A Pittsburgh restaurant has gotten blacklash from animal rights activists and a warning from the U.S. Department of Agriculture after it advertised horse tartare as a one-time menu item during a special event earlier this month.
Cure chef and co-owner Justin Severino hosted a special dinner with Canadian chefs that included the dish. The USDA warning determined Severino brought the meat into the country illegally, though WPXI reporters emphasized Severino did not appear to have broken the law. Severino said the meat originated at a “sustainable farm” in Alberta.
“By selling and promoting the fact that they served horse, it is by default promoting the horse slaughter industry,” animal activist Joy Braunstein told WPXI. Braunstein started a petition seeking to make the serving of horse meat illegal in the state of Pennsylvania.
Currently, the federal budget does not allow for inspections of horse slaughter facilities in the United States.
According to reports, the warning letter did not outline punishments for Severino but indicated a repetition could result in criminal charges.
Read more at WPXI
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