We think we’ve got it bad?
I just read a report in the Mail & Guardian that South Africans are eating ‘beef’ which is really goat, donkey and water buffalo.
Professor Louw Hoffman makes an excellent point:
There’s nothing wrong with eating donkey meat if you like eating donkey meat. It’s not more or less unhealthy than any other species. It boils down to the fact that you want to know what you’re eating.
Although, to be honest, if I’m eating donkey, I don’t think I do want to know what I’m eating.
I found this comment surprising:
The department of agriculture, forestry and fisheries has pointed out that eating unconventional species such as donkey, goat and water buffalo may seem unthinkable to many South Africans but it does not pose an automatic health risk.
What surprised me is that eating unconventional species is ‘unthinkable to many South Africans.’ This in a country which has a wonderful restaurant called The Train (in Midrand), where I have eaten elephant, shark, crocodile, giraffe and warthog. They also serve water buffalo; but they don’t call it ‘beef’. They call it ‘water buffalo’.
If you are ever in Midrand, you should visit The Train. It’s less than R40 a head. That’s about £3! Or $4.50.