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In Kazakhstan, They Eat Horse Meat. Would You?

Kazakhstan is a land where people revere, and eat, horses. Meanwhile, in America (and much of Europe) eating horse meat is taboo. In a blog post for The Plate, I explore these differing attitudes about equus caballus as a protein source.  ...

Kazakhstan has a breed of horse raised especially for the quality of its meat (and milk). PHOTOGRAPH BY RYAN BELL

Kazakhstan is a land where people revere, and eat, horses.

Meanwhile, in America (and much of Europe) eating horse meat is taboo.

In a blog post for The Plate, I explore these differing attitudes about equus caballus as a protein source.

Horsemen of Kazakhstan
A collection of images showing Kazakh horses. PHOTOGRAPHS BY RYAN BELL

 

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Meet the Author

Ryan Bell
Ryan Bell is an award-winning journalist living in the North Cascade Mountains of Washington State. A former cowboy and adventure guide, Ryan is specialized in examining how agriculture impacts the natural world. He is a two-time National Geographic Explorer, traveling to Russia, Kazakhstan, and Uzbekistan. Ryan’s work has been published by NPR, Columbia Journalism Review, Bloomberg, Outside Magazine, among others.