July 19, 2007

When Visiting The Zoo, Stop And Try Their Deli

The zoo at Erfurt, Germany really loves animals. Apparently they love them so much that they just have to share them with people -- as stew, fricasee, sishkebab, and steaks. German authorities discovered a clandestine slaughterhouse that sold meat ranging from venison to guinea pigs:

Lots of people like looking at animals in zoos. Lots of people also like eating meat. However the thought of the two things together tends to turn most people's stomachs.

But not all apparently. Employees at the Erfurt zoo, it was revealed Wednesday, have for years been killing animals and selling their meat for zoo stew. Germany is outraged. ...

The animals killed were all "slaughterable" animals such as goats, sheep, pigs and deer, said Erfurt city hall spokeswoman Inga Hettstedt, and the meat was not sold to restaurants. However the mass circulation newspaper Bild reported Thursday that ducks, quails and even guinea pigs were also involved. The zoo, which is owned by the city of Erfurt, has over 1,400 animals belonging to around 190 species.

Well, they did have that many. The Sweeny Todd operation undoubtably reduced the inventory somewhat.


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Comments (14)

Posted by Lew | July 19, 2007 9:14 AM

Now really, ya'gotta give those folks credit for that good ol' entrepreneurial spirit there in Erfurt. One doesn't quite expect public employees to exhibit such instincts every day so, hats off to them!

They just forgot one little teeny detail; TELL ME WHAT THE HELL'S IN IT BEFORE I EAT IT!!!!! I like going to new and interesting restaurants and trying new and different cuisines, but I expect to be told in advance that what I'm eating is deep fried bull's testicles or raw oysters or chocolate covered ants or whatever.

Beware of the entrepreneurial socialist. They assume that business is inherently dishonest and exploitative, and once they decide to jump into the pool they hold their noses and go straight to the deep end. They think that's the way everybody else does it.

Posted by John | July 19, 2007 9:43 AM

Does Al Gore work there?

Posted by Anna Puna | July 19, 2007 9:48 AM

Well, talk about a new definition of 'mystery meat.'

Posted by SkyWatch | July 19, 2007 9:58 AM

I guess I am missing what the problem is.

"animals such as goats, sheep, pigs and deer, "

That all sounds good to me.

Posted by DaToad | July 19, 2007 10:44 AM

I got a good chuckle out of this one.

..."even guinea pigs were also involved."

Rodent Rouladen anyone?

Posted by Vivictius | July 19, 2007 11:28 AM

I've never had the chance to try one but I've been told Guinea Pigs are a fairly common dish in some places (South America IIRC).

Posted by viking01 | July 19, 2007 11:59 AM

Zoo. It's what's for dinner.

Posted by Only_One_Cannoli | July 19, 2007 12:36 PM

zoo stew mmmmm, I think i had some of that at a filipino restaurant. Only they called it menudo. Actually i was enjoying it until i saw a bristle-ey black rodent hair.

Posted by Peggy Snow Cahill | July 19, 2007 3:15 PM

Skywatch, there really isn't a problem, those types of animals are perfectly fine to eat. But, if the zoo patrons, particularly children, knew that they were eating the goat they petted last month, they would be grossed out. Silly, really. It sounds like a much bigger deal than it is.

Posted by rbj | July 19, 2007 3:35 PM

I must recommend the Spotted Owl, tastes a lot like Bald Eagle.

Posted by Ray | July 19, 2007 7:20 PM

Things that make you go HMM...

I was stationed in Germany back in the mid-eighties and I was always suspicious of the meat that was in army stew. I wonder if our mess hall was supplied by the same slaughterhouse? Inquiring minds want to know...

Posted by Ray | July 19, 2007 7:38 PM

"I must recommend the Spotted Owl, tastes a lot like Bald Eagle."

Although the giant Panda Burgers are good, as is the Polar Bear fillets served over melting ice, I prefer the Harp Seal Baby Back Ribs.

Posted by SkyWatch | July 19, 2007 8:41 PM

Do people really think that the mac-burger they eat for lunch is grown by a farmer who walks in his field and pokes a seed in the ground? When the plant grows little patties (and chunks of meat) pop out of it and the farmer walks along and picks them and ships them off for you to eat.

Nah, of course you don't. It is gross but someone has to kill the critters before you eat them. Well, that is not true. You can eat stuff before you kill it but most things do not like being eaten so the old hoofs start kicking. Believe me, it saves a lot of hasle if you go ahead and kill the thing before you eat it.

Posted by viking01 | July 19, 2007 9:05 PM

Rodent. The other white meat.