An aspiring teen chef in Norway is getting death threats for gobbling her own horse after the animal was put down last year, according to a report.
Pia Olden, an 18-year-old who works on her family’s farm in Trøndelag, said in a since-deleted Facebook on Friday that she and her hungry relatives scarfed down nearly six pounds of the horse meat, prepared with chili peppers and mango.
“My chef heart said I had to,” Olden wrote, prompting death threats on Saturday after someone took a screenshot of the post, which featured side-by-side snapshots of the departed stallion, Drifting Speed, and medium-rare cuts of meat.
“Many wrote that I deserved to be killed, I too, when I eat my own horse,” Olden told Norwegian tabloid Dagbladet. “One wrote that I should lose the right to have animals.”
The most vocal and incensed critics, Olden said, were female equestrians who also owned horses themselves.
“For them, eating a horse is like eating a family member,” Olden told Dagbladet.
The mare was put down last year due to an illness, and the meat had been kept in a freezer since last week’s meal, Olden said.
“This was my way of honoring her,” the teen continued. “It’s not better for the meat to be buried and eaten by the worms.”
The budding chef knew her post would be controversial to some, but said she wasn’t prepared for the heat.
“Horse meat is a delicacy, and then the horse had to be killed anyway, I thought it was OK to eat it,” Olden told the newspaper. “It was some of the best meat we have eaten.”
With Olden’s post gone from her profile, critics resorted to posting screenshots of her smiling alongside the horse on Tuesday.
“You’re a disgusting human,” one person replied to a post of Olden’s from May.