BrianFrank wrote:I'm pretty sure Jonah was kidding. That would be suicide to be serious with that comment on this forum:-) .
Why would I be joking?
One of the negative aspects of recreational caving organizations is the breeding of sanctimonious ignorance. All the harping on “conservation” of the cave and its creatures leads cavers to the absurd conclusion that bats and salamanders are more important than non-cave animals.
Are bats sacred? Yes. In the same way that every creature is. Much of our food is pretty dishonorable these days, but to use animals, any of them, for food can
be done with respect, with reverence and understanding and wholesomeness. There is absolutely no reason to be appalled by the eating of bats. If they are a viable food source in some areas, it is perfectly natural and right that they are eaten. In the US, I’d guess that bats are not a sensible choice. Elsewhere they obviously are.
If eating bats is known to be dangerous, then that’s an obvious practical concern. TNs long list of maladies notwithstanding, I do not know if that is the case.