Dr Kinsley Opoku Agyeman, a medical practitioner in Ghana, Africa, openly prescribes cat meat as a treatment to boost the immune system of his patients. He said:
“Cat meat is a very healthy food which is good for the treatment of cardiovascular diseases.”
He claims that it contains high levels of protein, low levels of cholesterol and low levels of saturated fat which helps the human immune system. He recommends that all Ghanaians of any age should eat cat meat.
I have learnt that cat meat is thought of as very delicious in Ghana. In one region of Ghana (the Volta region) they call cats “Joseph”. I’ve also heard that Ghanaians call cat meat “St Joseph”. They also call it “fine girl”. It’s all very bizarre to people in the West. I can’t be too critical because it’s Ghana and Ghanaians live in a different world to people in the West. But I don’t like reading about cats being killed for their meat. In fact a journalist writing for the Ghana News agency, Maxwell Awumah, describes pets being killed for their “sumptuous meat”. Dog meat is referred to as “baah” and equally treasured.
He says that in many homes no weekend passes without a communal feasting and merrymaking on cat and dog meat! What are we to do? They are killing pets in Ghana for the purpose of preparing a delicious meal in the army barracks at the weekend. Perhaps they wash it down with Tiger wine (made with the bones of tigers) imported from China.
Maxwell’s article is in fact about animal tuberculosis and he gets it all wrong as far as I can see. He thinks that eating cat and dog meat can transmit animal tuberculosis to the person dinning on this delicacy. My research indicates that this is not true. Animal TB is not transmitted in this way but by drinking unpasteurised milk and breathing in the virus from the animal.
I wasn’t aware until today that cat and dog meat was so prevalent and popular in Ghana. It seems to be a mainstream source of meat. Ghanaians, as mentioned, consider it to be very fine and delicious. I can’t see the habit of turning pets into meat changing very quickly in Ghana. Can you?
My sources are: Fight Dog Meat.com and Ghana News Agency.com.