Petition against horse meat at MoMA PS1’s M.Wells Dinette

MoMA PS1 M Wells Diner Petition. Artwork: Tuesday's Horse.

BREAKING NEWS: M. Wells Dinette issues a statement saying that horse meat is off the menu. Full report Friday right here on Tuesday’s Horse.


MoMA PS1 (Museum of Modern Art) in Long Island City in the New York Borough of Queens have leased a space to M. Wells Dinette who intend to serve horse meat among the offal and other animal parts.

This has caused disgust and outrage among horse lovers, particularly those opposed to horse slaughter for human consumption.

Please sign this Change.org Petition protesting horse meat at MoMA PS1’s M. Wells Dinette. Thank you.

WHAT’S COOKING

An Art in the Air post on the M. Wells diner says:

Their new hardware includes a kitchen sink from a hospital psych ward, a sushi display case that Dufour will use to grind the meat to make his horse steak tartare, elementary school-inspired tables and seating befitting PS1’s former function, and a 30-gallon braising pan that could boil an entire school of lobsters — “I’d say about 40,” Dufour guesstimates — at once.

Other fare at M. Wells includes foie gras (New York may be banning that soon for human health reasons), marrow, escargot and calf brains.

RELATED READING

Canadian chef determined to serve horse meat in NY; Tuesday’s Horse; Oct. 2, 2012

Horse meat protest at MoMA PS1 set for Saturday; Tuesday’s Horse; Sept. 28, 2012

Giddy up, horse meat is coming to Queens; Tuesday’s Horse; Sept. 25, 2012

Horse meat protest at MoMA PS1 set for Saturday

Horse Meat Diagram

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.”

Horse Meat Diagram
Horse Meat Diagram

INTRODUCTION

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.

SATURDAY PROTEST AT MOMA PS1

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.
Directions: http://momaps1.org/visit/

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 http://www.facebook.com/MoMAPS1. Join in!

WHY PROTEST

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.

THEIR RESPONSE

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.

KEEP UPDATED

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

Giddy up, horse meat is coming to Queens

UPDATE: Protest Saturday!

“Giddy up, horse meat is coming to Queens,” states a post on the Gothamist.

Raw Horse Meat. Image via Wikipedia.
Raw Horse Meat. Image via Wikipedia.

The all-things-New-York-City blog reports that “Canadian Long Island City diner M. Wells is coming back to us with this week’s opening of M. Wells Dinette inside MoMA PS 1“.

One of the feature attractions Chef Hugue Dufour plans to have on the menu is “horse tartare” or raw horse meat.

The Gothamist states:

When we called the restaurant to double check that fact — because, horse meat — we were told that yes, they would eventually be serving horse but that it wasn’t going to be happening just yet. Further, they told us it wasn’t a priority. But still, you say, isn’t it illegal to eat horses?

No, it is not illegal to eat horse meat. A lot of people think it is, but it is not. An Indiana pizza shop sells horse meat pizza when the Colts play in the Super Bowl. However, instances like this are aberrations as Americans do not typically eat horse meat, and there is very little to no market for it.

Where will the horse meat come from? “They say the horses will be American horses slaughtered in Canada,” the restauranteurs tell the Gothamist.

Well, there is no guarantee the meat that the restaurant buys from Canada will be from American horses, but there is a 60% chance according reported slaughter statistics.

MoMA PS1 has been affiliated with MoMA (The Museum of Modern Art) since January 2000. What the highly-esteemed MoMA or MoMA PS1 are thinking makes you wonder. Perhaps they do not know or even care, but the backlash is bound to be considerable. And it will not be from “Peta-types” as the Gothamist smugly puts it. Remember the Top Chef Canada incident?

Since their original restaurant folded about a year from opening, Hugue Dufour and co-owner Sarah Obraitis “have hosted pop-up food stands at MoMA PS1 while preparing to open new restaurants,” states GalleristNY.com. In May M. Wells served horse meat bologna and foie gras grilled cheese (pictures at link) at the 2012 Great Googa Mooga Festival in Prospect Park, Brooklyn.

There is a big difference between serving horse meat at food stands where you are a moving target (so to speak) and doing so at a fixed location in a high profile museum setting.

M. Wells Dinette opens at MoMA PS1 September 27.

Contact information for MoMA PS1 >>

Contact information for MoMA >>