Human Impact – Come Die With Me

We’re spending this week on the blog looking at the impact we have on our animal neighbours; you may have noticed yesterday our helpful categorization of the various ways in which we are helping to destroy species, habitats and resources across the globe. Human greed is one of the most detrimental factors in species loss, a trait that can be witnessed daily on everyone’s favourite tea-time cook off – Come Dine with Me.

So for the purposes of making a point about some of the endangered creatures that end up on certain people’s plates, please indulge us in an only mildly contrived bit of satire.

Amuse Bouche – Bluefin Tuna Sushi

So delicious and yet so very wrong. Tuna stocks are incredibly low and this once great hunter of the oceans is in serious danger of extinction. Keep it pole and line people…come on.

Starter – Shark Fin Soup

Wow what lucky diners!  This Chinese delicacy is usually on the menu at banquets and weddings. Dating back to the Ming Dynasty the dish was favoured by Emperors due to its rarity and elaborate preparation. Well now it comes to your table courtesy of 70 million sharks being finned a year. Still want a taste? The high mercury content can cause sterility for males.

Main – Guar Steaks

Not just for tigers, the guar is a wild relative of the cow native to South East Asia. A prestigious member of the IUCN red list and listed as ‘vulnerable’ guars are still hunted for their meat regardless. However they are fighting back, literally…well not against the hunters, they have guns, but guars have been known to gore and trample tigers.

Dessert – Monkey’s Brain

With our host referencing a classic Indiana Jones moment we find ourselves confronted with an outrageous bit of bad taste considering the vulnerable status of chimps and gorillas. Bush-meat is still considered a cultural tradition in Africa despite its impact on the simian population.

Pretty low scores for our host this evening, might have been the food but the tour of the taxidermy room followed by slides from a recent seal clubbing trip wouldn’t have helped either. Join us later in the week to see if we can find some sustainable alternatives to the horrors served above.


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