Norwegian Teen Gets Death Threats For Eating Her Own Horse
A teenage girl has been receiving death threats after she revealed that she ate her own horse after it had been put down, saying it was the best meat she'd ever tasted.
Pia Olden's family kept fillets of her dead stallion, Drifting Speed, in their freezer after it was put down in 2018 due to illness.
The 18-year-old posted the story on Facebook, including pictures of the meal that she had prepared with Drifting Speed's body.
Ms Olden is an apprentice chef, as well as a keen horse owner, so she explained how she'd prepared the dish. The image showed some meat with a chilli and mango topping. She wrote: "If I'm going to eat horse meat, it's going to be my own."
But the teenager, who grew up in a family of farmers, has been the subject of online backlash, and has even received death threats.
Speaking to Norwegian news outlet Dagbladet, she said: "Many wrote that I too deserve to be killed for eating my own horse. One wrote that I should lose the right to have animals."
She also told them that the main bulk of threats came from other female horse riders, however she believes she was honouring her pet by using its body for food.
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She continued: "It's not better for the meat to be buried and eaten by the worms."
She also said that she thinks her upbringing on a farm means that she has a different and more realistic relationship with animals and thinks of meat differently than others.
Following the backlash, she decided to delete her post, after it was shared to a group on Facebook where it got thousands of responses.
She says that she did have an idea that it would attract negative responses, saying it's a 'taboo in the equine community', but she wasn't prepared for the level of vitriol she would receive. Regardless though, she still stands by her decision.
She added: "I don't think they should be able to control what to do. Horse meat is a delicacy, and when the horse had to be killed anyway, I thought it was okay to eat it."
She added: "It was some of the best meat we have eaten."
After it received thousands of responses, she attempted to have the humour page remove their post. However, when shared on an agriculture page, she said it got just as much positive feedback.
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