Iguana on the plate


Last night Danish televion made a big fuss about the Nicaraguan governtment’s proposal for the population to eat iguanas to prevent starvation. It started a discussion about wird food proposals in third world countries.

I found this strange since I am of the impression that it is rather normal to eat iguanas in Nicaragua. The men on the photo showed me some they were going to eat, and I saw many iguana vendors along the panamerican highway. I was told it was a delicacy, but illigal.

My impression was confirmed by El Nuevo Diario. The paper writes underlines that the governtment wants people to raise iguanas instead of catching them. Catching them in the wild is illigal. This can besides food generate an income for the iguana-raiser by selling the skin or selling iguanas as pets. The proposal has come forward because the country is experiencing draught.


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