Your Pets are Just Livestock in These 10 Countries.

Although some of us have become so accustomed to some animals as pets that we no longer consider them as food, other people have no qualms about eating these animals, even if they have a similar animal as a pet. Here are some countries whose citizens will eat your favorite pet without a second thought.

1. Dogs


Dogs may be man’s best friends but not to some citizens of Switzerland, Vietnam, Nigeria, South Korea, Indonesia, Greenland, the Philippines, and China, who consider the animals as just livestock. In Switzerland, it is illegal to buy and sell dog meat. But there is no law against people killing and eating their own dogs. Several tribes living around the Arctic and Antarctic will also readily munch down on their dogs when food is low. In Vietnam, dog meat is the go-to meat during ceremonies. Demand is so high that dogs are now being stolen from the streets and homes of neighboring Thailand and smuggled into Vietnam.[1]If there is one place not to be a dog, it is South Korea. In that country, up to 2.5 million dogs are slaughtered and eaten every year. Following South Korea is the Philippines, where over 290,000 dogs are killed for human consumption annually. Dog meat used to be legal in the Philippines until the 1998 Animal Welfare Act banned it. However, the dog meat industry simply moved underground and business continued as usual. These days, it is worth over $4 million a year. The Lychee and Dog Meat Festival (aka the Yulin Dog Meat Festival) marks the height of consumption in China. Over 10,000 dogs and cats are eaten during the 10-day annual festival held in Guangxi province.

2. Monkeys


Monkey meat is called “bushmeat” in the parts of West and Central Africa where it is eaten. In the Republic of the Congo, it is called likaku and is usually sold in restaurants and at roadside stands. So many monkeys are being hunted to sate the appetites of monkey meat lovers that some species are already at the brink of extinction. It was believed that one subspecies, the Miss Waldron’s red colobus, had been hunted to extinction, but there may be a few still living in Africa. This subspecies is now considered to be “critically endangered.”Gorillas, bonobos, and chimpanzees are not safe from monkey meat hunters and consumers, either, as these animals are considered alternatives to monkeys. There are claims that fresh monkey brains are a delicacy in China and Malaysia. It is said that the head of the unfortunate monkey is split open and the brain is eaten straight from the skull. These claims have not been confirmed, but it could have happened in the past—and possibly still occurs today. However, we know that cooked monkey brains are eaten in countries in the Far East.

3. Cats


Cat meat is eaten in Vietnam, China, and Australia. Despite being illegal, it is considered a delicacy in Vietnam, where it is called “little tiger.” Cats destined to become little tigers are usually drowned in water before they are skinned, roasted, and seasoned. Thereafter, they are cut into pieces and downed with bottles of beer. The Vietnamese demand for cat meat is so high that the animals are now stolen from the homes of their owners in neighboring Thailand and Laos and smuggled into Vietnam. Cats in Vietnam are not spared, either. In fact, it is rare to find cats strolling along the streets of Hanoi where the owners have learned to lock these pets inside their homes lest they become little tigers. Vietnamese only started eating cats in the 20th century when a series of wars left them starving and forced them to eat whatever they could lay their hands on. This also included dogs, rats, and insects. Thieves are also fueling the cat meat industry in China where over four million unfortunate kitties are eaten every year. One thief was caught with over 500 cats he had stolen from the homes of their owners. The man, identified only as Sun, was selling the animals for a mere $4.40 a piece. Many Chinese were concerned when the news of the theft appeared on the Internet, although some were angrier about the cats being stolen rather than eaten. Felines are also eaten in Australia. Feral cats that have been wreaking havoc on Australia’s wildlife are the ones targeted for cooking pots. Australians no longer want these animals hanging around. What better way to get rid of them than just eating them? Other feral animals like pigeons and camels are also on the menu.

