MoMA PS1: Do not to allow M Wells serve horse meat
  • Petitioned Agnes Gund

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Chairman of the Board of Directors for MoMaPS1
Agnes Gund

MoMA PS1: Do not to allow M Wells serve horse meat

    1. Hand 4Paws
    2. Petition by

      Hand 4Paws

      Albuquerque, NM

October 2012


From Hand4Paws: It is with honor and joy that we wanted to let all that signed this petition know that you made a difference: HORSE MEAT WILL NOT BE SERVED at MoMaps1. Thank you to all that read and signed this petition as well as the petition of horse advocate Amy Smith from New York. Thank you Amy for making a difference in this world! The following article mentions Amy's and Hand4Paws petition and although there is a victory for horses, we realize that more animals are being tortured for the pleasure of dinning. Fois gras is a very sensitive issue for all animal advocates and the so-called chef who delights in showing what other animals will die because of him and uneducated clients. It shows that no matter how much we strive there will be other cruelty happening. We have a victory for horses today...more victories will continue to happen if we all make a difference. Thank you Hand4Paws All Volunteer Animal Action Team

According to an article written by Erin Calabrese and Andy Soltis for the New York Post, the M. Wells Dinette opening at the MoMA PS in Long Island City, will have a crude display of horse meat with a hand grinder. It was informed that Chef Hugue Dufur suggested bringing horse meat bought of Canadian slaughterhouses.

The manager of the restaurant is cited saying that New Yorkers are ready for a new taste and that New York is a great city for that kind of experience. He claims that New York diners are open to eating other things.

It is irresponsible for the restaurant not to share with the consumers the risks of eating meat that is processed in Canada and that the horses that they are eating are actually horses that are sent to the slaughter house because they are sick, malnourished and exposed to great amount of drugs. According to an article written by Humane Society International Canada (HSI) in the month of August of 2012, it has been confirmed the existance of prohibited substances in Canadian horse meat. At the moment they are renewing efforts for a federal prohibition on the slaughter, sale, transport and export of horses for human consumption. HSI confirms that the USFDA has released a warning letter that revealed the presence of the same two banned substances in an American horse sold to a Canadian slaughterhouse.

The following is information given out by HSI Canada:

“The American establishment cited in this warning letter provided false information in the Equine Information Document, which Canadian authorities rely upon to determine whether American horses exported to Canada have been administered substances not permitted for use in horses in the last 180 days prior to purchase of the animal. Specifically, this establishment “filled out and signed the producer’s name” and failed to ask the horse’s producer about its medical treatment history. Like Canadian horses, American horses are not raised for human consumption and are frequently administered substances banned for use in food animals.”

Chef Hugue Dufur has already failed as a chef when his so talked about restaurant in Queens closed down after being open just for 14 months. GQ magazine even criticized his past restaurant and said there was lack of service and attention to the public. Rent disputes, lack of management led him to close his dinner. Now, he has the idea of feeding the American people horse meat that is usually sold in the USA for zoo wild animals. A museum should not profit out of the pain and torture horses endure. This project is an insult to the New York people of being ignorant to eat horse meat and it should be consider as disrespectful to the state. Governor Christie from New Jersey just signed a bill banning horse slaughter for human consumption and it has been declared that people from New Jersey do not eat horse meat. How can it be possible for the MoMA PS1 to say people are willing to taste new things while the state right next to it is prohibiting horse meat consumption?


Recent signatures


    1. M. Wells Dinette will NOT be serving horse meat!

      Hand 4Paws
      Petition Organizer

      THANK YOU so much for signing! As this article says, "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."

      Outcry Scuttles Plan to Put Horse on a New York Menu

      M. Wells Dinette, the highly anticipated reincarnation inside MoMA PS1 of a celebrated Queens restaurant, has been open for only five days, but its chef and owners have already removed a controversial item planned for the menu.

    2. Reached 1,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Debbie Rosengard SETAUKET, NY
      • about 2 years ago

      Horse meat for human consumption should not be legal for both parties, the horse and human

    • Stacie Forman NEW YORK, NY
      • about 2 years ago

      HORRIBLE! Inhumane!!!!

    • Debra Pipines NEW YORK, NY
      • about 2 years ago

      MOMA you are disgusting for even taking it this far.

    • nancy anderson ABERDEEN, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 2 years ago

      its horrendous!!!

    • Kathrin Schmidt GROSEFEHN, GERMANY
      • about 2 years ago

      Because of the horrible situations of animals when dying for meat. No reason to eat horse meat or any other. Any meat for consumption should be free of drugs and desease. Go vegan and you have less problems.


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