The Nine Most Cruel and Controversial World Delicacies


by CHAN LEE PENG (Health Consultant & Writer)

While looking at these bloody delicacies, do you still feel hungry?

Each culture has their own traditional foods that they enjoy, although occasionally, certain foods that appeal to a person in one place, but may not be appealing to someone in another part of the world.

These following foods from the world cuisine are not only peculiar in their ingredients, but they also appear to be very violent in their preparation and inflict great suffering on animals. Some of the following pictures and videos are pretty graphic, and should be approached with caution. They are included to present visual examples of these types of foods, and to show that these kinds of dishes are not rare in the world, but instead exist daily in many cultures.

1. A Monkey’s Brain

The following dish is actually quite a murderous scene, and the ensuing feast can be quite gruesome. A captured monkey is first forcibly pulled to the dining table. The monkey is tightly held with hoops over its hands and legs. One of the diners uses a hammer to knock hard enough to actually create a hole in the live monkey’s head. Its cracked skull opens from its head and the diners use a stick of iron rod to extract the monkey’s brain. The monkey usually screams terribly before dying near the table.

Some of the more aggressive and “hungry” diners may actually use their spoons to scrape through the bloody monkey’s brain, eating in a greedy manner as though they have not eaten in a long time. The diners continue to eat the raw brain completely, often with their fingers and hands covered with smelly blood. Others may prefer to dip the raw brain into a traditional herb soup in order to add to the aroma while eating.

Comment: I personally cannot understand how these people swallow this bloody delicacy with no apparent regret and without nausea. I think that it is unbelievably disgusting to see how they chew hungrily on the bloody brain. While researching this article, I found many videos on this popular custom but I decided that they were just too violently graphic to use, and I decided to spare you the trauma of these painful scenes.

2. A Baby Rodent

This apparent delicacy consists of a newly born rodent, a small selection of seasonal vegetables, and a traditional eating custom. The diner initially uses a special skewer to stab the live rodent. The first “chi” sound is apparently heard as the rodent, who cannot bear the pain of being pierced, squeals as it is impaled on the skewer. As the diner dips the still-live rodent into the boiling oil, the second “chi” sound is said to be heard.

As the well-fried rodent is finally placed into the diner’s mouth, the third “chi” sound is allegedly heard one last time. Such a delicacy is actually quite simple, but the diner obviously needs to have certain degree of courage, energy, and very possibly, a real culinary open-mindedness to try it.

Comment: It is perhaps not as disturbing for those who eat this delicacy as compared with those who enjoy preparing this extremely graphic type of food. Maybe they should be put in jail instead for abusing these animals in such a terrible manner. How strange it is to see people laughingly enjoying this cruel delicacy in such a happy mood!

3. Turtle Flesh

This dish begins with a live turtle being covered with appropriate seasonings and herbs, while a pan of water is being heated. As the water begins to warm, the turtle is then put into the water. Due to the extreme heat, the turtle will actually begin to drink the water as its body begins to become cooked by the hot liquid. The cook then allows the turtle to remain alive in the herb soup in order to create a good flavor. As the water gradually becomes hotter, the turtle will begin to struggle helplessly in pain.

Comment: It is really quite disturbing to see a live turtle struggling hopelessly in the extremely hot water. Do humans really have to torture the helpless animal in this manner just to satisfy their own eating instincts?

4. Roasted Duck Legs

Here is another popular food that begins with a live animal. A live duck is placed on a slightly hot frying pan. Prior to this, an appropriate amount of seasonings is rubbed all over the duck’s body. Due to the heat of the hot-plate, the duck will obviously try to make every attempt to get off of the hot metal, and from time to time, it will try to jump out of the pan.

Finally, the legs will become fully roasted, while its body is still actually alive. The cook will then cut off the duck’s legs for them to be placed on a plate to be ready to serve hot to the diner. The remaining part of the duck is then put in the freezer for other future.

Comment: This is an extremely disgusting and cruel delicacy when it is viewed from the initial moment of preparation until it is finally served to the diner.

