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Guinea pigs are they pets or food?

We all eat different food and we all have different cultures. Here in the united stated these animals are considered pets or are they? Guinea pigs are becoming more popular in America but cooked on plated rather than pets in a cage. Where did this all start? This kind of food is considered a delicacy in places like Peru, Colombia, and Ecuador. They don't think twice about eating this animal and American farmers are considering starting to breed this animals. They do not require a ton of land like cattle and they eat half as much food per body weight than a cow. This dish is starting to pop up in places like Los Angeles, and San Francisco and they are not cheap starting at $17 dollars a plate. This dish that is native to South America is just as expensive as lobster. What do you guys think would you eat this animal?

Below i have a video on how to prepare this dish. (Beware its not for young children)




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idealmike

Ohh well yeah that's just different countries for you. What to them seems normal other countries can't stand or understand. There are tribes and races all around the world that eat strange and unusual animals of all kind just as part of their staple diet that countries in westernized parts of the world wouldn't be able to stomach on any given day! I mean some countries eat dogs but over here that would seem barbaric to eat a dog. But it's just an animal like any other like a rabbit or a duck or a chicken or anything at the end of the day isn't it.

To be honest, I think the way that he killed the guinea pig in this video was a bit of a gruesome and inhumane way to kill it. The way he killed it is the way you would kill a rabbit (or some other similar rodent) if you was a soldier in the army. To break its neck like that. But in fact, it's much more humane to just cut their head off quickly if you have the right blade for it like a cleaver or something and killing an animal in that way is only a last, last resort if you don't happen to have those tools available to you say, in the jungle or the forest or something. It's obviously very painful and distressing for the animal. You could see it wriggling, although that's just nerves, but snapping its neck like that doesn't kill it straight away and it will still be able to feel an agonizing amount of pain for up to a few minutes unless you cut the head off in which case it would die much quicker and hardly feel anything at all things would just go dark for it and the lights would go out.

Considering they was in restaurant, and had a kitchen to cook it in, it's fair to say they had a knife or cleaver or something they could have used to just cut its head off with quickly. As bad as it sounds to say that, I just think it would have been a lot more humane. Seriously keys, that seems like some 3rd world way to kill an animal in that way and I just feel an animal should only be killed in that way as a matter of life and death for you. When there is nothing else to eat and no other way to kill it with. That's what you'd do if you was stranded in the outback. The kind of thing that Bear Grylls would show you how to do. Otherwise the easiest and quickest and most humane way to kill an animal of that size is to just cut its head off. I mean, I'm not usually that squeamish. And I'm probably being so saying this and being like someone that can't accept that it's just a way of life for some people. I mean, I'm from the UK and we don't see any of that, we just go to the shop or the supermarket and buy it all pre-packaged for us and we're used to that not seeing this kind of thing. But it's like they are just showing off and haven't learned that all life is sacred and should be respected and an animal of that size should only be killed or slaughtered in a quick and humane way other than doing it that way which is just how the stone age men used to do it and no country is living in the stone age times still that they haven't learned how to properly kill animals for consumption purposes.

Maybe I'm just being pedantic, I'm just thinking, that poor bugger lol my next door neighbor growing up used to have a couple guinea pigs and we used to play with them. They're cute furry little things but they're basically just rodents like rabbits, or rats and mice but bigger.

I've never tasted one, I don't think that I would like to either. Not if it was killed, prepared and cooked like that anyway!

But I might try it still if otherwise lol




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MusicMoguls

Hey i think they would taste good this guy prepared it well. They cannot cut off the head because it is served full body like when you buy a full pig. So many people are now eating these pigs im considering farming them and selling them to the highest bidder. Below i have a picture showing how they are cooked check it out!

Guinea pigs are they pets or food?

They look yummy don't they? Maybe shredded meat would be the best way to serve them for people who don't like the idea of eating what was once considered a pet here in the USA. I agree with you though they should have killed it faster that is the main beef i have with these alley way butchers. Farms kill the animal quick to avoid the suffering they have to go thru. Some people just don't care and this type of method does not bother them.




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augusta

In my family we don't eat anything pigs, so guinea pigs can't be food in our house.I know they're mostly used for experiment to find out things and all of that.




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ermini2

uhh, this is very different and to me pretty weird. whatever floats your boat, i guess. LOL

i find it so crazy that its priced just like lobster, i would never eat this dish!!




