Nothing says Thanksgiving like gathering around a giant, roasted turkey. But did you ever stop to think why Turkey is on the menu rather than horse dog or cat? Food taboos are complicated and vary greatly by geography. There are no cultural universals when it comes to what animals are and aren't on the menu.
Today, we're uncovering food taboos around the world. How some unlucky critters ended up as diet staples and what role religion plays in shaping our dinner plates. That's what you're digging into today on impolite society.
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Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why It's So Hard to Think Straight About Animals , Hal Herzog
Food taboos: their origins and purposes
Why These Animals? - The Gastropod
The Juicy History of Humans Eating Meat, History
What the 'meat paradox' reveals about moral decision making, BBC
Do You Eat Dog?, Taste
A recipe for friendship: Similar food consumption promotes trust and cooperation
Evolutionary models of in-group favoritism
The Abominable Pig
New study doubles the estimate of bird species in the world
Mammals, National Wildlife Federation