Robert Gentel wrote:
I've been meaning to ask about that. I envision Australia as having similar cat values as America but then I hear about Aboriginal cat consumption and even a cat stew in a Alice Springs contest
. I presume the BBC article, when it states "Australians have come up with a novel solution to the millions of feral cats roaming the outback - eat them", is grossly misrepresenting an isolated incident but my understanding is that the Aboriginal cat roasts are somewhat more prevalent and I wonder what cultural conflict that has caused in Australia.
Is it legal to eat cats in Australia? And for that matter I wonder if it's legal in most of the US.
I have no idea if it is legal!
I can't imagine it would be illegal...I doubt anyone would have thought to mention it in any law, because I doubt anyone would have considered it possible.
There'd be problems if the cats were killed other than humanely...or if they were being used commercially...there health laws would make a stink if there wasn't a process.
But the populace would make a hell of a stink...though there is a counter swell of strong anti-cat feeling here, because of the terrible environmental damage inflicted by them.
One guy used to kill ferals and wear them as hats to publicise this...but he didn't EAT them.
I'd never heard of them being eaten by Indigenous people before this moment, or anyone else...except the usual rumours about Chinese restaurants.
If i can put aside my emotions, it would make a lot of sense...along with eating feral camels, donkeys, dogs, goats, buffalo and so forth.
Humans seem much better at wiping out species when we want to use them, and do it by accident, than we do when we are trying.
And all those creatures, when they get into the wild, are devastating to the ecology.
Local people seem to have no desire to eat pests, that I can see.