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Urban Hunting

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People like Mr. Beasley amaze me.  Here’s a guy who grew up in the poverty-stricken rural south who knows more about basic survival than almost anyone reading this post.  He’s carved himself a niche, trapping urban raccoons, cleaning them, and selling them to folks who enjoy this delicacy — IN DETROIT!

fresh-coons-2b“Coon or rabbit. God put them there to eat. When men get hold of animals he blows them up and then he blows up. Fill ’em so full of chemicals and steroids it ruins the people. It makes them sick. Like the pigs on the farm. They’s 3 months old and weighing 400 pounds. They’s all blowed up. And the chil’ren who eat it, they’s all blowed up. Don’t make no sense.”

–Glemie Beasley, Urban Hunter.

I don’t agree with his argument against raising corn-fed animals to butcher, but consider this:  If all of a sudden there was no food at the grocery stores and money became worthless, how would you feed your family?

You’d do it just like Glemie Beasley does it… or starve.

The video is interesting, but the “host” is a smarmy condescending dorkboy with a “soul patch” under his lower lip.

Finest point about capturing and butchering game such as possum and raccoon is to leave a paw on, so that folks can tell you’re not selling dog or cat carcasses.  The video is graphic in as much as a cooking show shows a skinned chicken;  but it also instructs on how to prepare small game carcasses.

[Full story with video here, found on Drudge.  Related stuff:  I mentioned before that James Burke’s  Part 3 of Episode 1 of his excellent Connections series is a must see.  Be patient until 4:30- that’s where the meat is.]

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8 Responses to “Urban Hunting”

  1. Dalton J. Fox Says:

    Detroit? I think that part shocked me more than anything else mentioned. I thought for sure this would be an article about backwoods Kentucky or something.

  2. S. Le Says:

    I would become a vegetarian before I would eat raccoon or possum or woodchuck or squirrel. I just won’t eat that stuff.

  3. planetross Says:

    Oooooo! I really like the Connections series with James Burke.

  4. Bunk Strutts Says:

    Dalton– The guy grew up in the deep south, but the Detroit Raccoons haven’t had a winning season since 1968.

    S.Le– It all has to do with preparation. Ever had rabbit stew? Good stuff except for all the toothpick bones.

    plane– “Connections” was great. That particular episode had to do with our dependence on technology, and how vulnerable most of us are without it. Ever tried to buy something at a store when their computer system was down? James Burke also had a similar follow up series: “The Day the Universe Changed.”

  5. S. Le Says:

    Didn’t say I wouldn’t eat rabbit. I would. Just not the creatures I mentioned. I have eaten a bit of Bambi’s mother as well. I really like lamb as long as I don’t think about the baby getting killed and gutted! Crap! There goes Easter dinner. Now you’ve done it!

  6. Bunk Strutts Says:

    S. Le– I didn’t say what you thought I said when you said you didn’t say what I didn’t say. It’s no different than eating cereal and collecting box tops or proofs of purchase. With game, you eat ’em and collect the pelts.

  7. 1389AD Says:

    Food is food. If we weren’t supposed to eat animals, they wouldn’t be made out of meat!

  8. Bunk Strutts Says:

    1389AD– I like the anti-vegetarian quip: “For every animal you don’t eat I’m going to eat three.”

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