I've often wondered why we eat certain animals, but not others.  We eat beef with almost no questions, whereas, in India, the cow is considered sacred.  In parts of Asia, dog meat is eaten on a daily basis.

I understand the cultural differences and, being a dog owner, I can't say that I would be able to stomach eating Mannie or Lil' Bit (although, if it were times of starvation, I can't say what I'd do).

So when I heard of Helena Ståhl, a sulky racer in Sweden, eating her horse, my reaction was "meh".  Big deal.  I'd try horse meat, as I understand that it is quite tasty, and I've no problem with people not letting food go to waste.  The horse was not sick, had a good life, and was treated well.

Facebook/Helena Stahl
Facebook/Helena Stahl

Others did not take too kindly to Helena having her horse join her for supper, so-to-speak.

According to Yahoo! News, one person on Helena's Facebook page felt that one should not eat one's friend, regardless of the species.

Another said that Helena should have shown gratitude to the horse (by not eating it).

Helena's response was along the lines of "Either I eat it, or the worms eat it; what's the difference?" (paraphrasing, of course).

What do you think?  Do you have a problem trying "other" foods, foods that we are not accustomed to consuming here in the US?

Check out the story on Yahoo and let us know what you think.

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