The distribution and consumption of horsemeat is a subject that has caused scandals and angered animal rights activists around the world. One restaurant in the Netherlands is stirring up controversy by serving a burger made from the meat of aging amusement park horses that were already on their way to the slaughterhouse. The supposedly humanely made horsemeat burger at Food Guerilla in Breda is called My Little Pony, a doubtless unwelcome nod to the Hasbro entertainment franchise of the same name, and a name that understandably drums up sales and criticism based on shock value alone.
The meat used is sold to the restaurant by a food truck called Keuken van het Ongewenst Dier, The Kitchen of Unwanted Animals, which intercepts and serves up older animals who were already on the way to the slaughterhouse. The horses ground into burger meat were sourced from the famed Slagharen amusement park, a hundred miles or so northeast of Breda.
Apparently, the burgers are not big sellers.
“They don’t sell well because people do feel bad about the idea of eating horse,’ Guerilla Food chef Babbe Hengeveld told Munchies. “I just need to throw away the meat sometimes. For people to understand, you really have to explain to them clearly about the unwanted ponies and horsemeat.”