Originally Posted by HarryT
I've no idea. Simply a cultural thing, I suspect. As you know, it's certainly available in many other European countries (France, for example).
The French started eating horse meat after the revolution. When you're starving because your ruler is more concerned with his own comforts than with taking care of its people it's a recipe for trouble. And of course starving people will eat anything. I've never had it but I understand at least as late as WWII people could buy it at the local butcher shop.