Monday, November 16, 2020
Hunters kill thousands of animals
Raccoon meat is the new insider tip
Unlike in the south of the USA, the raccoon is not yet often found in German kitchens. But the hunting association swears by its meat. Because in contrast to conventional slaughter animals, there are many advantages.
In the past hunting season, German hunters killed more than 202,000 raccoons. That is 22 percent more than last year and more than ever before, as the German Hunting Association (DJV) announced. The animals killed up to March were recorded. In the future, the small bear could end up on the plate more often in this country.
According to a study, some of its meat is less contaminated with germs than that of conventional slaughter animals. For the previously unpublished pilot study, researchers from the Institute for Food Hygiene at the University of Leipzig examined the meat of five freshly killed raccoons. They would not have been able to detect dangerous food germs such as salmonella or listeria.
“Its meat is still little known in German cuisine, but is considered an insider tip by some hunters,” explained the DJV. The situation is different in the south of the USA: In the American southern states, “several thousand raccoons” are traditionally eaten every year.
The fur of the small bears can also be processed well, for example into clothing. According to the DJV, it is biodegradable and has a better ecological balance than fleece made from petroleum. In Germany, the raccoon is hunted as a so-called alien invasive species for reasons of species protection.