"Shark! And it's so good -- little kick but good." So said Lockhart Smokehouse in a tweet announcing their latest menu special. Smoked shark was available in Oak Cliff, and since owner Jill Bergus is a bit of a power Twitterer, the message quickly circled the globe.
The problem is, different cultures have different definitions of what makes for good eats, and shark is not acceptable fodder in other parts of the globe. Many species are also endangered and under protection, so some of the responses got pretty heated. Here are my favorites:
I'm just as shocked as you are, Lisa. I'm also running around my apartment with my hand held to my forehead pretending I'm a shark. My dog is terrified.
And that's the whole lesson here. If you're about to try something new and you consider yourself an ethical person, you can earn some extra feel goods be seeing what the Marine Conservation Society and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrations FishWatch has to say about your potential decision. The Monterey Bay Aquarium also has this nifty app that will show you what fish are legit while you're out dining at a restaurant or shopping at your grocery store, or food warehouse for barbecue parts.
Or maybe you can keep your head in the sand, like my new friend Stugots?
Yes, Stugots, you have us all pegged. Personally, I'm sitting here sawing my way through a snow leopard steak and carefully serving sea turtle soup with a spoon carved from a black rhino's horn while shooting guns in my house because that's what we do here in America.
Yanks are eating sharks now. Cunts. Presumably they've fuckin eaten all other animals.
Chubby fucktards.— Stugots (@JamieN74) April 7, 2014