From pest to posh – Dutch artists serve up unwanted animals

unwanted animalTwo Dutch artists have set up a food truck serving dishes such as My Little Pony burgers in an effort to show that all sorts of animals can be delicious, website The Salt reports.

The Kitchen of the Unwanted Animal started five years ago when Nicolle Schatborn and Rob Hagenouw made croquettes from wild geese that had been shot as part of a pest control project.

The croquettes were a success and led the couple’s attention to the muskrat, which was introduced into the Netherlands over a century ago but now causes substantial damage to dykes.

‘Muskrats are plant eaters so they are really delicious when you cook them,’ Hagenouw told website The Salt.

New on the menu is the My Little Pony Burger, prompted by the dumping of unwanted horses following the economic downturn. Horse is still eaten in the Netherlands.

‘Little girls will say “ah they have My Little Pony burgers”,’ Hagenouw said. ‘Most of the time, the girls eat the burgers. It is their mothers who don’t like it.’

The couple plan to take their project on a festival and food tour this summer.

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