Beppe Bigazzi, a popular TV Chef in Italy, was recently suspended from the cooking show La Prova del Cuoco (the Cook’s Challenge) after telling viewers how they could best cook a cat.
He told viewers to prepare cat meat by soaking it in a stream for three days to tenderize it and then cook it in a stew.
“I can assure you, it’s a delicacy – now I am going to get lots of letters,” he said.
Yes, he did. And phone calls too. So many people were outraged that the 76-year-old Bigazzi was suspended from the show. “I was just trying to explain a saying from where I come from about the eating of cats,” he added. “In the 1930s and 1940s, they were very popular.” In Italy, killing and cooking cats is illegal under a 1991 law and punishable by up to 18 months in jail.
Call me a horrible person, but how is this any different from suggesting the best way to cook a cow, turkey, pig, or any other creature? Are they not as intelligent as cats or capable of emotion? Like most things, it shows how emotionally tied we are to one species but completely blind to the plights of others. How many of those “outraged activists” you think went home and ate a hamburger that night?