Ever try de-boning a parakeet?


Probably would not eat any kind of meat out of a wagon like this. (via NPR, photo by Maarten van Cleef photography)

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The Kitchen of Unwanted Animals sounds like a children's movie about a bunch of plucky orphaned cats and dogs who pull together and open a creperie, but it's actually the name of this food truck that sells horse meat.

Rob Hagenouw and Nicolle Schatborn, from the dangerously progressive city of Amsterdam, conceived of the idea while considering the problem of Canada Geese. About 40,000 geese are shot annually to keep them from flying directly into your airplane's jets. They just love airplanes! That's a lot of dead geese and they get thrown away. Hagenouw and Schatborn thought, hey, let's do something with all this free meat. Geese croquettes. BOOM.


It's nice that they have a fun couple's activity. (via NPR)

Since then they've expanded to serving things like parakeet, pigeon, horse, muskrat, and crawfish. Parakeets are an invasive species in Holland, so they're not stealing any old lady's beloved companion to make stew.

The whole article and their philosophy is pretty interesting. They're both invested in the history of what meat is seen as appropriate for human consumption and what is considered waste. Not very shocking: it changes according to current societal values. Duh. Here's a poem they wrote about it, for a summary:

this is the kitchen of the undesired animal
the continuing polluting beast
the ones we see as an infestation
that bother us in our movements
those birds that ruin our safety
the rats are undermining the dikes
sometimes cultivated
for economic reasons or
fun meat or fur
eventually escaped and
without enemies they live free
and get loads of small ones
and we !!!
we are disturbed !!!!!!
the kitchen of the undesired animal says
no destruction
no needless waste
we shall eat!!!!!!
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Sources: Kitchenette