Call on Food Network and sponsors to stop showing programs featuring horsemeat or foie gras
  • Petitioned Elyse Allan

This petition was delivered to:

president, GE Canada
Elyse Allan
president, Shaw Media
Paul Robertson
Cathy Kurzbock
Superstore/Loblaws/Presidents Choice Brands

Call on Food Network and sponsors to stop showing programs featuring horsemeat or foie gras

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Food Network created a firestorm of controversy this past week in insisting on airing a program featuring horsemeat and foie gras as "French cuisine". Both are produced through animal cruelty.  The Food Network's program Top Chef Canada aired Monday, May 16. The program has angered both horse advocates and animal welfare groups across the globe.

Foie gras is diseased duck liver produced by force feeding ducks using a feeding tube thrust down their throats several times a day until they are too fat to even stand up. The liver becomes hugely swollen and the animals suffer terribly including lacerations of the throat, nerve damage, and difficulty breathing or even moving. They are also many times held in dark, filthy conditions while they endure this abuse.

It is well-established that horses are typically conscious when slaughtered and suffer incredible abuse even before they arrive at the slaughter house. It is an outdated, cruel process that should be banned. Also, horses are not raised as food animals and research shows horse meat is likely to contain drugs that are illegal in food animals. For more information -

Call on Food Network and President's choice to stop using horsemeat and foie gras on future programs.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 9,000 signatures
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    3. Reached 1 signatures
    4. Top Chef Canada condemned by Humane Society International and the Humane Society of the United States for serving horse flesh:

    5. Reached 250 signatures
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      On Monday, May 16th, the reality TV show Top Chef Canada aired an episode titled "The French Feast," during which one contestant was asked to prepare a dish using horse meat.
      The inclusion of Mr. Ed on the menu has animal lovers rearing. As the...

    7. Reached 50 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Christine DeLuca CORAM, NY
      • about 3 years ago

      I don't think God put animals on this earth for people to abuse!!!!

      Let them live their lives in peace!

    • Julie Pickett PLAIN CITY, OH
      • about 3 years ago

      I cannot believe there has to be a petition to urge the Food Network to discontinue using meat of companion animals and all meat that is obtained through cruelty. What kind of monsters are running this channel?? You need to research what you are bringing to the public and until you do, I'm signing off!

    • Starla MacKinnon TORONTO, CANADA
      • about 3 years ago

      “In a world grown harsh and indifferent, they are the incarnation of goodness, life’s true innocents that deserve our protection.” ~Mary A. Fischer

    • jackie cambas ENCINO, CA
      • about 3 years ago

      I will no longer watch your network. Good riddance, and shame on you for your lack of compassion and humanity.

      I will also encourage my friends and co-workers to boycott your network as well.

      • about 3 years ago

      Top Chef? If I found out the chef cooking for me in a restaurant supported horse meat and foie gras, he'd be wearing whatever he was cooking, followed up by a generous kick in the ass out the back door.


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