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June 23, 2005

Muskrat is low-carb

Zookeepers find muskrats delectable
Mon Jun 20, 2005 12:32 PM ET

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Danish zookeepers slaughtered animals in their care, including more than 50 muskrats, and served the meat to unsuspecting friends and family until zoos changed their rules, newspaper Ekstra Bladet reported Friday.

"A single muskrat serves up to four people. You just have to avoid saying what it is before your family has eaten it because it sounds disgusting," elephant keeper Peter Jensen was quoted as saying.

Nobody at Copenhagen Zoo, home to 3,300 animals and 264 species, was available for comment.

The zookeepers also feasted on antelope and gaur, the newspaper said.

"It's always a success when you can serve you friends something special," zookeeper Nikolai Rhod said, adding he had also eaten rabbits, pigs and chicken from the petting zoo.

Zookeepers in Denmark used to slaughter animals for meat until a zoo crackdown last year under which anyone caught doing so would face disciplinary action. Such practices did not break Danish law.

Low Carb Cooking: Muskrat Soup.
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There is a long tradition in Michigan where muskrat (locally called 'mushrat') somehow got declared to be a fish, and therefore was permissible for Catholics to eat during Lent and on fast days. I'm pretty sure that even now some churches have mushrat dinners.

I believe this ruling was reversed in the 1980's, but a Michigan bishop said something along the lines that eating mushrat in itself counted as penance, so still was OK :-)

There is a long tradition in Michigan where muskrat (locally called 'mushrat') somehow got declared to be a fish, and therefore was permissible for Catholics to eat during Lent and on fast days. I'm pretty sure that even now some churches have mushrat dinners.

I believe this ruling was reversed in the 1980's, but a Michigan bishop said something along the lines that eating mushrat in itself counted as penance, so still was OK :-)

Religion even wants to controll what you eat. How perverse is religion?

Mmmmmmm... rodent! Wonder if they have any road kill on the menu?

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