Restaurant Bows to Pressure, Takes Horse Meat Off Menu

More than 1,000 animal-welfare advocates petitioned to get horse meat off the menu

Friday, Oct 5, 2012  |  Updated 9:11 AM EDT
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A Queens restaurant has bowed to pressure from animal lovers and taken horse meat off the menu.

The owners of M. Wells Dinette had planned to serve horse tartare at their restaurant that recently opened inside a museum in Queens, according to The New York Times.

Chef and co-owner Hugue Dufour announced his plan in a magazine interview. Then 1,300 animal-welfare advocates signed petitions on Change.org demanding that he take horse meat off the menu.

In a statement Thursday, Dufour and the other owners said they would not serve horse because the idea upset so many people. They said that surprised them.

Dufour said he served 5,000 grilled cheese sandwiches that included horse meat at a food festival in Brooklyn in May.

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