Australians Eating Feral Cats

Eeeew…..I much prefer the US solution of neuter and release.

From the BBC:

Australians have come up with a novel solution to the millions of feral cats roaming the outback – eat them.

The felines are the descendants of domestic pets and kill millions of small native animals each year.

A recent Alice Springs contest featured wild cat casserole. The meat is said to taste like a cross between rabbit and, perhaps inevitably, chicken.

But wildlife campaigners have expressed their dismay that Australia’s wild cat now finds itself on the nation’s menus.

Feral cats are one of the most serious threats to Australia’s native fauna.

They eat almost anything that moves, including small marsupials, lizards, birds and spiders.

The woman behind the controversial cat stew recipe has said Australians could do their bit to help the environment by tucking into more feral pests, including pigeons and camels.

But it was a recipe for feline casserole that impressed some of the judges at an outback food competition in Alice Springs.

Preparing this unusual stew seems simple enough.

The meat should be diced and fried until it is brown. Then lemon grass is to be added along with salt and pepper and three cups of quandong, which is a sweet desert fruit.

It is recommended that the dish be left to simmer for five hours before being garnished with bush plums and mistletoe berries.

Marinated moggie was not to everyone’s taste. One of the competition judges found the meat impossibly tough and had to politely excuse herself and spit it out in a backroom.

Wild cats are considered good eating by some Aborigines, who roast the animals on an open fire.

This outback cuisine does come with a health warning.

Scientists have said that those eating wild cats could be exposed to harmful bacteria and toxins.

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  1. Anonymous

    “….those eating wild cats could be exposed to harmful bacteria and toxins.”

    As opposed to eating battery chickens full of growth hormones and anitbiotics. Hmmm.

  2. Yves Smith

    In Australia, the government has banned the use of hormones by chicken farmers for many years, so all chickens and eggs are hormone free.

  3. Anonymous

    Yes, hormones are banned but antibiotic use is still widespread – particularly the so called ‘growth promotants’ which is where some of the confusion in regard to hormones originates..

  4. Anonymous

    Let me guess, she hates cats, tame or otherwise and she probably gave birth to her spawn, if she has any, in the outback somewhere. Hense eating the afterbirth there after. HEY!!! THERE ARE OTHER HUMANE WAYS TO TACKLE THESE SORTS OF PROBLEMS!!!!

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