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MusicMoguls

Hey never say never! These things could taste awesome! I am open minded to try this one day but i want to go to where it all began. South America is the where it all began and im sure they cook it better. I would love to dine with the locals ad the people who think that this animal is a delicacy. I wait for the day im able to travel and eat all different kinds of food from different cultures.




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Cristian

I find them cute and funny, I'm even willing to buy one as a pet! But eating them, I don't know, I'm very open to trying strange food but the way the look cooked, I don't know, they look like rats and I bet the taste pretty much the same too.




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Happyflowerlady

I don't think that raising guinea pigs for food would ever go over here in the United States. For many years, we have looked at a Guinea pig as a pet, no never as something to eat.
Even if people were willing to eat them, I do not think that it would be cost effective to raise them commercially. A guinea pig is much smaller than a rabbit, and they do not have litters of babies like rabbits do; they only have 2-3 babies at a time, and would still have to be raised at least as long as a rabbit does.
Most of the time, we do not even see rabbit meat in the supermarket, at least anyplace that I have lived, has not had rabbit.
Since guinea pig would be very expensive to eat as well, I just can't see it as having a market. Some high-class restaurants might serve it as a curiosity food; but I do not think that it would become popular.
If a roast guinea pig and a juicy steak are being sold for the same price, most people are going to choose the steak.




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Authord

I think they make great pets, because Guinea pigs require very little maintenance. They need fresh water, timothy hay, dry pellets, and veggies.
Their cage needs to be cleaned about once every 1-2 weeks and is very easy to clean. An even easier option would be to have a c&c cage (a cage made from grids and coroplast) with fleece as bedding. Using fleece as bedding is a very easy option that is meant for guinea pigs specifically (kind of like linoleum for rabbits).




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rona14

I don't see guinea pig as food but rather I love to see them as someone's pet.
That's my opinion.




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Heatman6190

I think they are both used as pets and still as food, it's totally depending on the part of the world and how they see it. Mostly in western states, guinea pigs are used as pets. They are good lovely looking creatures that the very thought of hurting seems to be an inhuman act. I think America and Britain enjoy keeping guinea pigs as pets but not a Chinese or African man.

Personally, I think the Chinese people are eager to eat anything that comes their way and guinea pigs are no exception; when frogs are being devoured by them, what do you think would be the fate of a guinea pig? It's going to be a complete massacre for any guinea pig found in such region or part of the world.

Also, African part of the world do tend to see guinea pigs as more of a meal than pet. Practically they consider it as a bush animal and all bush animals in African region are hunted and killed for food. Although I have seen some families rearing guinea pigs as pet, I do see such as a western influence on such family and not the culture of the land.




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Judas2018

Pets, PETS! I could never eat one, even in a dire scenario of viral outbreak, plague or famine. In that case (or a zombie apocalypse where food was scarce)... I'd resort to deer or rabbit meat (grudgingly) before I'd ever eat a guinea pig. If other countries see them as food then that's their business. But I don't agree with it personally.




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wallet

After I have seen this video and I must be honest and say that I could not watch it until the end of it, I don't think I can eat anything today. The guinea pig is just a small lovely pet, not food. I know some people eat different things, but I can't imagine how someone could eat such a lovely animal!




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Juliemonkey

I had a pet guinea pig once but he died. I'm open to other cuisine but I don't think I'll try to eat a guinea pig. I just want them as pets.




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overcast

I think they are being kept as pets. Also they are being used for the lab testing. Considering their growth and also the amount of efforts being taken for the sales. I don't think the guinea pigs are being used for the food anymore. They are either pets or they are more likely to be the test experiment. That seems to be the case from my region. I am not sure in other countries they could be used as a food. And that's something to be considered as well.




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Rumu

Let's not get sentimental here, pigs are good meat and meant to be eating be it guinea or not and they aren't a good choice of pets. What more can be weirder than keeping a guinea pig as a pet?

Just like your post said, in my country guinea pigs are constantly eating by a majority and they ain't even as expensive as it is in the US. We call them bush meat and can be bought by the road side from hunters who catch and sell them on a daily basis. Plus guinea pig taste way better than it's most preferred relative, common pigs. Yes, i've eating it multiple times and looking forward the next time it gets served on my plate. You should try it too. It's one in a million type of meat.




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Destiny00

I used to have a guinea pig as a pet, so I didn’t watch the video (thanks for the warning) and would probably never eat one. My friend keeps chickens and then eats them, though. I guess that’s basically the same thing?




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