5. Donkey’s Meat

This queer delicacy involves eating fresh donkey meat, where the flesh is actually eaten raw without cooking. The diner uses a special fork and spoon to scoop out some of the flesh from the donkey. The meat is then totally dipped into the fresh red blood before it is eaten. According to tradition, the more the diner heard the screaming of the donkey, the more excited they will then be to dine on this delicacy.

Comment: What types of human being are these? They appear to be quite inhumane as they show no benevolence towards the donkey’s painful screaming. This unusual eating behavior is among the cruelest in the world’s delicacies that I encountered.

6. A Dried Chicken

To make this dish, the cooks need to work fast in order to create it. With the chicken completely alive, they quickly peel off the chicken’s feathers, taking out the heart in an astonishingly short time. Later, they fill the chicken’s abdomen with seasonings before sewing it up. Finally, they hang it up to dry it out before serving to the diner.

During the preparation, the chicken is still alive, and it will keep on making a noisy sound. It will often struggle violently to get away from the cooks. The cook’s hands eventually become totally bathed in large amounts of red blood.

Comment: This chicken has to bear an extremely painful torture as first its feathers and then its heart are removed. The diner eats this dried-alive chicken with apparent pleasure. Indeed, the one time I saw this personally, it caused me to me vomit while looking at the other diners eating it in such a high-spirited mood.

7. A Flesh of Live Shrimp

This seafood dish is not only raw, but served while the shrimps are still alive. First, a cup of Brandy, Whiskey or Vodka is poured onto the live Shrimps. Then, the diner eats these live shrimp, apparently with great excitement.

Comment: This seems simply disgusting, and although it looks harmless, I was still shocked and disgusted by this peculiar eating habit.

8. Grilled Unborn Lamb

First, an entire pregnant female goat is butchered and thrown onto a charcoal fire to burn until it turns a golden brown color. When it is entirely baked, the cook will then cut through its abdomen to take out the cooked, unborn lamb from inside its mother’s body. It is said that in this manner, the softness of the young lamb can offer the diner an especially pleasing taste.

Comment: This is another delicacy that just seems tasteless.

9. Baby Herbal Soup: The most horrifying, cruel and disgusting delicacy ever

This is an even more horrid nightmare when people are eating human foetuses or preborn babies for a nutritional value and to boost sexual power, overall health and stamina. Now, though, the world is encouraging and at times tolerating with abortion issues and ignorance which has allowed the selling of and consumption of human foetuses. What on earth is going on in this world?

There is a growing trend of eating humans in a town located in the Southern province of Canton (Guangdong), China. This delicacy is called “Spare Rib Soup” in the local jargon and it is said to be a nutritional food to help boost stamina, improve overall health while enhancing sexual performance (potency). Allegedly, this human foetus dish is claimed to gain popularity in Shenzhen, China.

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This disgusting herbal soup uses human foetus (or pre-birth babies) as its main ingredient. It is then boiled with pieces of chicken ribs/chicken meat along with other Chinese expensive herbal ingredients which include Chinese Angelica, ginger pieces, Melina officinalis, Qi Zi and Codonopsis pilosula for at least 8 hours of steaming/boiling. This bowl of Spare Rib Soup is not cheap, but costs around 4,000 Yuan, currency in China (or US $600). Even though this cruel food is accepted in certain regions of China, it is not accepted by the majority of Chinese, either those who live in China or those living outside China. This delicacy has stirred a controversial debate as it involves human life and an issue of the existence of cannibalism. Definitely, it against human rights!

This so called exotic delicacy is not available on a daily basis. According to the local people, one has to order the dish ahead of time and then have to wait for a couple of weeks when the baby is available there for cooking. They may have to wait longer depending on the availability of the babies being sold to the restaurant. Usually, there is no shortage of babies as several pregnant foreign workers who are working there are willing to sell their unborn children and are contacted for their pre-birth babies in case there is an increase demand of this delicacy. Sometimes, babies which were already dead from miscarriages are sold to serve as the main ingredient of this delicacy. This is without conscious, disgusting and deplorable ways to make money and run a business!

