Here is a funny about Catholic dietary rules though. I knew this story (duck was also a Catholic "fish"), but Wikipedia provides details.
In dietary law
In the 17th century, based on a question raised by the Bishop of Quebec, the Roman Catholic Church ruled that the beaver was a fish (beaver flesh was a part of the indigenous peoples' diet, prior to the Europeans' arrival) for purposes of dietary law. Therefore, the general prohibition on the consumption of meat on Fridays during Lent did not apply to beaver meat. The legal basis for the decision probably rests with the Summa Theologica of Thomas Aquinas, which bases animal classification as much on habit as anatomy. This is similar to the Church's classification of the capybara, another semi-aquatic rodent.
Well, when I visited a Vietnamese Muslim village, the village elders were proud to say (in order to ward off any comments of what we were seeing) "we have special rules so we're allowed to eat pork and drink beer."
Post by patricklondon on Sept 26, 2013 21:10:43 GMT
There was a certain amount of female fluttering when Iolo Williams, a presenter on the BBC's Springwatch nature programme, was persuaded to repeat the word "puffling" in his soft Welsh accent - very close to the camera.
the general prohibition on the consumption of meat on Fridays during Lent did not apply to beaver meat. The legal basis for the decision ...
I read somewhere that it was the tail of the beaver that was exempt, using the logic that it spent most of its time in the water, like a fish. (crushed that I couldn't work some version of "exude" into that sentence)