So, it’s not only East Asians who eat companion animals like cats.
Cat stew has surfaced at an Australian food competition. The revolting dish may just be the next antipodean vogue. I dread the day when cat stew is mentioned alongside the koalas and the kangeroos, and Ian Thorpe as Australian’s Best.
But then kangeroos, national Aussie symbol, are regularly culled, and made into shoes and pet food right? Maybe the surprise is how long it took for Aussie cat stew to devolve. What can we expect next? Dingo kebabs?
Here’s the article, courtesy of budak:
Cat stew legal, may not be safe: Health Dept
Posted Mon Aug 27, 2007 6:17pm AEST
The Northern Territory Health Department says it is not ideal for people to eat feral cat but it is not illegal.
One of the entries in this year’s Alice Springs bush food competition is a cat stew that is flavoured with native fruits.
The Territory’s Director of Environmental Health, Xavier Schobben, says while people are free to eat cat, there are legal obstacles to selling it.
“It’s not illegal to eat feral cat that’s for your own consumption, or your family’s,” he said.
“But once you offer it for sale, then you enter into a legal contract and then you have to ensure that the food that’s sold by you is safe.
“There’s no way you can actually guarantee that any feral animal, for that matter, that hasn’t been subject to post-mortem examination is safe.”
Mr Schobben says cooking a cat would not necessarily make it safe to eat, because bacteria can cause problems even if the dish is well cooked.
“It’s not just the bacteria or the microbial organisms actually inside the animal, it’s also the toxins they produce,” he said.
“Even though [bacteria] die, they still can release toxins into the cavity et cetera, the different organs of the feral animal.”