The price the restaurant owner pays to purchase a baby depending on the baby’s age. It will also depend on whether the baby is dead or alive while selling to the purchaser. The one aborted close to 9 months costs around 2,000 Yuan (or about US $290), and those aborted earlier than 9 months cost several hundred Yuan. Even the placenta alone can be sold for about US $30. Of course, the paying price is higher for boy foetuses.

Blog Comments:

I would like two say thanks for these two fantasic article’s combined by Chan Lee Peng. I utterly agree with him and find it disturbing and completely wrong. I believe no animal should be subjected to such suffering nor should be take advantage of those of lesser power (look up speciesism). It’s a scary world and I genuinly believe we will kill of the majority of the animal species and eventually our own species with our destructive powers.


Save the Blob Blobfish


Quite a short acrticle but this intrigued me…

I stumbled across this creature yesterday, it is a blobfish! I think it is awesome looking; the metro describes it as the most miserable-looking animal. Either way, thought I would give it a little publicity and awareness due to it being near extinction. The sad, old man-looking fish are only found in the depths of water off Australia and Tasmania and are rarely seen by humans hence why i’ve only just discovered it.

It’s funny because I showed my mum this photo and she thought it was just some clay-monster model or something or nothing. Anyways some facts about the blobby blob:

  • They have no need to hunt, they just open their mouth and swallow any “food” floating by that looks good
  • These blobs are in danger due to getting caught in nets for lobster catches
  • They have no muscle, infact they can’t really move…they just float around in the same place. Sounds fun
  • Therefore, they are classed as lazy
  • Too lazy to even smile?
  • The last blobfish spotted alive was back in 2005. They might already be extinct 😦
  • However, their legacy lives on within me 🙂


The Oil For Apes Scandal


I really like orangutans and I mean really, really like them. They are my favourite animal followed by the hippopotamus so it saddens me that due to agricultural deforestation, illegal hunting and the increase in palm oil plantations and demand they may become extinct in the wild jungles of Indonesia in as little as 10 years. The image above displays the more common sight seen nowadays. A baby clings to its mother after severely been beaten by locals, tied up and thrown in a small cage without food or water, left to die. The man of the jungle’s forest are disappearing and often go starving in search of food due to illegal logging companies tearing down their habitat to grow crops like palm oil. Farmers are often paid for the death of an orangutan, to them they are vermin eating their crops.

In reality, orangutans are the most intelligent primate and our closest blood relative, the only mammal that is self-aware (apart from humankind) and uses tools and problem thinking techniques to survive. Moreover, the orangutan has the longest reproductive cycle on the planet, only giving birth to one baby every 8 years and is dependant on its mother for an average of 8 years after birth. The bond between mother and child is similar to that of humans and separation has been shown to cause lifelong psychological damage to both mother and baby. It has also been documented that when a young dies, the mother continually carries the corpse for months in despair whilst trying to revive the young. Along with chimpanzees, gorillas and bonobos, orangutans are great apes, sharing 97 per cent of their DNA with humans, having split from us a mere 13 million years ago. They exist only in these forests of Borneo and Sumatra, and it is their arboreal nature that leaves them so vulnerable to deforestation.

The primatologist Dr Willie Smits estimates that orangutans can distinguish between 1,000 different plants, knowing which ones are edible, which are poisonous, and which cure headaches. In her book Thinkers of the Jungle, the psychology professor Anne Russon recalled that one orangutan keeper took three days to solve the mystery of who’d been stealing from the fridge. It turned out that an orangutan had been using a paperclip to pick the lock of its cage, and then hiding the paperclip under its tongue.

In spite of this, humankind’s destructive ways continue to endanger these sensitive creatures for one specialist ingredient – palm oil.

