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Monday, October 13, 2008

Now in Carnivorousness

posted by on October 13 at 12:41 PM

For those getting worked up in comments about Mr. Schmader’s piece on Seattle’s faux meat factory, “Into the Vegettoir,” I give you: Peruvian cat-eaters.

Animal rights groups are up in arms over an annual festival in Peru that serves up hundreds of fried cats to locals.

The ‘Gastronomical Festival of the Cat‘—dubbed the ‘Massacre of the Moggies’ [Eds. note: “Moggie” is British for “Fluffy”]—sees townsfolk in Canete, near Lima, feast on the fluffy pets for two days.

They believe that eating cat burgers—and fried cat legs and tails—can cure bronchial disease.

It is also believed that feline meat serves as an aphrodisiac.

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That's ridiculous. Everybody knows the only proven naturally occurring aphrodisiacs are white rhino horn and Siberian tiger penis.

Posted by flamingbanjo | October 13, 2008 12:44 PM

"Peru's SCARY!"
(See:Google logo for today)

Posted by paddingtonbear | October 13, 2008 12:50 PM

Bullshit, flamingbanjo. The only thing that works is blood from a live snake.

Posted by Fnarf | October 13, 2008 12:51 PM

@3. Also, porn.

Posted by Julie in Chicago | October 13, 2008 12:53 PM

I'd be interested in a vegetarian version. Garden CatBurger.

Posted by m@ | October 13, 2008 12:54 PM

These folks, like the poor every where, have difficulty getting enough dietary protein. The people of this region, along with Ecuador, have a long history of eating small rodents like guinea pigs, or cuy as they are also known. This is similar to dog-eating in other cultures. That they have a festival is probaby just way for the community to lessen the residual shame they feel for eating what is mostly regared as a pet animal.

Posted by inkweary | October 13, 2008 12:55 PM

*Feast on the ONCE fluffy pets* would be more accurate. There's nothing fluffy about fried cat. I should know. I suspect I've been eating it as Chicken Katzu for a while now.

Posted by kinaidos | October 13, 2008 12:55 PM


You haven't heard? Trader Joe's makes a killer cat-meat substitute out of tofu, pressed into patties. The name? "Honky Catburger"!

Posted by Cookie W. Monster | October 13, 2008 12:57 PM

What's the problem? I LOVE eating pussy!

Posted by There, I said it. | October 13, 2008 12:59 PM

in observance of anti-meat day on slog...

q: what's the difference between a cat burger and a hamburger?

a: the cat burger is not the worst man-made environmental disaster in the planet's history.

Posted by jrrrl | October 13, 2008 12:59 PM

@5, your cat's in my garden. Can I eat her?

Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | October 13, 2008 1:04 PM

@6 you make it sound like can't get enough to eat if they can't eat the usual chicken, beef, pork. the guinea pig was domesticated for food its just regional variety. i also come from a dog eating culture and it used to be a normal meat but now is consumed ceremonialy. we don't have shame about eating a pet.

its different, not inferior.

Posted by Jiberish | October 13, 2008 1:18 PM

As long as people can eat chinchilla and sell me their fur, i support this kind of ceremony.

Posted by Bellevue Ave | October 13, 2008 1:48 PM

British Note to the Ed: "Moggie" doesn't mean what you think; It's the cat equivalent of Mutt. What you call a cat of mixed pedigree.

Posted by Sto | October 13, 2008 1:59 PM

BA, when are we getting our chinchilla comforter? Didn't you promise me one years ago?

Posted by Mikki | October 13, 2008 2:00 PM

Every day, a cow wishes it was a cat.

Posted by K | October 13, 2008 2:03 PM

@12 I was not implying that eating dog is a custom that makes a culture inferior, I am neutral on that subject, in fact in certain cicumstances it makes perfect sense. I don't desire to eat it myself but have no problem with other people doing so. The people I am referring to are those who are so poor they actually cannot afford chicken, beef or pork. The highlands of Peru will not support large animal husbandry, other than the llama, which is indigeonous and not raised as meat. When poorer people do manage to raise a pig they often have to sell it to buy necessities or pay rent.

I also clearly stated that eating guinea pig was long-established, these and dogs are the only known domestic food animals of this region. The first civilizations of the Western Hemisphere all lacked the large domesticated animals which provide us with animal-based protein. There were no cows, chickens or domesticted pigs. Meat-consumption was limited to the elite. That said, wide-spread cat eating in Peru is a fairly new phenomenon. The domesticated cat is not native to this hemisphere and no one I know of who has traveled in Peru and Ecuador has ever previously mentioned a widespread cat-based cuisine.

Posted by inkweary | October 13, 2008 2:08 PM

Tails? There ain't no meat on a cat's tail.

Posted by sepiolida | October 13, 2008 2:20 PM

But the cats were fried with wind power...

Posted by aaa | October 13, 2008 2:30 PM

Can I have my catburger with grilled cheese buns filled with pit-bull bacon?

Posted by Al | October 13, 2008 2:36 PM

Every time you masturbate, God eats a kittenburger!

Posted by Cookie W. Monster | October 13, 2008 2:40 PM

Can we nuke them now?

Posted by crazycatguy | October 13, 2008 3:49 PM

@16 - I'm already envisioning those Chic-Fil-A cows parachuting in with new signs that say "EAT MOR KAT"

@20 - Man, after seeing all these Pitbull attack stories, I'm thinking that mabye someone here will start a "Festival of the Boiled Pitbull" here. Sounds like a great solution to me. More Protien, Less Mauling.

Posted by Deric in LA | October 13, 2008 4:14 PM

Inkweary: rare is the Latin American who considers a cat a pet. I've lived in and traveled the region extensively, and while you'll find an occasional cat lover, they're few and far between. The vast majority of folks in the region regard cats as nearly equal to the vermin they hunt. They're seen as a necessary evil to keep the vermin population under control, and that's it.

In fact, it's hard to find cat food for sale in Latin America (outside of big cities, that is), because it's generally believed that if you feed a cat it will get lazy and stop hunting.

In light of that, it's rather surprising that the scrawny beasts can provide enough meat to support a cat-eating festival in Peru.

Posted by TVDinner | October 13, 2008 6:43 PM

whatevs. i'd eat a cat. probably have... i've eaten some weird stuff that i wasn't so sure was traditional meat.

Posted by Nixor | October 13, 2008 7:49 PM

They should consider the fact that cats keep vermin like rats to a minimum. If they decimate cat populations they could see a rise in diseases and loss of food grains.

Posted by Vince | October 14, 2008 7:10 AM

Wow. Peru has so much going for it.

Posted by Yeek | October 14, 2008 7:23 AM

Right, and I'm sure those "animal rights activists" have no problem eating "food animals". If you're going to be offended by people eating an animal, you've got to be offended by people eating ANY animals.

Posted by Jenny | October 14, 2008 8:17 AM

I can haz catburger now?

Posted by there I said it again | October 14, 2008 4:12 PM

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