4. Horses 


Although most Americans frown at the idea of eating horse meat, it remains a delicacy in many countries, including neighboring Canada. In 2014, almost 67,000 horses were butchered for their meat in Canada, even though the bulk was shipped to the European Union, which considers horses as food-producing animals. In the Netherlands, horse meat is a key ingredient in making sandwiches. Looking south, over 128,000 horses are slaughtered in Mexico every year. Like Canada, the bulk of the meat is exported. But this time, it goes to several countries including Egypt, Hong Kong, Kazakhstan, Russia, Vietnam, and Japan. In Japan, horse meat is used in traditional dishes such as basashi. Interestingly, Mexicans are not totally fans of eating the product despite having a huge horse meat industry. However, it is normal for butchers to pass off this meat as beef. An investigation revealed that 10 percent of beef sold in five Mexican cities was actually horse meat.

5. Lizards


For reptile lovers, your favorite pet is just another food in parts of Asia and South America. Fried gecko is a delicacy in Indonesia, where it is loved for its supposed medicinal properties. It is also popular in China, where it is believed to shrink tumors. Gecko is said to taste like something between chicken meat and fish. Iguanas are not spared from cooking pots in El Salvador, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. Lots of these lizards also roam the streets and forests of Puerto Rico, where they were first introduced as pets in the 1970s. Some got into the wild and, considering their rapid rate of reproduction, quickly surpassed humans in population. There are more iguanas than people in Puerto Rico today. So Puerto Ricans have decided to eat the iguanas to keep their population low. The meat is said to taste like chicken, just better.

6. Snakes


The Chinese have been eating snake soup since the third century BC. The soup remained an exclusive treat for the rich until it became common throughout China in the 1700s. It is believed to cure arthritis, improve the skin, and promote blood circulation. The soup’s warmth is used to counter the winter cold, which is why it is often eaten then. These days, it is considered a delicacy in Hong Kong where it is called se gang. A typical snake soup contains as many as five different types of snakes. It is boiled with pork bone and chicken. Mushrooms, ginger, chrysanthemum leaves, and lemongrass are added for taste. The snake meat can also be fried or made into casseroles. The meat is said to look and taste like chicken except that it is a bit tougher. Hong Kong restaurants that serve snakes are called se wong (“snake king”). These eateries are slowly becoming a rarity in Hong Kong because the low wages paid in the industry are not enough to keep expert chefs and snake handlers committed to the preparation of the delicacy.

7. Mice 


Roasted mice are roadside delicacies in Zimbabwe and Malawi. In Zimbabwe, the rodents are caught with traps set in cornfields. The trapped mice are roasted and salted before being sold to commuters traveling to neighboring South Africa. In Malawi, they are called mbewa or roasted field mice. There, they are also caught in fields but without traps. Instead, children disturb corn husks, forcing the mice hiding underneath to attempt an escape. The children kill the escaping mice with sticks. At other times, the children set the entrance to the mouse nests on fire and kill any mice trying to escape. The animals are roasted, salted, and peppered. Then they are eaten whole, complete with the bones and everything else within.

8. Rats


Rats are a delicacy among members of the Adi tribe in India. Any kind will do—from regular house rats to those found in the forests. The Adi people even have an annual festival called Unying-Aran, which is celebrated with rat dishes. The animals can be roasted or made into bule-bulak oying stew that contains the rat’s entrails, tail, legs, and fetus. Rats are also eaten among the Dalit caste of India. The members of this caste, one of the country’s poorest, are even called “rat eaters” because they often cultivate the farms of a richer caste in exchange for killing any rats found there. The rodents are usually smoked and eaten whole. They are said to taste like quail or chicken. Rats are also eaten in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Ghana, China, Vietnam, Nigeria, and Cameroon. The preferred breeds are the African giant rat in Nigeria and the equally big cane rat in Cameroon. The cane rat is the size of a small dog and is more expensive than chicken. It is said to taste like pork but is more tender.

