Restaurateurs Defend Horse Meat


OTTAWA — Restaurateurs are defending their horse-meat offerings, amid allegations about animal welfare and concerns that horses may “contain prohibited substances.”

“I have a bigger fear of consuming industrially raised chicken than I would ever have about horses,” Jean-Jacques Texier, chef-owner of Toronto’s Batifole Restaurant, told Postmedia News.

Texier’s restaurant, which offers horse sirloin tartare, has been the target of a letter-writing campaign by supporters of Bill C-322, which seeks to end the import and export of horses for slaughter for human consumption. Cavallino Carne Equina & Groceries, The Black Hoof restaurant, Whitehouse Meats, La Ferme Black River Game farm, Union restaurant and Parts & Labour restaurant also received letters.

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