The Food Network May Have Bitten Off More Than They Can Chew
“Top Chef Canada” came under intensive fire over the weekend leading up to Monday’s broadcast over an episode in which one contestant was asked to prepare a dish using proven drug tainted horse meat. While the show aired a Facebook group emerged, called “Boycott Top Chef — Protect the Horses” and the membership swelled to over 5,000 strong within minutes totally eclipsing the Top Chef Canada’s Facebook page of only 3,500.
The Boycott Top Chef page lists the following information as the premise for the protest:
“Food Network’s TOP CHEF show is planning to air an episode where chefs are required to use horse in their dish: this season’s Episode 6
The majority of the public finds eating horse meat offensive. We are concerned about the bad precedent this may set. Horse slaughter is far less humane than beef. Horses are rarely raised for meat, so the source of horsemeat is our riding and racing horses. This means the meat is tainted with toxic or carcinogenic residue from drugs such as bute, dmso, steroids, lasix, antibiotics, and certain de-wormers. Horse meat is not a safe or acceptable food for Americans or Canadians.
We ask this show NOT be aired.
And we ask viewers to boycott both the show and its sponsors if it does go on air. Please contact the sponsors and let them know WHY.
***Keep the pressure on Food Nework Canada, Top Chef Canada and their sponsor President’s Choice***
►Food Network Canada – email@example.com
►Publicist – firstname.lastname@example.org
►Publicity Coordinator – email@example.com
►Producer – firstname.lastname@example.org
►Show Sponsors listed below:
Superstore/Loblaws/Presidents Choice Brands – email@example.com
firstname.lastname@example.org – President of shaw media
email@example.com – Vice President, Communications and Public Relations
firstname.lastname@example.org – President of GE Canada
email@example.com – President of Nestle Canada”
Blogs were aflame and online chats burned as the program aired:
“It is the show’s moral obligation to their viewers to properly represent what they are promoting” said founder of Respect4Horses Simone Netherlands, “They truly do not understand the devious mechanics behind the bloody business of horse slaughter yet they continued to air the program as if the consumption of a companion animal was considered “normal” in today’s society.”
During the course of the debate it was uncovered that one of the conglomerates that sponsored the episode has a subsidiary, President’s Choice Supermarkets, that actually sells mail order, butchered horse flesh, Click (HERE)
On their web page Chef Danny Carrier extols:
“Horse meat has long been a tough sell, but it’s time we learned to appreciate its healthy attributes. On the menu: horse meat tartare, horse meat burgers with fresh goat cheese, horse steak with Béarnaise sauce, Wellington-style horse tournedos and, to satisfy your sweet tooth, a nice cream dessert.”
- Fringe Horse Eating Cult Feeds Off Food Network Frenzy (rtfitch.wordpress.com)
- Backlash brews over use of horse meat in ‘Top Chef Canada’ (thestar.com)
- Furor over horse meat on food show (cbc.ca)
- Wyoming Horse Slaughter Politician Sued for Alleged Assualt and Battery (rtfitch.wordpress.com)
- EWA Prez Wins One for the Horses in Slaughter Debate (rtfitch.wordpress.com)