Burger King Entangled in Horse Meat Scandal

Thumbnail image for la-fi-mo-burger-king-horse-meat-20130124-001.jpgLast week, the UK was rocked when trace amounts of horse meat were found in ground beef being used for hamburger. The outcry resulted in the recall of 10 million pounds of meat by Irish supplier Silvercrest.

This dramatic event shines a glaring light onto a sad societal hypocrisy: it's considered acceptable to eat some animals--cows, pigs, and lambs, for example--but offensive to eat others, such as dogs, cats, and horses. The reality, of course, is that all animals suffer similarly. Yet, humans lavish love upon certain species while condemning others to the horrors of the slaughterhouse.

In a disingenuous morality play, US-based Burger King announced it was dropping Silvercrest following the horse meat scandal, and that certain menu items might become unavailable.

This isn't the first time Burger King has found itself in hot water for the mistreatment of animals used in its cheeseburgers. In October, Mercy For Animals presented Burger King executives with undercover video shot at one of its dairy suppliers--Bettencourt Dairies-- that revealed workers beating, kicking, mutilating, confining, and neglecting animals.

The abuse was so severe that one of Bettencourt's employees just pled guilty to criminal cruelty to animals and is facing six months in jail and a $5,000 fine. Despite all of this, the multi-billion-dollar company did nothing in response but to temporarily cut ties with the supplier--it refused to take meaningful action, such as instituting zero-tolerance policies for animal abuse, that would prevent such horrifying events in the future.


Let Burger King know that abusing dairy cattle is unacceptable. Go to BurgerKingCruelty.com and sign the petition urging Burger King to require its cheese suppliers to implement meaningful animal welfare standards.

Concerned consumers can be sure they aren't consuming horse meat and can help prevent needless violence and cruelty to animals by ditching meat and dairy in favor of healthy and humane plant-based alternatives. Visit ChooseVeg.com to learn more.