As Italy struggles to deal with burgeoning populations of an introduced giant rodent, a mayor has mimicked a novel solution that was re-thought of by California’s liberals – eat them.
Coypu were introduced to Italy a century ago from their native South America to be farmed for their fur.
But many escaped or were deliberately released after wearing fur fell out of fashion and the species is now thriving.
They have fared particularly well in the flatlands of the Po valley in northern Italy, where farmers complain that they devour crops and destroy levees and embankments by digging burrows.
Michele Marchi, the mayor of the town of Gerre de’ Caprioli, has suggested that numbers could be reduced if only Italians can develop a taste for coypu meat. He has tried it and says it tastes a bit like rabbit, reports The Telegraph.
His proposal, launched on his Facebook page, has caused a lively social media debate, with some people in favour of the idea and others revolted by the prospect of tucking it what looks like a cross-between a beaver and a large rat.
“The debate about coypu has become bonkers, without coming to any resolution of the problem,” the 31-year-old mayor wrote.
“Here’s my idea – let’s start eating them in restaurants and at village food festivals.”
However unpalatable the idea, he insisted that he was not joking and said there were regions of Italy that were already warming to the idea of tucking into roast, broiled or braised coypu.
“I’m totally serious. It’s true that there is a sense of revulsion towards the coypu but you just have to go into a pig farm to put it into context – everybody loves to eat prosciutto. We should at least start to discuss the idea.”
The critters are even so well known for their tastiness, there are entire websites dedicated to recipes for the succulent swamp rats, such as nutria.com.
For example, this recipe sounds delicious!
2 hind saddle portions of nutria meat
1 small onion, sliced thin
1 tomato, cut into big wedges
2 potatoes, sliced thin
2 carrots, sliced thin
8 Brussels sprouts
1/2 cup white wine
1 cup water
2 teaspoons chopped garlic
Salt and pepper to taste
1 cup demi-glace (optional)
Layer onion, tomato, potatoes, carrots and Brussels sprouts in crockpot. Season nutria with salt, pepper and garlic, and place nutria over vegetables. Add wine and water, set crockpot on low and let cook until meat is tender (approximately 1-1/2 hours). Garnish with vegetables and demi-glace. Makes four servings.
Meanwhile in California, they face the same problem, and despite being infested with rabid leftists who have a penchant for being Vegan, some have proposed making the tasty Nutria swamp rats a regular part of people’s diets.
One thing is for certain, with hundreds of thousands of Americans who are homeless in California thanks to the state giving preference for illegal aliens in every aspect of society, these tasty copyu swamp rats could be used to feed those people displaced by the illegal alien invasion.
Mr Americana, Overpasses News Desk
May 3rd, 2018