Fwd: Pope announces priests to become taxonomists

Curtis Clark jcclark at CSUPOMONA.EDU
Thu Apr 3 09:40:42 CST 2003

At 05:31 2003-04-03, Thomas Lammers wrote:
>At 08:52 PM 4/2/03 -0800, Curtis Clark wrote:
>>I have been told by Venezuelans that capybaras are regarded as suitable
>>for Lent. I don't know whether they have a dispensation.
>I was told the same story in Brazil.  I got the impression we're talking
>several hundred years ago, and that maybe the pope wasn't given all the
>facts, in an effort to stack the deck in favor of a yes vote ("it's in the
>water, Excellency -- you know, like fish!")

My understanding is that capybaras (_chiguires_ locally, iirc) are still
considered a delicacy and are farm-raised for food.

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