Italy's public broadcasting network, RAI, said that it is dropping Beppe Bigazzi, 77, for discussing a recipe for a stewed cat dish on the La Prova del Cuoco show, which airs midday on their main channel. The station exploded with complaints from viewers and animal rights groups. Bigazzi said the cat recipe was a famous dish in his home region of Valdarno, Tuscany, and goes on to mortify the hostess by saying:
“I’ve eaten it myself and it’s a lot better than many other animals. Better than chicken, rabbit or pigeon.” The meat needs to be “soaked in spring water for three days” before being stewed."
Source GrubStreet via UK TimesOnline
Facepalm below perfectly illustrates the Italian public sentiment. What's your reaction?