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Protein results in height. The cast part of human history, and their buildings prove, that humans have been very short for awhile. In recent times the Japanese have shot up in growth because of more meat based protein in their lives and this is a fact.
I needn't tell you that meat isn't the only protein source. And skeletal growth depends on many other factors too, mainly vitamins and minerals. People in Europe were much shorter centuries ago too, although they ate meat. Have a look at the armors in a museum. These days maybe a thirteen-year-old would fit in, but it was the Rambo kind of blokes that wore them 600 years ago.

Besides that, the entire digestive tract of humans is built for a meat / veggie mix, and that wouldn't have come around in evolution without a significant amount of meat in the diet over hundreds of thousands of years. Man wouldn't have survived in areas where certain essential amino acids simply were't available in suffient amounts except in the form of meat.
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When my dad was little, during the first world war and food shortages, it was very common. He never forgave his dad for his beloved St Bernard ending in the pot in early 1918. When I was a kid in the 50s- it was only the Italian immigrants that ate cats. Nowadays, even here in rural Jura- I don't know anyone who still eats cats or dogs. I'd say that it may be more prevalent in a few very limited areas, and VERY rare now, but yes, it does happen.

In WORLD WAR ONE, the social Support for the soldiers and their families was minimal at best. 25 years later, General Guisan always sent a certain percentage of the soldiers home to work


The Italian Saisonniers of the 1950ies and 60ies were badly paid, did not like the CH/D/F cuisine and dearly missed the one of back home, and so appreciated some stolen cats as a kind of rabbit substitutes
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Re: Do Swiss people eat cats and dogs ?

If you serve me dog's testicles on Banhofstrasse for breakfast I will call it ballocks. Now please excuse me but I have to go because it started raining cats and dogs! ... don't wanna miss it
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Re: Do Swiss people eat cats and dogs ?

not to my knowledge, and i was born in swiss...
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Re: Do Swiss people eat cats and dogs ?

I remember the awful conditons for the Italian workers here in the early 50s. Thjey were paid very badly, and were exploited by terrible landlords- who provided them with very poor lodgings, no heating, no bathroom or indoor toilets, and with over-crowded shared rooms. As the local battery factory worked shifts 24/7- all the beds were shared by 3 men- one jumped in the bed when his mate went to his shift, and the 3rd was eating, etc. They were of course terribly lonely and home-sick, so got up to all sorts of trouble- catching the local cats to improve dinner was of course the only sport they got up to. Having sympathy for their plight didn't really help my brother and myself when our big Ginger tom disappeared- i was very angry. With hinsight, it's quite different, of course. Later in the 50s, they were allowed to bring wives and children- and I remember how badly the children were treated at my primary school by many of my friends. I was ashamed, and Maria became my best friend- andI spent much time with her family. They never ate cats once the families arrived.

Our local hockey team still has a terrified cat as a mascot. My dad told me the local players always caught a few moggies at the beginning of the season and cooked them to celebrate. He told me they were put in a sack and clubbed to death. As a child, I was pretty disgusted by this and angry. I believe the tradition stopped in the early 60s- as kids like me revolted against it.
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Re: Do Swiss people eat cats and dogs ?

Reading this thread I feel like hotdog.
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Re: Do Swiss people eat cats and dogs ?

Yes, I have seen cat on the dinner table before.
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I remember the awful conditons for the Italian workers here in the early 50s. Thjey were paid very badly, and were exploited by terrible landlords- who provided them with very poor lodgings, no heating, no bathroom or indoor toilets, and with over-crowded shared rooms. As the local battery factory worked shifts 24/7- all the beds were shared by 3 men- one jumped in the bed when his mate went to his shift, and the 3rd was eating, etc. They were of course terribly lonely and home-sick, so got up to all sorts of trouble- catching the local cats to improve dinner was of course the only sport they got up to. Having sympathy for their plight didn't really help my brother and myself when our big Ginger tom disappeared- i was very angry. With hinsight, it's quite different, of course. Later in the 50s, they were allowed to bring wives and children- and I remember how badly the children were treated at my primary school by many of my friends. I was ashamed, and Maria became my best friend- andI spent much time with her family. They never ate cats once the families arrived.