9. Turtles

Turtle soup was popular in the US in the 1860s. It was even served at the second inauguration of President Abraham Lincoln in 1865. President William Howard Taft loved it so much that he selected the White House chef based on his ability to cook the soup. In the South, wealthy patrons hosted turtle soup parties called “turtle frolics.” The popularity of turtle soup made it so expensive that mock turtle soup was introduced. It was similar to the regular variety except that the turtle was replaced with the head of a calf. Mock turtle soup, which was served at Lincoln’s first inauguration, was also costly, though not as much as real turtle soup.[9]Both soups had almost completely disappeared in the US by the 1960s. Mock turtle soup is still sold in Cincinnati today, but it is made with ground beef. In China, turtle soup is believed to improve blood circulation, enhance kidney function, stop menstrual pains, and prolong life. As weird as it sounds, a good number of turtles used for Chinese turtle soup come from the US. In Arkansas, about 600,000 of these animals were killed for human consumption between 2004 and 2006. Over 106,000 kilograms (235,000 lb) of turtles were also harvested in Iowa in 2007. This is creating a problem in the US because turtles are being harvested faster than they are reproducing. Protected species like the alligator snapping turtle (Macrochelys temmickii) are not spared because they are being mistaken for their unprotected look-alike, the common snapping turtle (Chelydra serpentina).

10. Rabbits


Rabbits are the third most common mammals kept as pets in the United States. They used to double as livestock before and during World War II, but this stopped with the advent of large-scale farming. Little wonder that their reintroduction as food has generated controversy in the US. However, rabbits are just another meat in countries such as Cyprus, Italy, Malta, France, and China. In fact, China, the world’s largest supplier, produced 690,000 tons of rabbit meat in 2010. Of that, 10,000 tons were exported to several countries, especially Belgium, Germany, and the US. Rabbit meat is also common in the European Union, where about 326 million of the animals are slaughtered every year. These days, rabbit meat is promoted as a leaner alternative to chicken and beef in the US. But Americans are divided over whether they want their rabbits to double as livestock or just remain pets.
Source: listverse

100 Places Where You Can Get Freebies On Your Birthday


It’s your birthday, the last thing you want to do is have to pay for things. Here are 100 places you won’t have to.
Most of these places require you to sign up at least seven days before your birthday, so get busy now and then enjoy the free birthday stuff as it rolls in on your big day. Feel free to add any freebies you know of in the comments.

Heres where to get 100 Birthday Freebies.

