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alternative meats

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 30, 2012 at 5:57 PM

I hear that in the orient certain kinds of meat are viable options. The list includes such fare as canine and feline varieties of all sorts and descriptions as well as rodents. Perhaps those in the western world would be better advised to avail themselves of the domesticated fare in place of throwing away societies resources on "pleasure animals", a.k.a 'pets. Just a thought for the environmentally inclined. Why not eat DOGGIES and KITTIES? I hear many a pup is given away and needs a home...why not in the oven? Seriously...if the PC crowd advocates chopping the balls off animals so they can't live a "NATURAL" life propagating their won kind would it not be better to make them into food? Whould this be unhealthy given the diet of most domesticated pets? Let me hear you thoughts(p.s try to keep the moralizing to tolerable levels)...

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on January 30, 2012
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Chickens are not herbivores either- they are mean sonsabitches.

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at 07:45 PM

Not to be one of the "Technically..." people, but pigs technically aren't herbivores. And Westerners eat a lot of pork. They will eat just about anything that ends up (or crawls) into their pen (I've seen our hogs devour a chicken that accidently fell in). I'm just sayin... Intersting, though, that we don't tend to lean towards carnivorous animals in general. I never thought about that before.

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at 06:09 PM

@dpurim, your general question is fine but there's not enough difference between animal meals and alternative meats, IMO, to justify 2 questions.

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on January 30, 2012
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The best "explanation" of this I have heard is the herbivore theory...ie in the West, we only eat herbivores (and not even all of them in all cultures eg horse). This appears to be something in our culture that has built up over time...we simply do not eat carnivorous animals, which immediately excludes dogs and cats. I think the "pet" idea is a soft excuse that got added onto this idea at a later date.

However, from a Paleo perspective, it would be interesting (and beyond my scientific means...) to understand the impact of eating herbivore meat vs carnivore meat in terms of nutrition and hormonal reactions...

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on January 30, 2012
at 11:57 PM

Chickens are not herbivores either- they are mean sonsabitches.

778b36f4f699f202de135ef176fe9ab7

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on January 30, 2012
at 07:45 PM

Not to be one of the "Technically..." people, but pigs technically aren't herbivores. And Westerners eat a lot of pork. They will eat just about anything that ends up (or crawls) into their pen (I've seen our hogs devour a chicken that accidently fell in). I'm just sayin... Intersting, though, that we don't tend to lean towards carnivorous animals in general. I never thought about that before.

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