Posted on August 18, 2008

Indian State Government Encourages People to Eat Rats

Melanie Lee, Reuters, August 18, 2008

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Authorities in Bihar, one of India’s poorest states, are asking rich and poor alike to switch to eating rats in a bid to reduce the dependence on rice. They even plan to offer rats on restaurant menus.

“Eating of rats will serve twin purposes—it will save grains from being eaten away by rats and will simultaneously increase our grain stock,” Vijay Prakash, an official from the state’s welfare department, told Reuters.

Officials say almost 50 percent of India’s food grains stocks are eaten away by rodents in fields or warehouses.

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