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  • Lou

    When I was traveling through Italy, my group stopped at a B&B that not only served horsemeat as one of their main staples. Though I'm usually pretty adventurous when it comes to food, I couldn't bring myself to try it, 2nd man's best friend and all. As bad as eating a dog or cat. : (

  • Reminds me of a quote by Rodney Dangerfield from Caddyshack, “I’ve had better food at the ballgame, you know? This steak still has marks from where the jockey was hitting it.”

  • In Iceland they eat Puffin…the adorable little pink nose Penguin looking things which we have banned being eaten in Canada…but than again, Canadians are still clubbing baby seals…stupid Newfys…

  • M Carson

    With all due respect, pasteurization and homogenization of raw milk is for two separate purposes. Pasteurization is to kill harmful bacteria. Homogenization is purely for the benefit of the producers: The process of making homogenized milk, which gained the most popularity in the 1950s, has resulted in longer lasting milk, and the ability to ship milk greater distances.

    During homogenization there is a tremendous increase in surface area on the fat globules. The original fat globule membrane is lost and a new one is formed that incorporates a much greater portion of casein and whey proteins. This may account for the increased allergenicity of modern processed milk.

    • Thanks for explaining that – I think I'll just remove the reference to homogenization in the raw milk section to make it more accurate.

  • CreamKr

    I eat horsemeat everyday, as well as reindeer.. They are the main ingredients in Meetwursti, a sausage very much like salami and eaten daily here in Finland. Personally i like only about 20-40% of horse/reindeer in Meetwursti as the taste are very strong.

  • When I visited Paris years ago I remember seeing stores that sold only horsemeat. I wonder if they’re still around? Also, I never knew that sassafras was carcinogenic. I used to go in the woods behind my house as a boy and dig up sassafras roots just to sniff their sweet smell. Sassafras used to be an ingredient in root beer, along with sarsaparilla.

  • ceej

    Actually, the horse slaughterhouses in America have been closed down, due to pressure from animal rights groups. This has resulted in horses being shipped to Canada or, more often, Mexico, for slaughter. There are groups, however, that are working to get the borders closed to horses being shipped for such purposes. (On a side note, the banning of slaughterhouses in the US has caused an influx of horses on the market, dropping the price of the average horse dramatically. There are many that simply drop their horses off in Indian reserves, wildlife sanctuaries, or simply the middle of nowhere, because they cannot sell their horse and cannot afford to get it euthanized by a vet).

    In most of Canada, it is true that horse meat is considered taboo; however, there is actually quite a market for it in Quebec. Additionally, the majority of horses raised or bought for meat in Canada are often shipped overseas to Asian countries, where they are fattened further and then slaughtered. Horse meat is quite common throughout both Asia and Europe. Slaughterhouses throughout Canada are slowly starting to close as well.

    • I live in Quebec, and you can find horse meat at almost every butchery / meat shops.

      Especially on the south shore of Montreal near Chambly / Bedford. Look for local restaurants to offer the meal ("tables champètres").

      And people, we kill to live, stop thinking about feelings. Even plants die, and they might have feelings that we can't sense. I don't care, I love to eat! Sorry if I offended some. Delicate subject.

      … Where's my Unicorn steak?

  • Jennifer

    I here Absinthe is making a comeback. Several people have told me to try it.

    • Allen

      Authentic Absinthe is currently produced by several companies including Jade Liquors in France and is available in the US.

      Sassafras is readily obtainable and is a common ingredient in many Cajun and Creole dishes. The contained compound safrole is hydrogenated to make dihydrosafrole used for flavoring root beer and is the starting material for MDMA ("extacy"), not heroin.

      Redfish are available in restaurants through-out the Gulf Coast, but are not fished commercially.

      • Aimee

        I agree about the sassafrass. It is the main ingredient in file', a common spice added to gumbo. I have a bottle of it at home, which I bought in the last year, so as far as I know it isn't banned…

  • Matt

    Apparently, the author learned almost everything he knows about absinthe from Eurotrip, and maybe from talking to "this friend of his who knows about this kind of stuff." Thujone can cause hallucinations. But you have to take in a LOT of thujone. Taking that much also causes fever, dementia, and death. However, absinthe actually has very little thujone. You'd die of alcohol poisoning long before any of that kicked in. Some people claim that being drunk off absinthe has a more "euphoric" quality than other drinks, though this is unverified and probably more the placebo effect than anything else.

    Also, there are plenty of other alcoholic beverages, such as ouzo, that contain more thujone than absinthe, which are, and always have been, legal.

    • Matt

      Also, absinthe is still made in the traditional way. People have found old bottles of the stuff, and replicated it. Also, people in Switzerland have been doing it illegally since it was banned.

  • ZertWa¥2

    I used to live about a mile, down a dirt road, from a Horse Stables, that Rented out their horses. Every other Friday night, they also had a auction of home goods And horses… When the sale was over, the Owner of the Stables, would Most of the time, buy off the Left over horses/ponies and Most of THEM where in Poor shape. It would average from 12 to18… Then they would Put All of them into ONE large truck, drive up to Canada and sell them to a Meat Slaughter house. The Slaughter house would cut and prepare the OLD/Poor shaped animals and Sell it over to Europe as "PRIME HORSE" meat! hmmmmm

  • moose

    In the 1970s in the US there was a beef shortage. During it you could buy horsemeat in the supermarkets. I remember my mom bringing home some horse steaks. I also remember thinking, "this has no flavor."

  • Sam

    This is a disgusting article. Why would you encourage people to eat animals that are endangered or abused by telling them where they can find those "delicacies"?

