The internet found itself in a tizzy today over China eating the animals at the zoo in Beijing:
[T]he zoo’s restaurant serves things like the webbed toes of hippopotamus, dishes made with crocodiles, scorpions, kangaroo tail, deer penis, ant soup, shark fin soup, peacock, etc. Until recently, signs on the animals’ cages even contained information about which parts were tastiest and which parts could be used to make traditional medicine (aka placebos, for the most part).
Here in America, we call these “petting zoos”, where children can interact with chickens and cows and other farm animals, before eating them later at the snack bar.
Of course, we’ll take any omnivorous outrage over eating animals we can get. We’re just pointing out the obvious: eating the animals at the zoo is incredibly creepy no matter which culture is doing it.
∞ posted at 16:21 by stevesimitzis
The zebras at this zoo on the Gaza Strip are actually painted donkeys. Hey, getting real zebras in wartime is hard, and the show must go on, right? P.T. Barnum would surely be proud.
Via LA Times and Slate.
∞ posted at 14:36 by mumblingmynah