Guinea pig

Westport ferals are at it again

There is something wrong on the coast.

The Westport SPCA is appalled a rabbit and a guinea pig were removed from their cage at a Westport property and decapitated recently.

Westport SPCA secretary Robyn Nahr said the SPCA was horrified to hear that someone had decapitated the animals.

She appealed to anyone with information regarding the sadistic act to come forward.

“This has been reported to the police as well.”

That wasn’t the only act of animal cruelty to happen in Westport lately, she said.

Over the past week, a whitebaiter had seen three dead cats floating down the Buller River on three separate occasions. He managed to grab two of them, one which was in a plastic bag, she said.

The third cat he couldn’t reach.

“We don’t know if the one in the bag was dead when it was put in [the river].” She hoped for the cat’s sake it was. ?? Read more »

Meat is meat isn’t it? Fancy a bit of fox or rat?

There has been a crack down in China on dodgy meat vendors. Can’t see what?the?problem is…I’ve blogged about eating guinea pigs before…rats aren’t too far off that. I ate rats in?Thailand…off a bbq on the side of the road. Very tasty.

Chinese police have arrested 904 people and seized 20,000 tonnes of illegal products since the turn of the year, in an investigation into “meat-related offences” which revealed fox, mink and rat meat all being passed off as mutton.

Suspects in Baotou produced fake beef and lamb jerky from duck meat and sold it to markets in 15 provinces. Levels of E coli in the product “seriously exceeded standards”, the country’s Public Security Ministry said.? Read more »

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Tasty Guinea Pig, nutritious and green

I blogged about the prospect of guinea pig as a low cost meat. Now others are looking into it.

Guinea pig meat is healthy and on top of that greener than other meats.

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Guinea pigs on the grill

You may best know the guinea pig as a nervous little pet that lives in a cage and eats alfalfa pellets.

Now, the rodents are increasingly showing up on plates in the United States.

South American restaurants on both coasts seem to be pushing the trend, answering to demand mostly from Andean expats for what is considered a fine and valuable food in Ecuador, Peru and Colombia. Middle-class foodies with a taste for exotic delicacies are also ordering, photographing and blogging about guinea pig. The animals ? called?cuyes?in Spanish ? are usually cooked whole, often grilled, sometimes deep fried. Many diners eat every last morsel, literally from head to toe.? Read more »

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