Our local hockey team still has a terrified cat as a mascot. My dad told me the local players always caught a few moggies at the beginning of the season and cooked them to celebrate. He told me they were put in a sack and clubbed to death. As a child, I was pretty disgusted by this and angry. I believe the tradition stopped in the early 60s- as kids like me revolted against it.

I remember how in a summer in the early 60ies a black haired friend of me and myself (au so än Südländer) took, after I returned from Holidays in the Toscana) care of a Sicilian Boy of our age. It was nice and interesing but then came the moment when school was to re-start. I took him to the local Freizeitanlage on the lake and brought him to my brother who in turn introduced him to the leader of the place. My brother made it public that whomever made bad remarks, insults and thelike would have to meet HIS arguments (the arguments of brother were his fists ) and the Leiter made him part of the local Team. Some locals tried to anger me with saying ja ja du bisch ja au sonäng Tschingg but I was used to such and knew how to retort
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I think that after three pages we deserves some recipes. OP, would you be so nice to find them, as you started it
http://cookbook.ath.cx/www.goldnet.i...ondi/gato.html

(in Visentine dialect, not Italain)

Or, with translation to standard Italian:

http://laveja.blogspot.ch/2008/12/ga...-gato-ala.html

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Re: Do Swiss people eat cats and dogs ?

Of course we don't !
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not to my knowledge, and i was born in swiss...

Hardly. You most likely were born in American or in English or in Australian
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Hardly. You most likely were born in American or in English or in Australian
You sure it wasn't in French?
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Hardly. You most likely were born in American or in English or in Australian
Most likely in a hospital.
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Hardly. You most likely were born in American or in English or in Australian
Funny this thing is perpetuating
Beside in French, I should tell as well that Switzerland is called Swiss in my native language
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Funny this thing is perpetuating
Beside in French, I should tell as well that Switzerland is called Swiss in my native language
True enough, but the point is that this is the English Forum where people need to post in English. When speaking English to other English-speakers from around the world, you wouldn't say "I really like the pubs in Inggris", would you?
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Re: Do Swiss people eat cats and dogs ?

Hmm, I tried to cover up why some eastern Asians have "difficulties" to distinguish between Switzerland and Swiss. Here follows what I found out:

GermanFrenchEnglishIndonesian/Malay (capitals or lower cases and double ss or single s are intentional; please tell me any mistakes):

1. [Country:] Schweiz - la Suisse - Switzerland - Swiss

2a. ein schweizer Mann - un homme suisse - a Swiss man - seorang pria Swiss
2b. eine schweizer Frau - une femme suisse - a Swiss woman - seorang wanita Swiss

3. ein schweizer Käse - un fromage suisse - a Swiss cheese - keju swiss


4. ein Schweizer / eine Schweizerin - un Suisse / une Suisse - a Swiss - Swiss
5. Schweizer - Suisse - Swiss (person) - (orang) Swis

6. [The whole bunch (pl.):] die Schweizer - les Suisses - the Swiss - Swiss


Why is there only one s in 5. in the Indonesian language?

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BTW: We do not eat cats and dogs - how disgusting is this!?! I never did it, I never heard of anybody doing it in Switzerland ... well perhaps some foreigners , and I will never do. ... Well, possibly it happened during the World Wars when people were starving, I could imagine, but else ...?
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Funny this thing is perpetuating
Beside in French, I should tell as well that Switzerland is called Swiss in my native language

Why not. Country names differ if translated into other languages. Or even in other countries. Morocco (officially Kingdom of the West / Mamlakah al Maghrebiya) in other Arab countries is named as Marrakech, but if you say Marrakech in Casa people assume that you speak about the old City southeast
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Re: Do Swiss people eat cats and dogs ?

This whole thread is super funny especially since one of the first questions i was ever asked after leaving Zimbabwe was whether it was true that Africans live in trees.
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This whole thread is super funny especially since one of the first questions i was ever asked after leaving Zimbabwe was whether it was true that Africans live in trees.

lousy humour of course IS humour but humour of lousy Quality
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Thanks for your info on language comparisons.
FYI it's Schweizer Käse (capital S)

http://www.schweizerkaese.ch/

And your whole rant has been covered in this thread http://www.englishforum.ch/daily-lif...itzerland.html already
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