at M. Wells is concerned about the horrors of horse slaughter or what any animal endures in order to end up on one of their plates.
Well, the protesting is far from over. Neither is educating the public.
We are holding two outdoor events in New York; one in Times Square and the other at MoMA PS1 during the last two weeks in October. Please help with a donation — large or small it is all highly valuable — to put this show on the road and give a powerful voice on behalf of horses.