View Full Version : Cat Meat Menu Unleashes Italian Outrage

02-16-2010, 08:22 PM
Beppe Bigazzi, a food expert on La Prova del Cuoco (The Cooks' Challenge), was suspended indefinitely after extolling the delights of "tender, white cat meat" on a national television channel.

Mr Bigazzi, 77, recommended that the best way to prepare a cat was to leave it under running water for three days in order to tenderise the meat and then cook it in a stew.The suggestion enraged animal rights groups, with the Italian Animal Protection Agency calling for him to be sacked.

Italians own about eight million pet cats, and a further 50,000 strays have to be sterilized or put down by local authorities each year.

"Anyone who goes on television to promote the taste of cat meat is guilty of instigating viewers to commit an act of cruelty to animals, a crime punishable by up to 18 months in prison." Mr Bigazzi claimed on the programme that eating cats was a long-held tradition in Valdarno, a town near Florence.

"Leave it for three days under a stream or running water and you end up with a delight, I've eaten its delicious white meat many times," he said.

Mr Bigazzi later claimed that he had seen people eat cats in Tuscany in the 1930s and 1940s, during wartime food shortages, but that he was not recommending that cat should still be eaten. "I was just talking about an old tradition," he said.

Francesca Martini, a health minister, condemned the remarks as "offensive to the growing number of people who care about the way we treat animals."Killing and cooking cats was illegal and "despicable", she said.



02-16-2010, 08:41 PM
The heck with the Italians! The China 1 place here in town seems like cat is its main meat!


02-16-2010, 08:44 PM