Palm oil, a vegetable fat is extracted from the fruit of palm trees is treated and used for a variety of products including many processed foods, biodiesel and fabric conditioners. In fact, 1 in 10 supermarket products contain this tree-felling, wildlife-wrecking ingredient. Under current licensing and marketing laws, product branding only has to state vegetable fat but not the source or specifically the type. For example, it’s in our favourite bread (Warburtons, Hovis and Kingsmill), our butter (flora and clover), our cereal (Special K, Crunchy nut cornflakes), Cadbury’s and galaxy chocolates, dove soap and Persil. These are only examples, never mind supermarkets’’ own brands and all other products. We are all in fact eating a small slice of the rainforest, specifically Sumatra and Borneo which has one of the largest biodiverse ecosystems on earth until now.

Some 38 million tonnes of palm oil are produced globally, about 75 per cent in Malaysia and Indonesia. Borneo’s 11,000 square miles of plantations produce 10 million tonnes a year while Sumatra’s 14,000 square miles yield 13 million tonnes. Since 1990, the amount of land used for palm-oil production has increased by 43 percent. Demand is rising at between six and 10 per cent a year. China’s billion-plus population is the biggest consumer, importing 18 percent of global supply. About 16 percent arrives in the EU. Palm-oil plantations are barren places. When vast blocks of palms are planted in straight lines, stretching for mile after mile, 90 percent of the wildlife disappears. To make matters worse, due to rising demand, the price of palm oil has increased 88 percent and thus Indonesia are clearing thousands of acres of pristine rainforest to plant the crop. The image below displays the extent of deforestation in Borneo 1950-2010, and projection towards 2020.

So how badly affected are orangutans? Hardi Bantiantoro from the Centre for Orangutan Protection had this to say:

“I find dead orangutans, they have starved to death. There is no food, no water,” he said.  He tells me that on the Indonesian island of Kalimantan (formerly Borneo); more than ten orangutans are starving to death each day because of palm-oil driven deforestation. “The situation for orangutans today is very, very critical. The experts say the orangutans will be extinct in 2015. The orangutans will be extinct in next three years unless the government takes extreme action to save them. But instead they are planning convert 455,000 hectares of forest [in Kalimantan] into new plantations, mostly palm oil,” he said.

The workers on those plantations see orangutans as nuisances that trample and eat their crops. “The plantation workers have to protect the oil-palms. That is their job. To them the orangutan who is hunting for food is only a pest,” said Baktiantoro, clicking through slides on his laptop of orangutans whose fingers and hands have been mutilated by plantation workers, and others chained to workers’ dormitories.

The future looks bleak for the man of the forest, companies are deceiving us with their so called “sustainable” ingredients, deforestation continues as do plant oil production but there is hope! Charities and organisations like WWF, the orangutan foundation, the orangutan appeal and the international animal rescue organisation are all putting pressure on logging and palm oil companies to stop expanding further into the rainforests and local governments in Indonesia are currently setting up new, tougher licensing laws for such heartless companies whilst conservation of orangutans is becoming established. For now government laws enforce that caught orangutans are chucked in cells similar to jails to keep them off the crops. These cells are degrading, disgusting and drive the animals to zoochosis. They are often abused and continue their long lives in confinement until death.

The extinction of the 1st great ape will be a sad day. That day will bring further complications to the rainforests, ecosystems are very fragile and any slight distortion may have consequences for the rest of the wildlife. What we have to remember is that it’s through our own faults – too much pressure on world resources, agricultural and technological advancements, the population crisis, poverty and being the biggest predator on earth. Unlike the rest of the wildlife population, we exploit, abuse, kill and destroy animals and their habitats for many reasons, they only kill to survive. When you think about it, all wildlife would be flourishing if we were the 1st to become extinct. I hope orangutans don’t join the extinct list among the many others we have already killed off.

All I can say is I’m glad to have seen orangutans for myself, in a zoo but nevertheless in a few years time they may only be a memory of what once lived and a story for our grandchildren.

