The residents of Mlang North Cotobato are eating rats. Why do they eat rats?
Mlang has a total land area of 41 thousand hectares. About 13,000 hectares are planted with rice – irrigated and non irrigated. About 1,200 are planted with corn and 308 is palm oil plantation.
The land area for planting is wide but many farmers barely recover their capital for the past two harvest seasons. Their crops are being infested by rats. Rats eat corn, rice and even the palm oil.
To solve the problem, the mayor passed an ordinance that two days of every week will be devoted to rat hunting. Every 15 rat tails presented to municipality is entitled to one kilogram rice [tv5 usi].
Some of the residents are eating rats cause they have no other choice, as form of revenge and because of its delectable meat.
Trade of rat meat in Nueava Ecija is an existing source of revenue. The current price of dressed rats is 80 pesos per kilogram. The popular recipe for this meat are ginisa, adobo, kinamatisan and broiled. Hunting is done at night. The skins, head and entrails are removed, washed thoroughly and sold to market [tv5 usi].
Mom and her sister used to eat rats when they were young. Grandfather was bringing home roasted rats. They were eating it cause they thought it was a roasted bird. She also added that the smell and taste are good. My ancestors believed that it can prevent and cure galis (scabbies – skin disorder).
We all know that rats are dirty.They eat spoiled dirty foods and live in dirty areas. They are the vessel of leptospirosis infection. Would you still consider eating rats? Are rats safe to eat?
From wikianswers.com: Yes! Rats are like fish, the dirtier their environment the tastier they get.
From chacha.com: Wild rats living in the cities usually suffer from internal parasites, but, if fully cooked, they are not dangerous to eat.
From forums of drug3k.com and digitalspy.co.uk: A mixture of safe and not reactions. Safe if cooked properly and not cause you might get sick from it. Especially if you encountered a poisoned rat. Commentator stated that rat meat taste like chicken’s.
I cannot find other studies about its safety. Please inform me if you know some!
I have never heard of food poisoning incidence due to eating rat meat. On the other hand, food poisoning news and scare regarding chicken and chicken eggs are numerous.
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