Capybara: Good Lenten Eats?

I don’t know if capybara is a dietary option for any of you, but in Venezuela, one may eat meat from the world’s largest species of rodent on Lenten Fridays. From the Capybara Page:

According to Emilio Herrera, a biologist and capybara expert at Universidad Simon Bolivar in Caracas Venezuela:

“It is true that capybaras are eaten during Lent, but only in Venezuela, and even there not everywhere. However, its dried and salted meat is highly appreciated and is a traditional lenten dish.”

Corned capybara and cabbage … nope … doesn’t have the same ring to it. Why does the Church permit capybara-eating on Fridays? Apparently, because it is an aquatic animal. Mostly aquatic, anyway.


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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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