Palm oil facts

90 per cent of Sumatra’s orangutan population has disappeared since 1900. They now face extinction

90 per cent of wildlife disappears when the forest is replaced by palm, creating a biological desert

98 per cent of Indonesia’s forests may be destroyed by 2022 according to the United Nations

43 of Britain’s 100 top grocery brands contain or are thought to contain palm oil.

For more information on how orangutans are treated in Indonesia, read this blog. Particularly down the right hand side. If this doesn’t

convince you to care or do anything about such a topic, you are heartless.

Cathryn Gribben


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It’s eyes stare through me into the distance, as it stands statuesque as if to look into the horizon but not actually take the views in. It stands still never trying to move anywhere, and if by some impulse it did, the shackles and chains networked round its legs wouldn’t allow movement of any more than a few feet. But it doesn’t want to move – it has probably never known freedom more than likely being born into this suffocating invisible cage. The only freedom this intelligent and aware animal is awarded is the regimented and strictly enforced yomp through a select token collection of grasses and trees to satisfy the visiting Westerners taste for the exotic.

Elephant sanctuary” the various mahouts repeatedly   refer to this place as, ironically while wielding their ominous sharply spiked bullhooks. Like a suspenseful horror, the issue of the bullhooks is a hushed topic yet the symbolism of them paints a very vivid picture. The relationship between the elephant as a wild animal and the idea of domesticating and training elephants is one that many people can argue that either could be better for the welfare of the elephants. Standing here in this dusty arena however, watching an elephant knock a ball into a net dressed in a tacky David Beckham saddle throw, while another robotically drags a massive tree trunk chained to it along the ground, it’s difficult to attach the words ‘welfare’ and ‘within the elephants best interests’ to this scene. Earlier in the day, me and the lovely Cathryn (love you xxxxx) had bathed in a nearby river with the elephants and their mahouts. The elephants had seemed to lap up this outing and for a short while, their robotic demeanour giving way to a subtle sparkle as they rolled and sprayed. However, even this was a controlled environment, continuing to operate within the acceptable parameters of their controlling mahouts. But even this brief relief for the elephants leads us on to consider the elephants’ treatment when the baying mob isn’t present.

This place is called a sanctuary, giving the impression that the animals taken into care here are encouraged to display natural behaviour and provided with a safe but free environment to stimulate the elephants. This is the case with most of the other sanctuaries for the variety of animals resident within them, yet this sanctuary seems less in the elephants’ interests and more in the novelty and monetary interests of the human side of this relationship. Elephants have been studied and shown to display levels of awareness regarding their environment and their social groups. What this means is that elephants, like people, can be negatively affected by situations or events that they may encounter. Elephants have been known to identify non predator danger as well as predators and to rescue their young, as well as mourning the passing of members of their family groups and have even been viewed returning to a particular family member’s place of death. Elephants exposed to traumatic environments or with their natural stimulus removed are often mentally affected, with their behaviour starkly reflecting this. Bullhooks, performing elephants, shackles, and existing to amuse a crowd. This isn’t a sanctuary, this is a circus.

Indeed, it would be unfair to take this as a sweeping statement about all elephant sanctuaries, but not all of these establishments are equal, some being more of a sanctuary than others. In many cases, the culprits casually brandish the word and wave it about, playing on the good reputation and regard that other beneficial sanctuaries create through a higher level of consideration for the animals, in order to draw the notoriously animal compassionate Western tourists in. Were the establishment to be called an ‘Elephant Entertainment Show’ or even ‘Performing Elephant Compound’, this would immediately activate the negative response of most Western individuals, yet calling it an ‘Elephant Sanctuary’ effectively bridges over this negative response to the reality that the elephants are performing manipulated animals to the extent that throughout the visit, the tourists will actually repeatedly tell themselves it is a sanctuary, clouding the reality in a pure white haze of ignorance. Because after all, ignorance is not only bliss, but it makes money too.

Ross Cairney

Boiling Cat’s Alive In Chinese Restaurants


Upsetting and explicit content.

