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I have traveled all over the world and I've tried all sorts of local delicacies that sound exotic to American palates (including some dishes where

I have traveled all over the world and I've tried all sorts of local delicacies that sound exotic to American palates (including some dishes where it's probably better I didn't know what animal from which the meat came) so I don't think I'm being an Ugly American when I say that I draw the line at eating living creatures.

Reuters AlertNet: (h/t Hugh J.)

Iraqi soldiers bit the heads off frogs and ate the heart of a rabbit as signs of courage on Wednesday at a ceremony to transfer Najaf province, home to one of Shi'ite Islam's holiest shrines, from U.S. to Iraqi control.

[..]Politicians, tribal and religious leaders and soldiers watched displays of military prowess and one demonstration, hailed as a display of courage, in which five soldiers stopped before the grandstand to bite the heads off frogs.

A sixth holding a live rabbit slit open its stomach and ate its heart before tossing the carcass to his comrades to chew on.

Under Saddam Hussein's rule, his feared Fedayeen militia carried out similar acts, and in one instance were videoed hunting a fox and then tearing it apart with their teeth.

[..]The handover was largely symbolic since U.S. forces have rarely ventured into the holy city, home to the shrine of Imam Ali, whose death in the 7th century caused the great schism in Islam between Shias and Sunnis.

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