Peruvians have come up with a new breed of Guinea pig, which is larger and meatier. They hope it will help to convert the world to one of their national delicacies.
'The new breed is said to be meatier, tastier, high in protein and low in fat and cholesterol.'
Logically, I have no problem with eating a Guinea pig. Rabbit, chickens, sheep are all eaten - why not Guinea pig? However I still have a slight instinctive thing against it as I associate Guinea pigs with the school pet from when I was five (his name was Indigo, and we made Guinea pig forts out of giant lego-like bricks)
I'd try it though, depending upon the preparation requirements. Nevertheless, I doubt that it'll appear in Tescos any time soon.
Tesco used to stock Kangaroo, and it was great. However every time I went past it, I heard some member of the fluffy bunny brigade saying 'Aww, that's really cruel' - shortly before they picked up a cumberland sausage. Tesco stopped stocking Kangaroo. Farmed Ostrich disappeared too.
In Australia, Kangaroo are shot for population control. I'd rather the carcasses were sold off as food than left to rot.
Hmm, that's prompted a thought. There is lots of stuff at the moment about Bush meat, i.e. Gorilla, Chimpanzee, Lion. Perhaps the solution isn't to ban Bush meat, but to farm it? We're not gonna see the cow go extinct any time soon, are we?
I can see the slogan now: 'Save a Gorilla, Eat one today!'
Note: the Bush Meat thing really is not a serious suggestion - on an emotional level I find this to be not acceptable due to the closeness of primates to us (I don't have this problem with a lion though!). On purely un-fluffy grounds, it is undesirable due to the higher probability of transferring diseases across species.
Puts me in mind of something seen on a can of fish:
TASTY DOLPHIN FRIENDLY TUNA
Vaguely reminiscent of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon?