|Game meat, horse, raw||133||21 g||5 g||3.8 mg||53 mg||52 mg|
|Beef, strip steak, raw||117||23 g||3 g||1.9 mg||55 mg||55 mg|
Europe and Asia are prime consumers of horse meat, and a glance at Google offers recipes for "Veronese" horse alongside ethical bans. In favor of horse meat consumption? See http://www.eathorse.com
Wikipedia and other sites remain vague on the issue of horse meat and paganism, the point of agreement being that in 732 A.D. Pope Gregory III campaigned to "stop the ritual consumption of horse meat in pagan practice"--that is, the Catholic church turned horse meat into a taboo. Catholicism loves its taboos. Then along came sentimentality. Black Beauty, My Friend Flicka, The Black Stallion, Misty of Chincoteague, Mr. Ed--once the horse got to TV, threatening the popularity of "man's best friend," Lassie, well, horse's ass got less popular on the menu.
But dog meat is a prized delicacy in Asia, as are webbed duck feet. And according to a favorite book of my children, James Solheim's It's Disgusting And We Ate It, delicacies that many Europeans and Americans deem revolting abound. Bird's nest soup complete with birdie spit? "1,000 year old eggs" aged in mud? Spiders, grubs, and chocolate ants? Live maggots, anyone? All of the above and more have inspired lip-smacking and drooling. In the Amazon basin there's even a beer-like beverage (a non-alcoholic version is prepared for children) called "chicha" whose ingredients include cassava and spit, the latter an aid in fermentation. I think that's about where I'd draw the line, personally. I'll take the horse's ass (it was delicious with gravy and potatoes) but hold the chicha, chiquita.