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Eating Live Animals, a 2012 Career Choice

Eating Live Animals, a 2012 Career Choice

Eating bizarre/disgusting foods has become an, ahem, staple of reality TV. From ‘I’m a Celebrity, Get me Out of Here’ to the survivalist pin-up Bear Grylls.

One man is using the route to stardom utilized by Justin Bieber — he’s seeking his fortune by posting videos of himself, by eating live animals on Youtube.

One Londoner is out-jackassing ‘Jackass’. Louis Cole has thus far filmed himself eating, among other things, 21 live locusts, a raw bull’s heart, a turkey leg crawling with maggots, a rotting dead frog, a “mouseshake” (10 dead mice blitzed in a blender), a live lizard, a live tarantula, live crayfish, live scorpion and, “my [live] pet goldfish.”

The lizard spasms as it pokes out of his mouth, the crayfish pierces his tongue. He also eats foot-long ragworms. These bite back also but they force him to gag.

His Youtube channel now has over one million views. He’s making a living from eating live animals.

The Guardian interviewed the former community worker. He’s done good work in Zambia, but once local authorities in London learned of his videos, they ‘disassociated’ themselves from him. He says it all started with dares from his friends.

He says it’s not cruel because he kills the animals “instantly.” Coles points out that the reaction he’s seen to his videos is very cultural, with people from the Phillippines or South Africa having very different reactions to those from western countries.

The Guardian comments about the possible challenge which Coles poses that:

It seems objectively less cruel to kill a scorpion instantly than to rear chickens in battery cages or pigs in the most miserable pork farms.

Coles has attracted a lot of potentially lucrative negative publicity, with one animal charity calling him “cruel” and PETA likening him to a mass murderer.

Surprisingly, he has a line he won’t cross, saying he wouldn’t eat a mammal.

His philosophy? “Obviously we need to treat animals ethically. But a much bigger problem is addressing human problems around the world like extreme poverty or the conditions that people are living in.”


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4:34PM PST on Dec 17, 2012

i am not sure of where I stand ethically on this

4:50AM PST on Dec 17, 2012

Kimberlee - It's utterly ignorant humans like you who will be the end of everything on our planet. You & your ilk are so arrogant in your belief that we're the only things that matter which is why the world's like it is. You honestly believe that a man who needs money is justified in earing it however he wants regardless of what he hurts in the process? And sorry but the economy may not be growing but please do not allow yourself to be brainwashed into believing we are that poor. He's got a computer with internet access for god's sake! How poor can he be? The phrase let them eat cake leaps to mind! Also, where do you draw the line? If one is poor enough is it OK to eat babies? Oh no that's our own precious species which has so much more value than anything else! That would be cruel. Silly me!

11:36AM PDT on May 12, 2012

This guy is a pig!! ) :

2:52AM PDT on May 7, 2012

Cruel and unnecessary

2:39AM PDT on May 7, 2012

horrible but thanks for sharing

8:09PM PDT on Apr 29, 2012

What a disgusting idiot.

6:09PM PDT on Apr 29, 2012

I'm sorry, but isn't a mouse a mammal?

12:39PM PDT on Apr 29, 2012

Whaaaaaat? What's that about treating animals ethical yet eating them raw...and "a line he won't cross"? I think he's already crossed it! Geez...that's so sick! I don't think I'd be able to stomach watching his Youtube videos. I'd be more grossed out than anything...I can't eat regular cooked meat without thinking about the animal that I'm eating let alone the raw thing!

6:11AM PDT on Apr 27, 2012

What a sicko!

4:21PM PDT on Apr 26, 2012

this guy's a cunt and hope he dies slowly and painfully from his 'stunts'.

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