Friday Feast! December 12, 2014

Eating invasive species news and notes from around the internet! 

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  • December 22, 2014 at 12:01 am
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    I agree that encouraging people to eat invasive species is a wonderful way to help curve the problem these animals can cause on our ecosystem. If we must eat protein to survive, why not take it from the source that not only has the least negative impact on the environment, but actually has a net positive one. However, why stop there? Nutria are tearing up the gulf coast, and Pythons are a problem in the Florida Everglades. It is going to be an uphill battle though to get people to eat what either essentially looks like a giant rat, or a snake. While much of this is simply an educational problem, there isn’t really anything wrong with eating either, and both can be tasty if prepared correctly, I would point out there is another way to help start controlling them. We can start wearing them.

    Nutria were brought to this country as a cheap source of pelts for the fur industry. If we could find designers willing to use and sell nutria fur that has been certified as caught wild, and if we could educate the public on why this is not the same thing as wearing farm raised animals, we could probably make a huge dent in the population. Same with python skin boots, belts, and purses. Such products may even take away from the market for raising animals on farms for their skin, often under cruel conditions and in places where those animals simply do not belong. Would this be an acceptable approach? I would at least like to see a conversation on the subject on why and why not others think it would be a good idea.

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