Wednesday, 23 December 2009

Tired of Turkey?


I'm in London for some brief family visits and pre-Christmas shopping and couldn't resist the culinary horrors of this shop window! Particularly having just read Margaret Atwood's latest novel (The Year of the Flood) where one of the forbidden delights is the consumption of endangered species. Not that camels are exactly endangered, but do they really taste that good?

3 comments:

  1. Just makes me want to weep - but then I don't eat meat, so I would say that, wouldn't I? Apart from which, festive greetings, Kathleen!

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  2. For what it is worth the Kangaroo is from Oz (obviously) I have had a good look at the industry and am reasonably confidant they are taken sustainably. The two largest species (Red Kanga's and Grey Kanga's) have had radical population explosions since white settlement. Providing them with permanent water (unintentionally as a by product of watering stock) has meant they have been freed from their previous population limiter.
    There is a good argument for culling in good seasons. But I don't generally eat Kangaroo as I am ethically opposed to exploiting native species. The exception has been when I have been a guest of Aboriginal people.

    Oddly the camel is also (almost certainly) from Oz. We have a wild population of feral camels numbering in millions. They are immensely destructive of very fragile desert environments. So strange as it sounds, you are actually doing the environment a favour if you support the camel meat industry.
    As an aside Camel is quite tasty, much leaner than beef yet quite tender.

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  3. Fascinating Al! but I couldn't bear to eat a Zebra. The Italians eat almost anything, but they are of the opinion that the British will not eat anything that looks cute - ie rabbits, horses etc. As a farmer's daughter, I should be pretty omnivorous, but don't eat much meat at all - I used to go vegetarian each time our sheep went to market!
    Seasons good wishes to you both, whatever your Christmas dinner is.
    Kathleen

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