Throughout the Peru, there is an annual tradition that goes back 15 centuries, all the way to the time of the Incas. Small town celebrate the guinea pig! Many people gather in the streets with their guinea pigs, dressing them up and participating in contests. There, is however, a small catch to all of the celebrations.
Guinea pigs are a part of life for people in the Andes mountains.
The people of Peru hold yearly festivals to honor them.
They dress up their guinea pigs in adorable little outfits.
These little critters are beloved by many throughout the country.
During the celebrations, prizes are awarded for the best dressed guinea pig…
And even the biggest…
All of it is downright adorable!
At the very end, all of the guinea pigs are fed a huge meal, fit for a king.
Then, they are humanely killed and grilled for the entire town to enjoy. (WHAT.)
Guinea pig is actually a Peruvian delicacy known as “cuy.”
The people of Peru love to celebrate the guinea pig, but they still consider it a food source, much like we do rabbits.
It may seem strange (or even cruel), but the guinea pig has been a food source for the people of the Andes mountains for centuries. It continues to be a major part of the diet in Peru and Bolivia, particularly in the Andes Mountains highlands. Guinea pig is also eaten in some areas of Ecuador (mainly in the Sierra) and Colombia. Guinea pigs were originally bred in the area for food because they didn’t take up much space and they would reproduce quickly, so they could be raised in both rural and urban areas. Guinea pig meat is high in protein and low in fat and cholesterol and it has been described to taste very similar to rabbit or the dark meat of a chicken. Via: Slightly Warped So hug your little piggies tightly and give thanks that they are safe in sound. Because, if they lived in Peru, their lives might have a very different outcome!
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