8 Animals That Are Eaten Alive Around the World

In some countries eating certain animals while they’re alive, or partially alive, is considered a real delicacy

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A few of these delicacies are banned in most countries because the preparation of a live animal is considered ‘torture’ or ‘animal ‘cruelty’.

We know you like your food fresh but there is such a thing as too fresh! While most people balk at the idea of eating lobster because it’s cooked alive moments before it’s served, some people actually prefer their dinner to be alive and trying to escape from their mouths between bites.

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Eating live food is considered a real delicacy in some parts of the world. Live-food connoisseurs actually believe the meat tastes better if the animal is still alive, partly alive, or taking its final breaths before you eat it. And it doesn’t come cheap either: depending on the dish, and how difficult it is to subdue and prepare your entrée before it’s served, restaurants around the world tend to charge you top dollar to sample these living treats.

Eating live animals is not new for us. Many cultures eat live insects as a staple source of protein in their diets. In fact, scientist believe as the world’s population approaches 8 billion people, we’ll likely be eating insects a lot more to meet our growing food needs.

Throughout history humans have eaten dishes containing living animals  in Medieval England chefs were constantly trying to outdo each other with the kinds of live animals they could bake into dishes.

These days many countries ban these dishes for ethical reasons — it’s considered animal cruelty or torture to have a chopped-up, but still breathing animal on your plate. Other countries are more relaxed with what’s considered ‘animal cruelty’, particularly Southeast Asia where many of these dishes are seafood related.

In Japan you can eat a fish dish that’s chopped into pieces and arranged on your plate while the fish is still alive and breathing. China does its own version of the dish called yin yang fish where the body of the fish is flash-fried and is served alive and with the head still gasping for air. In Denmark you can still eat live insects, but this time they’re flavored and used in a salad.

Some dishes are only for the truly brave, others just require you to suspend your inner cringe-response to eating a living, moving meal. Read on to see what kinds of animals are eaten alive around the world.

Serusha Govender is The Daily Meal’s Travel Editor. Follow her on Twitter @SerushaGovender


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I was in Japan a few years ago & on our last day I was served a plate of sushi with a headless shrimp on it. I suddenly noticed something out of the corner of my eye moving. It was the obviously very very very fresh shrimp - whose muscles were still contracting & it literally jumped around my plate a bit. I freaked out & sent it back. The locals surrounding us thought I was nuts :P

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Still... THE ultimate shock of my foodie life was to see a Monkey fixed in a hole, by the neck, and it's head chopped open and its brains eaten whilst screaming all the while. I saw this film while in the Viet Nam theater of action. It was considered a delicacy by the
Laotian mountain tribes! Now that is/was stout to see.

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Ever see wild animals eat their prey? Nature is not politically correct. TToo bad so many humans have strayed so far from nature that they find it disgusting.

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Thanks for wishing a painful and agonizing death on your fellow brethren. I bet this makes you feel like a real good Christian, like you’re doing something good just because ones beliefs and likes do not meet your standards. You deserve one serious beat down you piece of trash…

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Yes, very serious when the first four comments are talking about quotes from a work of fiction.

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Anyone that consumes living beings whether live or murdered, deserves a case of colon cancer or worse.

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Any one that consumes any living being whether live or murdered, deserves a case of colon cancer or worse.

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Anyone who consumes any animal flesh whether live or murdered, deserves a case of colon cancer or worse.

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Thanks for wishing a painful and agonizing death on your fellow brethren. I bet this makes you feel like a real good Christian, like you’re doing something good just because ones beliefs and likes do not meet your standards. You deserve one serious beat down you piece of trash…

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Thanks for wishing a painful and agonizing death on your fellow brethren. I bet this makes you feel like a real good Christian, like you’re doing something good just because ones beliefs and likes do not meet your standards. You deserve one serious beat down you piece of trash…

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seven_Laws_of_Noah "The prohibition of eating flesh taken from an animal while it is still alive."

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This is extreme brutality of human being. There are manners of doing things. If you have to eat some animal/etc. , you first need to kill it. And you have to make sure you kill in a way it feels less pain. Lets not try to find fun in each and everything. This is something serious. One day we will stand before the God and we will be asked about this.

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Funny, no mention of oysters, which are always tested with a drop of lemon jiuce to be sure they are fresh (alive), and for truly gruesome there is eating brain of live monkey.

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Unethical bastards that eat live animals. Sick!

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I think I would try them all except the fruit bat.

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You forgot live silkworms....Great protein. Many times at a party we'll find a bowl of silkworms on a table vs potatoe chips here in Thailand.

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Asians are fucked up.

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I'm from Guam. My family is from Guam. I'm 27 and never have I seen or tried fruit bat. capturing and killing fruit bats is illegal and has been illegal for some time. kadu is a traditional chamorro (guam's indigenous people) dish, which is most commonly made with chicken. fruit bat was eaten before it became endangered but it was never eaten alive, or technically alive. my grandparents have made and eaten fruit bat in the "kadu" style, but assured me that everything is cooked. Guam has delicious traditional chamoro dishes, and dining on Guam is very diverse. you can have local, asian, italian, mexican and american food at any time and sometimes at the same place. this article is a little inaccurate (atleast the last slide), but the title creates a huge misconception for the island of Guam.

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"Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" time!! Poor things!!

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My thought is, "WHY?" I can't even stand to watch the ads for the rescue animals, omg. I have even given up live oysters, and might even quit eggs. Yay carrots and apples. sorry, I know this is serious--but it just seems sadistic.

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