Eating meat is a part of the daily life of billions of people all over the world. Every day thousands of animals are slaughtered to meet these demands.
Meat has been a staple food item in the diet of mankind since the early ages of civilization. Lately, vegetarianism has been on the rise. With more and more people quitting meat and other animal products every day, demand for the same should have decreased. However, this is not so; instead, they’re increasing with each passing year.
These animals are put through inhuman torture and excruciating pain while they make the journey from their natural habitats and loving homes to your plates.
Following is the list of 6 animals you wouldn’t believe people eat.
These majestic animals of the wild have been on the most wanted list of hunters and poachers since times immemorial. They are hunted not only for their ivory but also for their meat. It is usually consumed in impoverished areas of the world where food is generally scarce. One elephant can supposedly feed a whole village. Assamese scriptures state that elephant meat consists of healing properties and can enable one to live a longer, healthier life. Hounding of this animal has lead to a significant decline in its population over the years, in spite of various protection laws.
Cat meat is considered to bring good luck and cat-like agility to the consumer. Cats and dogs are common in many menus in Vietnam, Korea and China. They are eaten separately or added to other meat dishes for extra flavour. These animals are usually stray as they are picked up from the streets and killed mercilessly with clubs or sometimes by drowning them. Even though it puts these animals through brutal torture, this market has continued to flourish over the years. While the locals eat cat meat because of these superstitions, travellers often try it out of curiosity (see? Curiosity killed the cat!).
Rat is well known as a staple food in countries with scare supplies of protein. However, it is considered a delicacy in many parts of the world and eaten willingly. In China, there are street vendors that sell the rodent deep-fried on a stick. It is often described as ‘the best meat’ one had eaten by the eaters. It is also considered currency in some tribes of New Zealand and exchanged during wedding ceremonies in the Indian tribe of ‘Adi’.
These animals are killed for various purposes like medicine and meat. Their parts are also collected by people. Health officials in West Africa have cited the consumption of gorilla meat as a possible reason for the spread of diseases like HIV among humans. However, eating gorilla meat is common. Its meat is described as rich and smoky.
Seeing too many lizards in your house? Is your Life being too stressful? No problem! Cause lizard soup will solve your problems. Lizard soup is served in Hong Kong for reducing stress. They’re also enjoyed as sun-dried snacks (hungry? Grab a lizard!). They’re sold as fried snacks on a stick in China and eaten in various parts of the world. It is also believed to hold medicinal value. It is used to cure several diseases like cancer, epilepsy, asthma, and acne. Its taste is said to resemble that of chicken.
Rabbit is one of the best white meat available in the market. Its taste resembles that of chicken and has a high percentage of easily digestible protein. It also has the lowest fat content among all other meats and is almost calorie-free. It is also high in vitamins like B3 and B12 and is heart patient-friendly. However, only eating rabbit meat can lead to ‘protein toxicity’ or ‘rabbit starvation’ which is a rare form of malnutrition caused due to the absence of fat in one’s diet.
While it might be interesting to try out these different types of meat, it is important to note that our curiosity often brings disastrous ends for these animals.
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Updated by- Shreyasharma