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Hoax – ‘Chipotle Using Dog and Cat Meat in Meals’

by Brett M. Christensen

Outline

Circulating story claims that popular restaurant chain Chipotle Mexican Grill is under investigation for using dog and cat meat in their dishes.

Brief Analysis

The claims in the story are false. There is no such investigation and no credible reports support the claim that Chipotle is suspected of using dog and cat meat.  The story comes from the fake-news website Huzlers, which claims to be satirical. Stories published on Huzlers have no credibility and should not be taken seriously.

Example

*BREAKING* Chipotle Exposed For Using Dog And Cat Meat In Food; Will Close Soon

DENVER – It is being reported that the popular restaurant chain ‘Chipotle Mexican Grill’, more commonly known as simply ‘Chipotle’, is currently being investigated for allegedly using dog and cat meat in their dishes.

 

Chipotle Dog and Cat Meat Hoax

 

Detailed Analysis

According to a story that is circulating rapidly via social media, restaurant chain Chipotle Mexican Grill is being investigated by the FDA for allegedly using dog and cat meat in its meals.

The story claims that suspicions emerged after an FDA inspector found live dogs and cats as well as dog and cat carcasses in a Denver Chipotle factory.

However, there is no truth to this story. The FDA is not investigating Chipotle for using dog and cat meat and there are no credible reports about dogs and cats being found in a factory connected to the company.

In fact, the story is a work of fiction published by the fake-news website Huzlers.com. Huzlers, which apparently considers itself satirical, is responsible for churning out a continuing flow of nonsensical reports, many of which go viral via social media.

The site includes the following disclaimer in the footer of its pages:

Huzlers.com is a combination of real shocking news and satirical entertainment to keep its visitors in a state of disbelief.

None of the material published on the site has any credibility.

Over recent years, more and more fake-news websites have surfaced online. Because these sites present their material in news format, many viewers are apt to take the stories seriously.

It is thus a good idea to verify any ‘news’ stories that come your way via social media before you share them with your friends. In most cases, you can easily check the veracity of such stories by searching a news portal such as Google News.

Of course, if Chipotle Mexican Grill was really being investigated for using dog and cat meat, the story would be extensively covered by mainstream news outlets around the world.



Importance Notice

After considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.

These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.

Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.

And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.

When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.

I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.

A Big Thank You

I would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.

I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.

Closing Date

Hoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.

Thank you, one and all!

Brett Christensen,
Hoax-Slayer