Horse meat protest at MoMA PS1 set for Saturday

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UPDATE: It’s full steam ahead on MoMA PS1 protest Saturday, 9/29 2-4pm EST in LIC/Queens.

Here’s MoMA’s response: “M. Wells has been celebrated for its creative adaptations of Canadian cuisine and its adventurous menu.”

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On September 27, 2012, M. Wells Dinette opened their doors to the public at the premises of MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) PS1.

The restaurant owners will reportedly serve horse meat — raw horse meat. M. Wells has a history of serving horse meat; they sold it in a grilled sandwich combo at an outdoor festival in May of this year.

The Int’l Fund for Horses are holding a “Horse Meat is Ugly” event in Times Square in the next two weeks.


In the meantime, the Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages is holding a protest outside MoMA PS1 in Long Island City, Queens, New York, on Saturday, September 29, 2012, from 2 o’clock to 4 o’clock in the afternoon.

Date: Saturday, September 29, 2012
Time: 2 PM to 4 PM
Where: Please Meet in front of MoMA PS1 in Long Island City — 22-25 Jackson Ave. LIC/Queens, NY.

Protest organizers, Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages, have some posters and flyers, but please feel free to bring your own.

On Twitter? Support this Protest with live tweets @MoMAPS1. Right now on Facebook, the comments on flooding in on their Facebook page Join in!


The selling of horse meat for human consumption is alarming for a number of reasons.

The top two of these in our view are:

1. the horrific cruelty and suffering that goes into producing horse meat that innocent horses endure on the way to and during slaughter

2. horses are not traditional food animals and administered a laundry list of dangerously toxic drugs that eliminates their meat from entering the human food chain.


MoMA PS1 and M. Wells have both appeared to be either non-committal or evasive in their responses to calls from media and the public, except in the instances when they say that reporters have gotten it wrong. They do not state unequivocally that they never intended, and do not intend, to sell horse meat for public consumption in the M. Wells diner located at the MoMA PS1 location.


For up-to-date information on the MoMA PS1 / M. Wells Dinette Protest, please see >>

Wallis hints her plans for horse slaughter plant in Missouri are apace

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Cross-posted from Riverfront Times Blog


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Sue Wallis, the CEO of Unified Equine, resurfaced in the media recently to hint that her plans for a horse slaughter plant in Missouri continue apace. Wallis claims that the company has designs on a shuttered cattle processing plant in “western Missouri,” with the exact location being kept a secret. The secrecy is necessary at least in part because of the public outcry over Unified Equine’s initial proposed location in Mountain Grove, Missouri — the local populace strongly opposed the plan.

Let’s say Unified Equine follows through with this new location, and a plant opens and processes horse meat for human consumption. What exactly would be in that meat?

Valerie Pringle of HSUS mentions just a few toxic items.

“Horses aren’t raised to be eaten, not like cattle,” Pringle says. For example, the United States and the European Union both have prohibitions against phenylbutazone being used in food producing animals. According to Pringle, phenylbutazone is at the top of the list of drugs given to horses as a matter of course.

“Phenylbutazone is kind of like horse asprin. We keep a big container in the barn. It’s used to treat pain or swelling from a bug bite — horses seem to injure themselves all the time. It’s very, very common,” Pringle explains before rattling off a list of further commonly dispensed medicines. “They get wormer generally every eight weeks. Fly spray, fungicidal shampoos, hoof treatment, copper tox for their hooves — that kills bacteria — all of those drugs are common for regular horses, including show horses. These things are done to keep them healthy. None of them are approved for human consumption.”

In case anyone other than a horse owner has any doubt about this, Pringle adds:

“I own a horse, Sue Wallis doesn’t. I know what’s in horse meat.”

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The Springfield News-Leader reports Unified Equine is considering western Missouri because of large horse populations nearby.

The Int’l Fund for Horses is campaigning to put boots on the ground to lobby and speak to local business leaders in Oklahoma, Missouri and Wallis’ home state of Wyoming, where she and her colleagues are busy working to get horse slaughter plants into operation by the end of the year.

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Horse Slaughter Sue promotes her mission in New Mexico under new guise

Sue Wallis and Dave Duquette

Sue Wallis has created yet another organization to front her pursuit of horse slaughter. It is called the International Equine Business Association ( Beware anyone who does business with this association.

We give as little attention as possible to Horse Slaughter Sue, but feel in this instance it is warranted.

Wallis, in an attempt outrun the embarrassment — and perhaps even legal action — connected with her other failed horse slaughter enterprises, is attempting to rebrand herself, again.

It is under this new name Wallis is now promoting her grisly mission in New Mexico. The first offering we have come across from her new organization is a letter to the State’s Governor defending Dennis Chavez against horse cruelty charges. Dennis Chavez is the owner of the Southwest Livestock Auction and Feedlot in Los Lunas, New Mexico, the subject of an Animals’ Angels’ expose of gross mistreatment and cruelty on his premises (video report below).

It opens with:

The International Equine Business Association (IEBA) has been formed to protect and promote the horse industry and steps forward to assist equine businesses under attack from dishonest, and unethical, radical animal rights organizations.
Dennis Chavez and Southwest Livestock of Los Lunas have been under scrutiny, and have been vilified on the Internet and in media outlets because of disturbing videos of horses in very poor condition, that were subsequently euthanized. Most of these reports contain biased and speculative information implying that the horses were mistreated by Mr. Chavez.
Missing from the public discussion are any voices from the livestock industry, veterinarians, or experts in animal care and handling. While we wait for the results of the New Mexico Livestock Board’s investigation, IEBA has been gathering facts and testimony. The analysis of these findings results in an alarming picture of special interest group stalking and harassment of a legitimate livestock business.

It continues with:

Instead of charging Mr. Chavez with negligent mistreatment or animal cruelty, and trying to ruin his business…if these groups really cared about horses they would be honoring and applauding him, as we do, for providing care and sustenance to horses that would otherwise have no chance of survival.


IEBA_Letter_Governor_New_Mexico_12April12 (pdf, 3 pp) >>


Horse meat is the new tobacco

Frenchman with a platter of horse meat on the hoof artwork.
Frenchman serving up a horse
La Viande de Cheval est Laid. Horse Meat is Ugly

Meat is the new tobacco. The phrase caught my attention on Twitter the other day. Right after it were the words “meat kills more Americans than tobacco”. That’s pretty dramatic stuff.

It reminded me of how we developed our anti horse meat campaign.

Anti tobacco have made the idea of using tobacco, especially second hand cigarette smoke, perceived as one of the deadliest things on the planet. It must be one of most successful marketing campaigns of all time. So I thought to myself, how can we do the same, except with horse meat.

Our goal is to eliminate the demand for horse meat by making the idea of it taboo, thereby eliminating the brutal, predatory business that supplies it.

We have developed a long-term project that will be targeted initially at horse meat consumers in France and Italy. Much of the work is already done, and we are now raising funds to put it in action, starting this Spring. It involves visual, audio and print advertisements for use in mass transport shelters to begin with.

Help us make horse meat the new tobacco.

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