How can we prevent the ponies on Dartmoor, that remote and windswept corner of south-west of England, from becoming extinct?
Why, by eating them of course.
The Dartmoor Hill Pony Association says that herd numbers have dropped from more than 25,000 in the 1930s to around 1,000 today. About 400 one-year old foals are annually culled and go to waste.
The theory is that – given the best meat comes from three-year olds – encouraging pony steaks might mean more ponies living longer on the moor.
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