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(   Someone's goose is going to be cooked if they ever find out who barbecued one of the Queen's swans at Windsor Castle   ( divider line
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2013-08-21 03:27:26 PM  
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So, this article calls the killing and eating this particular bird "gruesome"; "absolutely disgusting"; "absolutely disgraceful"; "disgusting" (again); "selfish and wrong"; someone was "appalled"; it was "absolutely shocking"; and finally "quite a shock". FARK: The last sentence of the article says that "Cygnets [young swans] were highly prized for their gourmet qualities and were often served at banquets." So, real issue is that the poachers should have eaten a gourmet baby swan, not this disgusting adult.

In memory of this swan, I'm going to eat fried chicken tonight. I think I've read that KFC uses only birds that have barely reached maturity, not disgusting adult chickens.
2013-08-21 02:26:14 PM  
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Swans were once a royal privilege in England. This was back in the days when Europeans had nearly wiped out many of the more popular species of bird, animals and fish. The response was to set a a series of sumptuary laws that gave only select people the right to hunt, kill and eat various animals, birds and fish.

Environmentalism imposed as a privilege of rank, station and class, so to speak, rather than a complete ban on hunting or molesting the rare creatures. In the case of swans, the Sovereign did not have exclusive rights to eat them but they were served at royal banquets. I believe not all swans were "protected"--just the swans in certain places perhaps, because there was a trade in swans elsewhere. I read of a monastery in England which still breeds swans. Presumably they are bred as ornaments for estates and parks, and occasionally to be served at banquets, along with peacocks which were frequently roasted and served with their beautiful tail feathers as a show-piece during a very formal meal.

It was a huge honour to be granted the right to keep swans, and even today, the City of Ottawa has a pair of swans descended from a gift from HM Elizabeth II. They are quite costly to house during the Canadian winters. A corporation donated $150,000 or so to build a swan house for them some years ago when the City was balking at the cost.

In falconry, for another example, Emperors had the right to use eagles, Kings had the exclusive right to peregrine falcons (as Middle Eastern royalty still do, seeing as they are very expensive birds to buy), and right on down to sparrow hawks, which could be used by upper class women, presumably to hunt very small birds indeed as they get their name from their usual prey.

Many "primitive" peoples have taboos on the killing of certain animals or their consumption. It is often prohibited except on very special occasions to eat the totemic or taboo animal. Our own laws against killing birds on their nests and so forth are descended from such taboos, and they are to be found in the Torah, where it is prohibited to molest or kill various clean animals. Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treads the grain, for example. Basic anti-cruelty laws and ecological wisdom takes the forms of such taboos and are much older than you might think--thousands of years old in some cases.

Thus many species that were hunted close to extinction were preserved unto this very day by religion and privilege. Rich people have their uses from time to time.
2013-08-21 04:24:20 PM  
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naughtyrev: FTFA: "Park wardens made the gruesome discovery in Windsor, Berkshire, at 3pm on Sunday, and called Swan Lifeline, which cares for sick or injured birds along the Thames."

The wardens found it cooked with its meat stripped off - what were the rescue folks going to do?

One of these is relevant:



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2013-08-21 02:15:55 PM  
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I have', answered Gargantua, 'by a long and curious experience found out a means to wipe my bum. The most lordly, the most excellent, the most convenient that was ever seen. I have wiped my tail with a hen, with a cock, with a pullet, with a calf's skin, with a hare, with a pigeon, with a cormorant, with an attorney's bag, with a Montero, with a falconer's lure. But to conclude, I say and maintain that of all the torcheculs, arsewisps, bumfodders, tail-napkins, bunghole cleansers, and wipe-breeches, there is none in the world comparable to the neck of a goose, that is well downed, if you hold her head betwixt your legs. And believe me therein upon mine honour, for you will thereby feel in your nockhole a most wonderful pleasure, both in regard of the softness of the said down and of the temporate heat of the goose, which is easily communicated to the bum-gut and the rest of the inwards, in so far as to come even to the regions of the heart and brains.
2013-08-21 02:11:31 PM  
1 vote:
If your going to cook it at least do it right. Take the feathers off and take out the guts. If your going to kill a bird at least dress it and eat it correctly.
2013-08-21 02:11:27 PM  
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2013-08-21 01:48:39 PM  
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AlwaysRightBoy: From the Mirror article:

The birds are now protected under under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and killing or injuring a swan used to be classed as treason under a law dating back to the 12th century.

Off with their heads!!!

I'm pretty sure it used to be a hanging offense, along with poaching the king's deer.
2013-08-21 01:32:42 PM  
1 vote:
I mean, at least CLEAN the thing first, you savages.
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