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Italian Chef Gets The Boot Over Eating Puss

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An Italian television chef was suspended after he raved about how wonderfully tasty cat meat is, causing an outcry from thousands of animal lovers.
Beppe Bigazzi, 77, is a co-presenter on Italy's The Cook's Challenge TV program, a popular lunchtime show. During the show Bigazzi spoke of his enjoyment of eating cat meat, of how it is ''tastier than other animals'', and he told how to prepare ''tender, white cat meat.'' He went on to say, ''I can assure you it's a delicacy, now I am going to get lots of letters.''
Not only did he get "lots of letters", there were lots of angry phone calls to the television station's headquarters in Rome as well as complaints on websites.
Italy's health under-secretary and vocal animal rights activist Francesca Martini slammed Mr Bigazzi's comments as ''offensive to the growing number of people who care about the way we treat animals".
She added that it was ''shameful'' for a state television employee to recommend a notion as ''despicable'' as eating cats on national TV and that killing and cooking cats was illegal under a 1991 law and punishable by up to 18 months in jail.
Bigazzi has been suspended for his remarks and an investigation has been launched into possible criminal offences.
Bigazzi has been with the cooking show for over ten years. He said, ''I was just trying to explain a saying from where I come from [Tuscany] about the eating of cats. In the 30s and 40s they were very popular.''
He also explained, ''It's all a big mix-up. Once they see the video they will see that there is nothing untoward, it's just a misunderstanding and I don't really want to say anything else.''

32 comments :

#21Feb 17, 2010 Samantha A. Torrence
We have a chinese restaurant in Ohio called Asian Chow.
We called it Asian Meow....
that's all... =)
#22Feb 17, 2010 Cynthia Trowbridge
@Samantha A. Torrence
We have a chinese restaurant in Ohio called Asian Chow.
We called it Asian Meow....
that's all... =)
many years ago there was a Chinese restaurant in Traverse City MI that was shut down due to using cat for some of its meat.
#23Feb 17, 2010 Debra Myers
@Cynthia Trowbridge
many years ago there was a Chinese restaurant in Traverse City MI that was shut down due to using cat for some of its meat.
Same thing happened here too, Cynthia. The restaurant served Cantonese foods and they got fined and still operate.
I'm not complaining about this fellow...he just picked bad timing to talk about such a subject. To each his/her own, you know? I just prefer not to eat things like cat, rat or dog, and absolutely nothing that is considered wild game.
#24Feb 17, 2010 Cynthia Trowbridge
@Debra Myers
Same thing happened here too, Cynthia. The restaurant served Cantonese foods and they got fined and still operate.
I'm not complaining about this fellow...he just picked bad timing to talk about such a subject. To each his/her own, you know? I just prefer not to eat things like cat, rat or dog, and absolutely nothing that is considered wild game.
I don't know if the one in TC reopened or not.
A friend of Laura's who lives in TC used to eat there and it made her sick when she heard about it.
#25Feb 17, 2010 Debra Myers
@Cynthia Trowbridge
I don't know if the one in TC reopened or not.
A friend of Laura's who lives in TC used to eat there and it made her sick when she heard about it.
I bet. I know that even though I'd never eaten anything from there, it sure makes you go "yuck" hearing about it.
 #26Feb 17, 2010 2Strident
I try not to eat anything I've named, or anything with a name, for that matter. Fifi, Fido and Flicka - not food.
#27Feb 17, 2010 Debra Myers
@2Strident
I try not to eat anything I've named, or anything with a name, for that matter. Fifi, Fido and Flicka - not food.
LOLOL! That is a good rule to follow!
#28Feb 21, 2010 Alethea Borgman
Hi Cynthia, Deb, Sam and Laura, haven't been on DJ for a while but heres a thought...
No big words to say just 'hi' and hope you guys are fine; I thought I'd never eaten cat,,although, when I was younger I really enjoyed chicken fried rice from a take-away near to where we lived, hasten to add, yes, they were accused of serving cat as opposed to chicken; personally I loved the 'shredded' chicke but now know that there isn't any way that your chicken can be so stringy... just a thought... xxxxxx
#29Feb 21, 2010 Cynthia Trowbridge
@Alethea Borgman
Hi Cynthia, Deb, Sam and Laura, haven't been on DJ for a while but heres a thought...
No big words to say just 'hi' and hope you guys are fine; I thought I'd never eaten cat,,although, when I was younger I really enjoyed chicken fried rice from a take-away near to where we lived, hasten to add, yes, they were accused of serving cat as opposed to chicken; personally I loved the 'shredded' chicke but now know that there isn't any way that your chicken can be so stringy... just a thought... xxxxxx
I hope that you are doing well and you are missed!!!! ((hugs))
#30Feb 21, 2010 Debra Myers
@Alethea Borgman
Hi Cynthia, Deb, Sam and Laura, haven't been on DJ for a while but heres a thought...
No big words to say just 'hi' and hope you guys are fine; I thought I'd never eaten cat,,although, when I was younger I really enjoyed chicken fried rice from a take-away near to where we lived, hasten to add, yes, they were accused of serving cat as opposed to chicken; personally I loved the 'shredded' chicke but now know that there isn't any way that your chicken can be so stringy... just a thought... xxxxxx
I too hope that all is well! Miss you...come back to us soon?
#31Feb 27, 2010 Aditi Chengappa
Good Lord! i'm a cat-lover!
#32Feb 28, 2010 skeptikool
@Aditi Chengappa
Good Lord! i'm a cat-lover!
And so, clearly, was the chef.

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