Monday, January 19, 2009

In The News: Giraffe Steaks And Abortion Doughnuts

Some food news of the weird to share with you now.

The first item, out of the Daily Mail in Britain, concerns TV chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's admission that he enjoys a tasty bite of giraffe once in awhile. Fearnley-Whittingstall, whose penchant for eating wild animals from crocodile to wild bat has earned him the nickname 'Hugh Fearlessly-Eatsitall,' has said he'd never eat an endangered species and insists the giraffe meat he consumed was served by local conservationists. But the River Cottage chef has still enraged animal welfare groups who call his actions "totally irresponsible."

As an omnivore, and one who eats lamb and veal, I suppose I'd be a hypocrite to chastise Chef Hugh. Still, I admit my first reaction to this story was to grimace in disgust. Especially when I read his recipe for giraffe steaks which at one point recommends mixing the "giraffe juices" with tomatoes and wine. Shudder.

Meanwhile, in the U.S., Krispy Kreme is celebrating Inauguration Day on Tuesday by giving out free doughnuts. A warm fuzzy story, right? Wrong, if you ask the American Life League, a pro-life group. The organization is upset about Krispy Kreme's press release promoting the free doughnut day because it apparently uses the word "choice" a bit too liberally.

Abortion doughnuts for all!

The article is published in the Miami New Times and some of the comments are priceless - notably one clever poster who remarks, "Life begins at confection y'all!"

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