A Deadly Mouthful article Published

Bravo to the Editors of Your Local Journal (YLJ) and Your Local West Island Journal for publishing my article, A Deadly Mouthful, on the dangers of eating horsemeat. Read the saved article here, or the entire journal here (note: link may get outdated or replaced with latest issue.)

It’s an emotional topic, and they were flexible enough to accommodate its length by presenting it in two Parts (see May Equine Awareness on page 17 of their previous issue)… 

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Horse meat: A Deadly Mouthful

Horse meat:  A Deadly Mouthful

On ne mange pas son ami! shouted the citizenry of Montréal at a raucous demonstration held around Christmas time in 1759 after the Catholic Church had enjoined parishioners to eat their horses during a time when beef was scarce.  “One doesn’t eat one’s friends” arose from a set of rural values which held that your horse was essential to your livelihood as a farmer—as necessary to your survival as agrarian-friendly weather.  Still, traditional recipes passed down from one generation to the next show that at least some Québécois ate their horses, for whatever reason, at some point in Québec history.  In the early 1950s, my own mother’s obstetrician ordered her to eat horsemeat to “enrich her blood”, the very lean meat considered a natural remedy for anaemia.  Today, proponents of horse slaughter for human consumption argue that horse meat is healthier for you than beef, and at the end of his life, a horse can serve yet another human purpose:  to feed the hungry.  

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