Animal Planet Guinea Pigs Book: The guinea pig is a unique and endearing small animal worth an intriguing history
"I have just finished watching Pet Star for the last time. I was watching Episode 12 and was disgusted at the "Musical Guinea pigs" segment. What those people did to those poor animals was the equivalent of pulling a cats tail to make it yowl. Pushing a guinea pigs hair in that manner is painful to them. So to see that treatment on Pet Star, on Animal Planet for the entertainment of your viewers is appalling. Would you air a segment like that if you could get laughs out of someone pulled a cats tail to make it sing?"
Then he asks them what they're going to do with the guinea pigs, and they say that they're going to make them sing. He directs them over to two chairs where they take a seat and place the guinea pigs on their laps. The guinea pigs are facing out towards the girls' knees. The girls begin to sing "Old McDonald Had a Farm." They get to the point where there's usually an animal sound quoted, and instead of saying "oink oink" they take turns forcefully pushing the guinea pigs' hair forward. They are pushing from their rump to the middle of their back. They do this eight times during the song and once at the very end, nine times in total. Each time the pigs scream quite loud and pull their ears back, in fear. They look very scared. The camera goes to different judges' faces, and they are all laughing enthusiastically. Then at the very end they focus in on the two guinea pigs and Alice, the darker pig is closer to the camera.
Source: Animal Planet, Guinea Pigs by Julie Mancini
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Forget snake and alligator, some Americans are embracing a new exotic meat – Guinea Pig. The animal meat is popular in South American countries, such as Columbia and Peru, where it’s known as cuy. Recent interest in TV shows and blogs of exotic foods are fueling US foodies to try something new. Guinea Pig is not a locally produced meat. They are imported frozen, whole, and hairless from Peru. NPR reports, that Peru guinea pig imports for a Connecticut company have almost doubled in the past four years – from 600 guinea pigs per year to more than 1,000 today. The imports are not tracked by the USDA or any federal regulatory agencies.When served, guinea pig is eaten from head to toe. The two pound meal is prepared either roasted or fried. South American restaurants in the US are serving up this meat as the interest in exotic delicacies arise from middle-class foodies. The dark gamey meat is described as tasting rich, oily, and not unlike rabbit. In addition to finding adventure on a plate, there are environmental factors are at play for some pro-guinea pig meat supporters.There is a push from overseas conservation groups, encouraging farmers in other countries, like Columbia, to find new protein sources with a small carbon footprint. The small two pound animal has high sources of protein with very low environmental impact, unlike Americans main choices of beef and chicken. Matt Miller, a US science writer for the Nature Conservatory, claims where it takes eight pounds of hay to make one pound of beef, it only takes four pounds of hay to make a pound of guinea pig.Roasted or fried guinea pig is a traditional meal in South America, it was only a matter of time before the exotic meal hit other parts of the world like the US and England. BBC food blogger, Paula Dear, recently put her own stomach to the test. She encountered not only a new meat but also an internal struggle when faced with a plate of guinea pig. A guinea pig once graced the home of Paula Dear as a child and fond memories of her fluffy pet surfaced as she chose her meal. Her partner in adventure loved each bite, which included the head, and proclaimed the guinea pig as tasty.The question remains, with environmental factors aside – could you eat an animal that resembles a pet from your childhood?Animal Planet is supposed to be a channel that educates people on the proper treatment of animals. Instead, tonight, Animal Planet broadcast a television show that teaches people how to be ignorant caretakers and educated America on the most efficient way to torture guinea pigs! Great programming!