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Illegal Rat Meat And Other Bushmeat Sold In 'Shocking Quantities' In London Market, BBC Reports

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"Shocking quantities" of "potentially unsafe" rat meat are being sold illegally in London marketplaces, BBC reports. The news organization discovered that Ridley vendors were not only selling "smokies"...

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. (0)
Tuesday September 18, 2012, 11:48 am
How is these being passed off in London markets? Is rat being advertised in the market place?This is outrageous.

Suzanne L (99)
Tuesday September 18, 2012, 12:14 pm
Countries need to be more vigilant about bush meat. How are such huge quantities being smuggled in? Vendors should lose their licenses if found with such meat.

Vicky P (476)
Tuesday September 18, 2012, 1:43 pm
wow :/ If they did find this out, I agree with Suz that they should be shut down if they had knowledge of what the meat was

Süheyla C (234)
Tuesday September 18, 2012, 2:09 pm

Lydia S (155)
Tuesday September 18, 2012, 2:40 pm
Big big ew !

Carol H (229)
Tuesday September 18, 2012, 4:58 pm
hard to imagine!!!!

paula eaton (30)
Tuesday September 18, 2012, 7:56 pm
Disgusting. If you go vegan/vegetarian there is nothing to worry about. Yuck!!!

Kim O (396)
Tuesday September 18, 2012, 8:03 pm
Ditto to Lydia!! BARF!!! Can't put into words how furious I'd be if any of this got passed off on me. I hope they get shut down! Thanks Carrie!

Azaima A (207)
Tuesday September 18, 2012, 8:10 pm

Past Member (0)
Tuesday September 18, 2012, 10:43 pm
There are so many, many reasons people should stop eating meat. But who would have thought this would be one of them! Go vegetarian, save your health and save the planet.

Frans Badenhorst (582)
Wednesday September 19, 2012, 5:34 am

Gudrun D (447)
Wednesday September 19, 2012, 8:22 am
All for the almighty dollar...thanks Carrie.

M B (62)
Wednesday September 19, 2012, 12:21 pm
this is outrageous, is there no controle ?? I haven't forgotten the mad cow disease, and now this !

Kathleen R (138)
Wednesday September 19, 2012, 2:46 pm
read & noted

Wednesday September 19, 2012, 3:01 pm
Well, is the filthy chicken, our confined mistreated cow any better? This should be a warning to those that eating meat from any source is detrmental to your health. Go veggie.

Christine Stewart (134)
Wednesday September 19, 2012, 3:08 pm
At least "grasscutters" can be raised in captivity for meat as a source of income for impoverished people in developing countries- far better than actual "bushmeat" which can include endangered species. A grasscutter may be related to rats but it's more like eating a rabbit than a sewer rat (I'm a vegetarian, so I'm not eating grasscutters, rabbits, or any other animals- but I would rather people raise grasscutters than hunt endangered primates...)

. (0)
Wednesday September 19, 2012, 5:29 pm
You would be surprised the amount of bush meat that does get smuggled in.

janet f (29)
Wednesday September 19, 2012, 6:07 pm
As far as I'm concerned, anyone who eats bush meat deserves to get ebola or some other deadly disease.

Gloria H (88)
Wednesday September 19, 2012, 6:57 pm
Maybe they want to become immune to the Black Death? I think possums are related to rats (at least their tails look like it) wouldn't want to eat that either, but people do.
I think a tire sauted in BP oil would be more appetizing.

Jenny Dooley (830)
Wednesday September 19, 2012, 7:14 pm
Thanks for this article Carrie.
I'm with Terrance... Go veggie!

Sue Matheson (79)
Wednesday September 19, 2012, 7:21 pm

Patricia N (9)
Wednesday September 19, 2012, 11:21 pm
I thought Africans were eating bushmeat more because they need it for food. Why would they be importing it?? I worry about eating the odd bit of chicken or beef on non-veggie guess I don't have to be tempted to eat any strange meat.

Gina M (0)
Thursday September 20, 2012, 3:31 am
Any one who buys this crap, deserves all the diseases one can imagine!!!

Ruth C (87)
Thursday September 20, 2012, 5:24 am
Go Vegan its the best for all!

Thursday September 20, 2012, 9:43 am
Might be poetic justice that the same animals we hook by the nose, budgeon, wring their necks, and then boil in hot water or an oven eventually end up killing us with excruciating cancer, diabetes, heart disease,and other debilitating disease?

It's one thing to eat animals as a last resort when you straving to death. It's another thing to build up an entire industry on the confinement, slaughter, and eventual killing of these animals.

Klaus Peters (14)
Thursday September 20, 2012, 9:54 am
I thought English food was bland and tasteless, what a twist.

Michela M (3964)
Friday September 21, 2012, 2:39 pm
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