What’s in That Whopper? Burger King Busted Selling Horse Meat

Friday, February 1, 2013 - 5:15pm

It’s both sad and gross at the same time. After nearly two weeks of trying to reassure the public that Burger King’s products were safe, the fast food giant just announced that an internal investigation confirmed that burgers containing horse meat have been sold in its United Kingdom locations!

Rumors of the contamination were first triggered by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland after it found horse meat in the frozen beef burgers of several major grocery suppliers in Ireland and the UK. The contaminated meat is from the Ireland-based processing company Silvercrest, which is a subsidiary of ABP Food Group.

"These recent revelations of horse meat in European hamburgers are proof that the predatory horse slaughter industry isn't worried about who it victimizes—horses and diners are all at risk," says Nancy Perry, Senior Vice President of ASPCA Government Relations. “In addition to the inherent cruelty of horse slaughter, the toxicity of horse meat is a big problem. We’ve become increasingly aware of all the drugs routinely given to horses that are dangerous to humans and banned for use in animals raised for human consumption.”

Take Action!
This incident happened across the ocean, but horses are at risk of terrifying, inhumane deaths at slaughterhouses right here at home: Horse slaughter proponents are taking drastic steps to re-open horse slaughter plants in the United States! Please visit the ASPCA Advocacy Center to urge U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to reject any application to operate a horse slaughter facility in the U.S.

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No animal should be slaughtered for human consumption, just think, cows, pigs, and some other domesticated food-animals are mammals, just like you and me. It's sick to think that baby cows and taken from their mothers at birth and are made into veal. Any animal is slaughtered violently and horribly, no matter how you hear otherwise from. I absolutely adore horses and all animals, I'm a vegetarian now and when I accidentally ate lamb, I cried afterward! How about you eat your dog, or cat, or rabbit, or any other pet? It's only an animal, bullshit. I'm going to be a veterinarian when I get out of highschool, so I know animals sometimes need to be put down, but not eaten. Mo is trying to make it legal to eat roadkill, isn't that disgusting? I saw a doe hit near my house and I cried and my dad said "it's probably going to Salvation Army" and I was sickened. My mom understands so when I started crying she wasn't mad at me. No animal should be killed for consumption, it would be like me going and eating your child or pet.