Philly Chef Puts Horse Meat On Menu, Animal Rights Activist Threatens To Blow Him Up

All Peter McAndrews of the South Philly restaurant Monsú wanted to do was put some new appetizers and pasta dishes on his menu. And really, what’s wrong with a little horse meat in these dishes? “I think it will be a little more acceptable to have a small piece of it as opposed to a great T-bone of horse meat,” McAndrews told CBS Philly, likely riding the wave of press following the revelation that European beef products were being adulterated with horse meat — which, according to many chefs, can actually taste better than beef.

However, as soon as he announced his plans, McAndrews immediately received his first attack from an overzealous animal rights activist, who threatened him with extreme violence. “They called into the restaurant and said ‘You guys start cooking horses, I am going to blow up your restaurant,’” Andrews recounted to NBC10 Philadelphia.

Eating horse meat is actually legal in the United States, thanks to Congress reinstating funding towards horse meat inspection at slaughterhouses. Conversely, we have a feeling that threatening to blow up someone’s restaurant is not legal.

Moreover, exploding a restaurant is just not a good way to get one’s point across. “You know it’s OK to boycott,” McAndrews acknowledged, “but when you threaten me and my family, then we have a problem. There are a lot of different causes that are important, but for anyone to go to that extreme it’s disheartening.”

Plus, it’s not like McAndrews is simply serving horse for its own sake: his specialty is Sicilian cuisine, which often has horse on the menu. A local food blog pointed out that Monsú has previously served dishes that traditionally use horse meat, but replaced them with goat meat instead.

Here’s a bit of moral equivocation for you, mysterious restaurant bomber: it’s okay to destroy a restaurant for serving horse, but not for serving an equally cute goat? Goats are clever. Goats can sound like humans. You are the worst hypocrite, you cowardly, anonymous bomber, you.

[h/t Huffington Post]

  • georgiegirl

    First, I thought it was illegal to sell/eat horsemeat in the United States. Secondly, I wouldn’t eat either horse or goat, and I probably wouldn’t eat at a restaurant that had them on the menu.

  • KWDragon

    The key here is personal choice. I have eaten goat (Jamaican style, excellent; stewed, less so). I have eaten horsemeat (unknowingly until later, but it was pretty good).

    The problem is the threats. Don’t want to eat there? Sure, pass to the next place, but people don’t have the right to threaten based on their personal moral judgements.

    Were I in Philly right now, I would eat there just to support the restaurant.



    2007 was the last year in the US that Horses were slaughtered for meat. Horses are now exported for slaughter.

  • FessorFrink

    I don’t want to be blown up. I’ll let too much seltser do that for me. My greatest concern in the horsemeant “debate” is twofold: 1) A lot of slaughterhouses are using very old horses, so the concern of tainted meat is greater, and 2) We use more medication with horses than other animals used for food.

    I think these things we need to change before we consider making this a safe choice for consumers. We eat elk, bison, ostrich, alligator, and other non-domesticated animals. however, I think we need to ensure that this is safe to be served.

    Personally, I doubt I’d eat it, but if someone wants to and it is safe, I do not seee how we can stop it because we like horses and don’t like cows.

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