Friday, June 11, 2010

Re:visiting Peru | Kanguro Saltado

Say wut?
Via Portage_tide_new

That's a weird title for a post, but it's a weird thing I'm about to share: the Peruvian government has recently approved the importation of kangaroo meat raised for human consumption from Australia.

The thought of Peruvians eating kangaroos doesn't actually faze me. Peruvians roast little guinea pigs very often and very well. One could say they specialize in "exotic" meats.

I do find it odd that Australians kill off their own national symbol. Shouldn't there be laws against that? We don't BBQ bald eagles here because, well, they're the majestic symbol of the United States of America, and because we would get in Big Trouble.

I guess there aren't laws like that down under:
"Despite being Australia's national symbol, millions of kangaroos are slaughtered in the wild each year to control their numbers and much of that meat is used for pet food.

The idea of farming them for human consumption is controversial, but many health-conscious Australians already eat kangaroo meat."

(Read the AFP article here.)

Australians, in what I hear is typical Aussie fashion, couldn't care less about what anyone thinks of them. But why?

I guess kangaroos seem to be Australia's version of annoying deer. They destroy gardens and prized crops and leap in front of cars instead of away from them. Deer don't participate in hilarious, one-sided boxing matches, though, or carry cute joeys in nifty pouches, or save farmers' lives. Clearly, the kangaroo pros outweigh the cons, and kangaroos prove to be way cooler than pesky deer.

I propose we institute a kangaroo/deer exchange: bring the kangaroos to the States and let Australia have our deer. We can incorporate kangaroos into American life humanely: a kangaroo in every classroom, kangaroo walking backpacks, kangaroo living baby carriages, attack kangaroos, kangaroo drinking buddies, and so on.

Who's with me?


  1. I am totally with you. I would love a kangaroo drinking/attack buddy! woooooo!

  2. It's not out of the realm of possibility to start a kangaroo farm in Homestead. We could even have a restaurant/bar connected to it.

    We'd grow our own produce for the menu, and feature Australian-type drinks for "Hoppy Hour"! (Get it? Yes. I'm awesome.)