Prevent the restaurant from adding adulterated horse meat to their menu.
  • Petitioned MoMA PS1 and M Wells Dinnette

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Prevent the restaurant from adding adulterated horse meat to their menu.

    1. Jo-Claire Corcoran
    2. Petition by

      Jo-Claire Corcoran

      Jeffersonville, IN

Horse slaughter for human consumption ended in the United States when congress defunded the inspection of horse meat by the USDA in 2006.  Although the three remaining slaughter plants shut down, US horses are still at jeopardy of being slaughtered -  as horses had always been transported to Belgian owned slaughter plants in Canada and Mexico.  The numbers transported increased exponentially.  Last year congress removed the defunding language in a back door committee session, this year Congressman Jim Moran reintroduced the Amendment to defund the inspection of horse meat and it passed from committee.  However that bill has not been passed, currently there is no money allocated for the inspections of horse meat in the US. 

 

To the Board of Director's of MoMA,

 

We, the signed petitioners and 80% of the US population, do not approve and or condone the slaughter of US horses for human consumption.  We do not raise our horses for food in this country nor are they raised under the food safety guidelines for food animals.  The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) determines which animals are for food and which are not. They have classified horses as companion animals along with cats and dogs. 

 

Since horses are not raised under food safety guidelines, horse owners give their horses substances which are banned from use in ANY food animal intended for human consumption.  Banned by the FDA, Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and the European Union Food Safety Authority (EUFSA).  67% of the horses slaughtered for human consumption in Canada are US horses and Canada only inspects .015% of the horses slaughtered for banned substances.  The number of horse meat recalls reported by the EU are on the rise.  As a direct result of better testing once the meat arrives in the EU.  This clearly proves the efficacy of the CFIA's testing is very poor. 

 

The substances which are given to our horses are banned from use in humans because they are known carcinogens.  Where a person may become ill within hours from consuming a meat contaminated with E.coli or other bacteria, the effects of the substances used and present in horse meat manifests  later in life as Aplastic Anemia, birth defects etc.  Pregnant women, children and the elderly are particularly susceptible to the effects of the carcinogens present in adulterated horse meat.  Additionally, horse meat from North America is particularly known for causing toxoplasmosis  in people who consumed raw horse meat (tartare) http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/17/7/10-1642_article.htm as well as Trichinosis http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9175309.

 

MoMA PS1 will be complicit in the serving of adulterated horse meat to the public as they have promoted the opening of the restaurant on their Facebook page as well as on their website.  These actions have changed the lessee and lessor relationship to one of a partnership.  Is this the reputation MoMA wishes to project?  Does the chef of the restaurant, a restaurant who's focus is on good, healthy, non COFA raised meats, really want to serve something that is potentially harmful to his patrons?  Is this "artist" of cooking so desperate to be noticed as to be completely without an ethical conscience?

 

We the undersigned are requesting that MoMA and M. Wells Dinnette, issue a press release which unequivocally states, they will not serve horse meat at any time in the future and or present on their premises. 

 

Sincerely,

Jo-Claire Corcoran

Director Equine Welfare Alliance

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    1. M. Wells Dinette Will Note Serve Horse Meat

      Jo-Claire Corcoran
      Petition Organizer

      http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/05/nyregion/m-wells-dinette-will-not-sell-horse-meat-owners-say.html?_r=3

      "An interview with the NY Times Hugue Dufour stated they will not be serving Horse Meat Tartare

      "The restaurant’s chef and co-owner, Hugue Dufour, said Thursday that he would not serve horse meat tartare, in response to outrage from animal rights advocates and concern about legal ramifications from health officials.

      “Horse meat is off the menu at the Dinette, and it is not likely to return,” the restaurant said, beginning a passionate statement that Mr. Dufour; his wife and partner, Sarah Obraitis; and their lawyer and co-owner, Adam Cohn, drafted after a busy lunch service on Thursday. “We took it off because it upset so many people, which truly surprised us. That is not the effect we look for in our food, so away it goes.”'

    2. Reached 500 signatures
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      Jo-Claire Corcoran
      Petition Organizer

      Just so everyone is aware, every time a person signs the petition an email is sent to several different emails at MoMA and to M Wells. So let's share and get more signatures...the more signatures, the more emails generated.

    4. Reached 100 signatures

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    • Sheila Slawiak WILBRAHAM, MA
      • about 2 years ago

      For years, horses have been my best comapnion. There is scienctific research that horses are relatioship animals and not considered livestork. I think sending our beloved companions to slaughter for the pruposes of serving horsemeat in inhumane and cruel, not to mention immoral!

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    • Pam Forgash JANESVILLE, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      Horse slaughter is wrong and to poison unsuspecting people with tainted meat is wrong as well.

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    • JANINA LOPEZ MEXICO, MEXICO
      • about 2 years ago

      just show some respect for life....there will be a moment when you will realize that you cant eat money....no respect for life....no life at all.. get it??

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    • Dreema Lotze KALISPELL, MT
      • about 2 years ago

      Horses are part of so many families, including mine. Would you eat your pet , such as dogs, cats, guinea pigs, etc. Please DO NOT bring in 3rd world ways to our country, this is just a horable disgrace to the Equine family.

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    • Betty Dion BELMONT, NH
      • about 2 years ago

      I don't believe horses should be for eating.

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