Sunday, September 2, 2007

This'll wake you up, I promise: Cat Food

Note: Apologies in advancer to Fiat Lux and other cat lovers for the editorial comments that follow.

Every once in a while some enterprising environmentally aware cat or chick (or whatever) tries to help solve the problem of overpopulation of one species or another by turning it into a tasty dish in the hope that it'll pique the publics appetite and send thousands out into the bush with the intention of turning the pests into dinner. In the '90's Paul Prudhomme and other Cajun chefs unsuccessfully tried to convince Louisianians that nutria, a rodent that is indigenous to South American and is still is turning that state's coastal marshes into rat turds, was the other- other white meat in an effort to bring their numbers under control.

And now we learn that Australian children's book author Kay Kessing is trying to convince her fellow Aussies that feral cats stewed are more quietly chewed. Suffice it to say that cat lovers are all over her like a swarm of flies on a carcass. It's too bad really, feral cats kill hundreds of millions of birds and small mammals annually and globally. And frankly, I don't see why anyone would protest. After all, cats are not endangered species, and meat is meat for goodness sake.

Here's a bit about the story from the Canadian newspaper the Edmonton Journal
SYDNEY - Australians have come up with a novel solution to the millions of feral cats roaming the Outback: eat them.

Wild cats -- the escaped descendants of domestic cats - kill millions of small native animals each year. Now the tables have turned and they find themselves on the menu.

A bush tucker competition held at the weekend in Alice Springs, in the Red Centre of the continent, featured something new: wild cat casserole.

"It's a white meat," said Kay Kessing, who came up with the recipe. "They vary a lot. The first cat I cooked didn't have a strong flavour. I put a lot of ingredients with it and made a beautiful stew." Source

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1 comment:

Sean said...

People protest this for the same reason that foie gras protests get traction in the mainstream: ducks like cats are cute and people don't see them as farm animals. Our culture has made the irrational designation that cats, for instance, are given ethical consideration as pets while at the same time we let most other animals fall out side our moral sphere. Imagine if it were some small rodent causing problems. These same people who are protesting now would probably be buying traps to catch the animals.