1.  A&W All American Food: Get a free root beer float on your birthday by joining the Mug Club
2.  Ace Hardware: Receive a free $5 off coupon when you join Ace Rewards
3.  AMF Bowling: Get some free bowling by signing up with the Pinsiders Club
4.  Applebees: Sign up for its email club, and get a free dessert on your birthday.
5.  Arby’s: Get a free milkshake on your birthday when you register with Arby’s.
6. Atlanta Bread: Get a free cookie on your birthday when you join the Loyalty Program.
7.  Au Bon Pain: Join the Eclub, and get a free birthday lunch.
8.  Auntie Anne’s: Sign up for Pretzel Perks, and get a free pretzel on your birthday.
9.  Aveda: Receive a birthday gift valued at $23 when you join Aveda’s Pure Privilege for $10.
10. BareMinerals: Join the Friends and Benefits Program, and they’ll send you a gift on your birthday.
11.  Barnes and Noble (Kids): Sign up for the B&N Kids’ Club, and your child gets a free cupcake on his/her birthday.
12.  Baskin Robbins: Join its Birthday Club, and get free ice cream on your birthday.
13. bd’s Mongolian Grill: Get a free entree on your birthday when you join Club Mongo.
14.  Bennigan’s: Receive a BOGO entree as well as a free dessert when you sign up for its Eclub.
15.  Big Boy: Join its Email Club, and get a birthday freebie dessert on your birthday.
16.  Bonefish Grill: Become a  Bone Fish Grill Insider, and get special offers on your birthday.
17.  Benihana’s: Register for the Chef’s Table, and you’ll get a $30 birthday certificate.
18. Boston Market: Join the VIP Club, and get a special birthday surprise.
19.  Buca di Beppo: You’ll receive a free pasta on your next visit as well as a $20 birthday gift for joining the Eclub.
20. Buffalo Wild Wings: Get a free birthday dessert when you join the Buffalo Circle.
21.  Captain D’s: Get a special offer on your birthday when you join  D’s Club.
22.  Carrabba’s Italian Grill: Join Carrabba’s Amici Club, and get a free appetizer as well as a coupon for a BOGO free entree.
23. Chick-fil-A: Become an Email Insider, and get a special birthday offer. Chick-fil-A did inform us that the freebies are at the discretion of the franchise owner, so check with your local store for details.
24.  Chili’s: Get free chips and guacamole when you join My Chili’s Rewards Club.
25.  Chuck E. Cheese’s: Join the The Chuck E-Club, and get free tokens to help celebrate your child’s birthday.
26.  Cinnabon: Subscribe to Club Cinnabon, and get a special gift on your birthday.
27.  Cold Stone Creamery: Get a BOGO coupon for your birthday by signing up for the My Cold Stone Club.
28.  Country Buffet: Sign up for the Crave Connection, and receive free meals on your big day. Note: This restaurant is closed, but you can get deals for Ryan’s, Hometown Buffet and Country Buffet — all in the same franchise.
29. Cracker Barrel: Go to Cracker Barrel on your birthday, and get a free dessert.
30.  Culver’s: Enjoy a free birthday treat when you sign up for the Culver’s eClub.
31.  CVS: Join the ExtraCare Beauty Club, and get $3 ExtraCare bucks on your birthday.
32. Dairy Queen: Receive a buy-one-get-one Blizzard coupon on your birthday by signing up for the Blizzard Fan Club.
33.  Dave & Buster’s: Sign up for Dave & Buster’s Rewards, and get $10 in free gameplay.
34.  Denny’s: Stop by Denny’s, and get a free Grand Slam on your birthday (with ID)!
35.  Disney Movie: Get 100 free points for your birthday when you sign up for Disney Movie Rewards.
36.  Don Pablo’s: Get a $10 gift card on your birthday when you become a Habaneros Member.
37. Dunkin’ Donuts: Get a free beverage on your birthday by signing up for the DD Perks Rewards Program.
38.  Einstein Bros. Bagels: Get a free egg sandwich with a purchase on your birthday when you join the Shmear Society.
39.  Firehouse Subs: Sign up for Firehouse Rewards for a free medium sub.
40.  First Watch: Get a free entree when you sign up for the Sun EClub.
41. Friendly’s: When you become a BFF Club member, you’ll receive a free sundae on your birthday.
42. Fuddruckers: Get a special birthday offer when you join the Fudds Club.
43. Great American Cookies: Join the Cookie Club, and get a birthday surprise.
44.  Hallmark: Get a free card and a coupon for 20% off one item when you become a Crown Rewards member.
45.  Hard Rock: Sign up for Hard Rock Rewards for an annual birthday offer.
46.  Helzberg Diamonds: Request a catalog to receive a birthday surprise.
47. Hooters: Join the Hooters Eclub for a free birthday gift.
48. IHOP: Sign up for the Pancake Revolution, and receive a free meal on your birthday.
49. Jack in the Box: Register to receive a special offer on your birthday.
50. Jersey Mike’s Subs: Get a free sub and drink when you sign up for the email club.
