Eating animals. Lots of animals.
January 14, 2009 2:17 PM Subscribe
I have a soon-to-get-serious contest with some friends to see who can eat the most animals in one calendar day. The question - what constitutes an animal?
posted by jimmythefish to Science & Nature (32 answers total) 17 users marked this as a favorite
The initial day's eating in question (11 animals) was totally legitimate in my opinion - cow, pig, bison, deer, salmon, moose, turkey, clam, lobster, crab, prawns. It is all the more amazing that chicken wasn't eaten. This was incidental to the day, however, and thus the real competition has yet to begin. This will get ugly - mosquitos will be eaten. So, we need to sort this out now.
I'm of the opinion that for it to be a different animal it needs to be at the Genus level in the Linnaean classification system - ie if you were referring to salmon, an animal would refer to the genus Oncorhynchus. Coho salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch) would be the same animal as Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha). Otherwise, you could eat five different types of salmon and call it five animals.
Some are of the opinion that the above list is bogus and that a higher (but ill-defined) classification should be used, such that ungulates would all be the same animal and fish would all be the same animal. This is total horseshit, I think.