In France, horse flesh is commonly referred to as chevaline or cheval. According to the New York Times, chevaline is a popular replacement for beef in many European and Asian nations. In the United States, eating horse flesh is a contentious issue.
Numerous countries, including France, Belgium, Switzerland, Siberia, Mexico, Canada, and Japan, regularly consume horse meat. Cheval may be known by a different name depending on the location where it is served.
Horse meat is commonly accessible in boucheries chevelalines, which specialise in horse meat, in France. According to Michael Johnson of the New York Times, in 1911 over 62,000 horses were slaughtered for food, a record that still remains in 2014.