51. Joe’s Crab Shack: Register with Joe’s Catch, and receive a birthday treat.
52. Kmart: When you sign your child up for the Birthday Club, he/she will receive exclusive offers plus be entered to win $500.
53. Krispy Kreme: Join the eClub, and receive a free donut on your birthday.
54. Longhorn Steakhouse: Create a My Longhorn account, and get a free birthday treat.
55. Macaroni Grill: Sign up for the email club, and get a free dessert on your birthday.
56. Maggie Moo’s: Sign up for the Slab Happy Email, and get a free birthday surprise.
57. Marie Callender’s: Join the Eclub, and get exclusive birthday offers.
58. Medieval Times: Receive free admission when you sign up for email updates.
59. The Melting Pot: Join Club Fondue, and get a voucher for free chocolate fondue for two on your birthday.
60. Moe’s Southwest Grill: Get a coupon for a free birthday burrito when you join its eWorld.
61.  Noodles & Company: Get a coupon on your birthday by joining the Noodles Family.
62. Not Your Average Joe’s Kitchen & Bar: Get a free birthday surprise when you sign up for the email club.
63. Olive Garden: Get a complimentary appetizer or dessert on your birthday by signing up for the eClub.
64. On the Border: Get a special birthday offer when you sign up for Club Cantina.
65. Panda Express: Register to receive emails and an exclusive offer on your birthday.
66. Panera: Join MyPanera, and get a free pastry on your birthday.
67. Perkins: Get a free slice of pie on your birthday when you sign up for MyPerkins.
68. P.F. Chang’s: Create an account, and get a free appetizer or dessert during your birthday month.
69. Pinkberry: Sign up for a Pinkcard or download the app, and receive a free yogurt on your birthday.
70. Qdoba: Receive a special birthday gift when you register for Qdoba Rewards.
71.  Redbox: Sign up for the Redbox Play Pass, and receive a free birthday rental.
72. Red Lobster: Receive a birthday surprise when you join the Fresh Catch Club.
73. Red Robin: Register for the Red Robin Royalty Program, and get a free birthday burger.
74. Rita’s Italian Ice: Sign up for its Birthday Club, and get a free birthday treat.
75. Ruby Tuesday: Sign up with Ruby Tuesday, and score a free burger on your birthday.
76. Sbarro: Get free pizza on your birthday by joining the eClub.
77. Sephora: Register with Sephora, and receive a free gift on your birthday.
78. Smashbox: Register for the rewards program, and receive a free gift during your birthday month.
79. Sonic: Create a My Sonic account, and receive a special treat on your birthday.
80. Sonny’s BBQ: Get a free Big Deal Meal on your big day by joining the ‘Q Crew.
81. Souper Salad: Register for Souper Perks, and get a free meal during your birthday week.
82. The Spaghetti Warehouse: Join the Warehouse Club, and get a free meal on your birthday.
83.  Starbucks: Get a free birthday drink by signing up for Starbucks Rewards.
84. Steak ‘n Shake: Join the eClub to get a free menu item on your birthday.
85.  Subway: Sign up for the Subway Rewards Program and the sandwich-making company will add 20 points to your account on your birthday. FYI, 20 points will get you a free 21-ounce fountain drink (20 points), a free bag of chips (15 points) or two free cookies (10 points each).
86. Swagbucks: Get 50 free Swagbucks on your birthday. For more information, read our Swagbucks review.
87.  TCBY: Join myTCBY, and receive special offers on your birthday.
88. Texas Roadhouse: Sign up for the email club, and get a birthday gift.
89. TGI Friday’s: Join the Friday’s Rewards program, and get a free dessert on your birthday.
90. Tony Roma’s: Sign up for the email and text club, and get a free entree on your birthday.
91. Toys R Us: Join Rewards R Us, and your child will receive a free card every year until his/her 10th birthday. Members are also entered to win monthly prizes.
92. Tropical Smoothie Cafe: Join Club Tropical, and get a special birthday offer.
93. ULTA Beauty: Receive a free gift by signing up for the Ultimate Rewards program.
94. Uno Pizzeria & Grill: Join the Uno Insider’s Club, and get a free entree on your birthday.
95. Victoria’s Secret: Sign up for an Angel Card, and get a birthday gift worth $10.
96. Waffle House: Become a member of the Waffle House Regulars Club to receive a free waffle on your birthday.
97. Wienerschnitzel: Join the Wiener Lovers’ Club, and get a free coupon each year on your birthday.
98. Wingstop: Get a free order of seasoned fries on your birthday when you sign up for The Club.
99. Yogurt Mountain: Join the YOMO Club, and get free yogurt on your birthday.
100. Zaxby’s: Get a free Nibbler on your birthday by signing up for the Zax Mail.
source: thepenniehorder