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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Eating Horse Meat in Germany

Since the debacle in the UK and Europe over horse meat being labeled as beef, many discussions have been raised with my American friends about the morality of eating horse meat.

Bag from the horse butcher Otto Thiele in Lüneburg
The bag from the horse butcher
where we got our steaks

When I was studying in Germany in 2011, I lived near a horse butcher (Rossschlachterei Otto Thiele in Lüneburg). Me and a few of my American friends were curious, so we decided to go and get some meat for dinner. We bought pre-seasoned steaks. Look at these lovely pictures of us cooking them (please ignore the disgustingly dirty stove -- it was my student apartment):

 Preparing horse meat steaksCooking horse meat in Germany

 So I know many of you may be thinking, "Oh no, you ate a horse?! Horses aren't mean to be eaten!"  Well, I have one thing to say: it was delicious. I don't understand why horse meat in the U.S. is considered so taboo. How it is okay to eat a cow, but not a horse? I understand horses have a history of being mankind's pets, but why is it okay to slaughter an innocent cow?

Anyways, it's not as if I am hankering for some horse meat in America now, but I certainly would be happy to eat horse again in the future. While horse butchers are not popular in Germany, it does not carry the strong negative stigma that it has in the U.S. So if you are ever presented with the opportunity to try horse meat in the U.S. or abroad, try it out. You may find it delicious too.


  1. Love this post. I ate horse meat when I lived in Holland. (I am with a Dutch guy.) We live in the UK now and I found the entire scandal so ridiculous. Our local grocery store even had a 'horse' section...

    1. The Americans are the funniest. Tell an American that you enjoy eating horse, and most of them react like you just said you enjoy the taste of human flesh.

  2. I haven't eaten horse meat myself (well not that I know of anyway) but my French husband LOVES it! I'm sure I'll try it one day and I'll do my best not to think of My Little Pony ;)


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