    • Shivangi

      Very true… How can the author even write such an article.. I pity him for promoting his sadist ideas.

  • Bruniquel

    Yes. Horse butchers are still common in france, Belgium, Italy, Spain etc.. And by the way: Foie gras is not banned at all in the European Union (of which France is a member).

    Horse meat is actually quite tasty. I'm a particular fan of donkey sausage, a Corsican treat.

  • Cookin

    Absinthe is not illegal anymore in the EU since it never was in a few EU countries. For thujone to have any real effect you must drink so much that you will die from the alcohol first. I drank the original absinthe prepared in the original way, with a spoon, some sugar and a candle to heat a mix. It's just a strong beverage. No psychedelic effects whatsoever although the color and taste gives it something mysterious. I like it.

    Foie gras is not illegal in the EU and has never been. The stories about force feeding are merely cr*p. Every year the goose grows a huge liver as an energy source for its long migration trip and will eat anything it can. Goose at foie gras farms come to the feeders themselves and even fight to be fed. Scared or hurt animals don't do that. Sick animals or animals with trauma in their intestines because of overfeeding would die. Neither would it be in the farmers interest to feed a goose more than it could handle. At most farms the animals have good lives in freedom and are not kept in cages at all. The feeding itself is more or less how birds are fed by their parents, farmers use the same reflex. And of course the goose doesn't get an iron pipe all the way down in its throat. That would hurt the animal and there is no need to do that. The final days for the goose are not so nice since it will be kept in captivity so it won't fly away for its big trip. After it is fed a couple of times more it is slaughtered, right when the liver is at maximum quality. Stories about tortured overfed goose are BS.

  • snaxalotl

    I can't imagine ouzo has any thujone … the similarity is that both liqueurs are aniseed flavored. However ouzo did tradtionally (and long ago) contain morphine. Thujone is apparently found in large quantities in some vermouths (vermouth and wormwood are related words).

    Many people (including myself) are skeptical that thujone is significantly psychoactive (at least compared to the alcohol you consume it with)

  • Gunnar

    Here in Iceland horse meat is commonly eaten and we also eat whale (not so common) and puffins.

    The horse meat is a delicacy as well as the whale (if cooked correctly)

  • Orange_you_tang

    This list is somewhat wrong.

    I have eaten horse, whale and foie gras in Finland, which is an EU country.

    Shark fin, horse and puffer fish in Japan.

    Shark and whale in Iceland.

    And pure milk in all of the above.

  • "The greatness of a nation and its moral progess can be judged by the way it's animals are treated"


    • Bruniquel


      You can eat animals and still treat them in an ethical way. Actually, one could argue that the life of a free-range chicken, unconstricted by a cage yet protected from predators, safe from hunger and disease, with abundant food and clean water is much better than that of a wild bird, permanently under threat from predators, hungry, ridden with parasites.

  • Leo

    I live in Sweden. 🙂 Horse meat is not banned here! I eat it sometimes, it's very tasty and healthy.

  • marie

    I have to comment on geese and ducks. One would only have to watch either species eat to know they dont require force feeding in the least. They will generally eat whatever they can , even chasing off other animals to approach a feeder.

    I also agree with Bruniquel. There is no reason that animal raised for slaughter can not be treated ethically throughout its life and even to slaughter. I would think that the ethic treatment of those animals would increase their nutritional value and quality of the meat .

  • mototagz com

    In midle east peole don't eat pigs.

    • Bruniquel

      your point being?

  • K W

    Fois Gras is not banned in the EU (of which France is part of.) The UK bans the production of Fois Gras, but not the sale. So it is legal to buy it in say a restruant, but illegal to make it.

    Raw milk. Gone off pastruasied milk is actually more dangerous than gone off raw milk! Raw milk wasn't banned because of the devlopment of pasturisation, that's a little misleading. Raw milk carries the risk of transmitting TB. Regular checks on cattle lower that risk, so it is arguable that with cows reguarly checked for TB the only reason to pasturise milk is to give it a longer shelf life.

    Interesting list though.

  • Dave R.

    Horsemeat tastes good. Sauerbraten for the win.

  • nas

    I once bought ground horse meat from Maxi (large groceries store) in montreal canada. i'm guessing it not banned over there.

  • al

    So is absinthe 75% or 75 proof? Very very confusing.

    • Thanks for pointing that out – I looked into it and it looks like the writer meant 75%. I've revised the list.

  • Karina

    Just a note…fugu is available in Japanese restaurants that have trained chefs to make sure you don’t eat the poisonous parts. Fugu poisoning is rare in Japan, mind you, as nearly all restaurants take precaution.

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  • Luke

    About raw milk: I think it should important to say that drinking it without boiling it is potentially harmfull and could potentially be deadly, especially in children, due the high level of bacteria.
    The reason why pastorisation is compulsory in most countries is due the fact that raw milk has always been a cause of children mortality!
    PS: in Italy raw milk consumption initiated in the late ’90s but dropped radically after in summer 2008 10 children died of acute infections consuming unboiled raw milk

  • ren

    Can i import goose from china?

  • Peter Boucher

    Correct me if I am wrong, but on one of your other lists that focused on Vitamin Deficiencies say that Horse Meat contained a great deal of Vitamin C ?

  • xmysterygirlx

    Shark finning is brutal, but the main problem is in China and Japan , the next step is to ban it there

  • Dhanika

    I didn’t know there were so many repulsive foods being consumed by people across the world! You should check this one dish: Casu Marzu! It is a form of cheese which is eaten with larvae crawling through it! YUCK! I mean, really what could be more disgusting!