Target: Government of Sweden
Goal: Launch full-scale investigation to discover the origins of horses being used for meat in Sweden and surrounding countries.
Sweden is now under the scope after traces of horse meat were found in one-kilogram packs of frozen meatballs made in the country and shipped off to international Ikea stores. They are only one of the many countries guilty of exporting products containing horse meat, but the case illustrates a growing scandal that knackeries and abattoirs are responsible for. As shown by the increasing frequency of equine meat in European food products, slaughterhouses and an illegal market for horse meat have yet to be shut down. Urge the Government of Sweden to launch a full-scale investigation of this scandal and locate the origins of the horses being used for their meat in Sweden.
After the discovery of horse meat in Ikea meatballs, more than 1500 pounds of the product were luckily stopped from reaching the shelves for sale. Traces of horse were found by DNA testing of the meat, a practice that it becoming more common in Europe now that these animals are known to be used in burgers, meatballs, lasagnas, and pasta. This deepening scandal has received international attention, but not enough is being done to find out where the horses are coming from and no one knows how to stop the problem.
At present, agriculturalists are pushing for better labeling of meat. German agriculture minister Ilse Aigner claimed that “consumers have every right to the greatest-possible transparency.” While this is true, consumers and food sellers should be striving to find out how to stop traces of horses from entering food products in the first place. Horse meat has also been found in mass in British supermarket Tesco, which pulled all such products from shelves after a thorough investigation. Burgers from Poland also showed traces of the meat during random meat testing, and across Europe, higher rates of testing yield more discoveries of horse meat in food products.
Countries found to have exported horse meat must launch investigations in order to stop this scandal from growing even larger. Instead of mere traces of horse meat, recent meat tests have shown that some products are comprised of more than 25 percent horse. Consumers deserve to know what they’re eating, but more importantly, horses should not be secretly slaughtered and discreetly inserted into food. Ask the Swedish Government to investigate this growing problem in every way possible.
Dear Government of Sweden,
The growing scandal of horse meat in European food products is more serious than ever. Recently, a Swedish furniture retailer, Ikea, was found to have exported meatballs containing traces of horse to a sister store in the Czech Republic. The fact that more and more cases of horse meat are being found in food products illustrates an even greater problem than unknowing consumers eating horses; we do not know where, exactly, this meat is coming from.
It is in your power to launch a full scale investigation of this problem to discover the origins of horses being used for meat. Random DNA testing of meat should be carried out more frequently, and products should be better labeled to inform consumers. Your citizens deserve to know what they are eating, but your country is also obligated to stop any illegal practices that involve animal exploitation. I urge you to look into this matter and do everything in your power to stop this atrocity before it grows larger than it already has.
[Your Name Here]
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