Now I love animals, and I mean love them. I’m probably one of those annoying people who always talk about my pets and animal rights and all that shininigin. So I’m going be openly honest and say I cannot stand people who abuse/mistreat/kill animals. I mean i could actually shoot people like that so easily. It really, really gets to me when I find stuff like this and it really upsets me too. As a cat owner myself, I can safely say they are intelligent, elegant and beautiful animals and I cannot stand people who take advantage of their vulnerability “because they can”. The same with all animals. Im sorry to say but this world is so fucked up and humankind is destroying the planet and all the inhabitants of it apart from ourselves or course who are continuing to gain more and more power and destruction. So when I came across this article one day, probably on the PETA website I found it horrific that people can be so cruel to such innocent animals. This is what I found out.

Cruelty against cats is increasing in Guangdong, China, where over 10,000 domesticated cats are eaten daily. The cats, some of which are apparently being stolen from people’s houses, are transported in small cages to restaurants in the town where they are then cooked, often while they are still alive.The large city of Guangzhou, the capital of the Guangzhou province in the People’s Republic of China has started a new “fashion” trend in fine cuisine, cats.  Now, the restaurants on the outskirts of the city advertising “cat’s boiled alive” attracts them (of course :s). The photo below shows a typical chinese “cat restaurant’s”

food storage area. Dozens of kitty cats are kept in these metal crates for days, 10% dying from poor conditions, fatigue and disease. Beforehand, the kittens were bred for one purpose and one purpose only, to be eaten. More often than not, the kittens are reared in small rooms, each with a rope around their neck tied to a wall for the full 12 months of their kittenhood. The chinese believe eating kittens is unlucky so therefore, they wait until there adulthood before behind transfered to such horrific restaurants to await their fate.

A chef at such a restaurant had this to say,

What is “boiled alive cat”?

Cook: “[The cat] cannot be completely beaten to death, [because] it also needs to be boiled a little, this is what ‘live cooked cat’ is.”

Why do so many people like eating cat?

Cat eater: Eating cat meat can cure asthma, is a health supplement [something eaten for health benefits].

Cat meat has been traditionally believed to be effective for helping a person’s yin and yang balance, whereas recorded in Guangdong Yue cuisine recipies is a dish called “Long hu dou” [literally, “dragon fighting tiger”. The reason why cat meat is held in esteem lies in the naive belief of its eaters that it has a “health supplementing/boosting” effect.

The photos to the left show the preparation of a white cat to be eaten. The top picture shows a man holding up a cat from the “fur-removal machine” and the disturbing image below shows the cat being hung on a hook publically for weighing. May I also add that the sick bastard customers get to choose the cat they would like to eat from one of those crammed disgusting crates, similar to that of picking a lobster in a fancy restaurant.

Shown right is the cat still attached to the hook being boiled alive, conscious and breathing. Shown left bottom is the cat with its organs removed and right bottom displays the disburbing process of the cooking of the cat with a blowtorch.

“Express” reporter also discovered in an interview: To guarantee the freshness of the cat meat, most cat meat restaurants have adopted “live cooked cat”, “beating”, and similar methods of slaughtering live cats. “The more suffering, the better the taste. Doing it like this is to ensure that the blood is fully soaked into the flesh, and that the flavor of the cat meat prepared tastes great.”

So basically, the more “we” torture the poor creature and make it endure pain, the better tasting it is? This is ridiculous, no harmless animal should go through anything like this. It really angers and upsets me that people think this is OK and furthermore, would eat from such a restaurant.

I understand that this is olden chinese culture, and this does not relate to the whole of china as a country the same way when an abused dog in the UK is discovered we do not point to the whole nation. And like cows or pigs, it is normal cuisine in some countries, this is not what gets to me. It is the way it is done and frankly I think all animals in the food industry should be treated with utter respect and humanly killed.

I own a beautiful white cat called Luna Moon, thank god she’s not in china 😦

Those who have scrolled this far to read these words, please forward/repost this on, and pray for these shameless diners, because you [they, the diners] will suffer retribution in the future!!!

Cathryn Gribben