A Swedish jockey is catching heat for eating her horse after it was put down. After a severe injury, Helena Stahl had to put her horse Iffy Mant down. Considering her close relationship with the animal, she felt that the most appropriate decision was to eat her horse.
A lot of people were horrified, but I’m not sure one can really look in from the outside and decide what was the best way to dispose of the remains of a friend, how best to grieve. Grief is personal, and any way people dispose of remains seems shocking when one does not follow the cultural ideas behind that particular method of disposal. I wouldn’t do it, but I’m not sure I can call out Helena Stahl for her decision. Burial and cremation are only respectful because we attach respect to them. Really, death is always horrifying. That’s why it’s death.
However, this was the first thing I thought of when I heard about this poor woman and her poor horse:
I’m a bad person.