Ohh, Radio-Canada (Mar 1st, 7pm)

I must apologize to Claude Brunet, interviewer/host of the recent Radio-Canada broadcast, Bien dans son assiette (see When Reporters Get it Wrong )–at least, in part, and I’ll tell you why shortly.  First, I’d like to address a few questions that have come my way, especially since so many are sharing this blog in cyberspace (and, it would be nice if some of you new visitors would actually buy or even read my novel because more than half of what I post here already appears in Ground Manners. A Novel …but I digress).

Q:  Why have the numbers of horses slaughtered in Canada decreased between the years 2008 and 2009?

A:  There were seven slaughterhouses killing horses in Canada; then there were five; then there were four.  

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When Reporters get it Wrong…

Boy, they really get it wrong!  Jacques Laramee, NH horseman and horse advocate, nearly ate his steering wheel yesterday while he listened to a Radio-Canada talk show yesterday called, “Bien dans son assiette” with interviewer, Claude Brunet.  Jacques put his social media into high gear, and Radio-Canada got an earful of comments.  You have to wonder what Brunet was thinking when his only guest was a kill-buyer.  Maybe Brunet had to fill the time slot in a hurry; maybe he did do some research but the cat peed all over it, so it was illegible; maybe he was on work-to-rule so decided doing research would be too time-consuming.  I’m just say’n….

You’d think with all the brouhaha over the Huffington Post bringing to Quebec its tag cloud of bloggers that real journalists would sit up, straighten their ties, and be even more fastidious in their work than usual.  Apparently, Mr. Brunet missed that memo.  The long and short of it is that (call me crazy) a kill-buyer is not the best source of information on the subject of horse meat as a safe food source for human consumption.  After all, horsemeat is his, um, bread-and-butter, his livelihood.  It’s like inviting a white slaver or a cocaine dealer to talk about the safety and economical value of their stock-in-trade.  Hey, maybe the show was meant to parody the horsemeat industry, you know, like Jonathan Swift’s essay on solving the problem of the Irish starving in the 1700s by suggesting they eat their babies…maybe Brunet was having a bad hair day…maybe…. Hell, this one’s a real head-scratcher.

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