We have taken the example of edible urban animals in order to show you the extremes that you need to go through in order to survive an earthquake or some other disaster.
Normally people are squeamish because we lived a charmed life where everything is delivered on a plate. Our children do not know that milk comes from a cow or that we have to actually kill animals in order to find meat.
When you are dealing with a disaster, all these false social conventions are off the table because the primary duty that you have is to ensure that the human species continues. That means that your child and you must survive.
Most wild land birds can actually be incorporated into your diet as long as you cook them thoroughly. The taste is going to be absolutely horrendous but if you have some spices, it is possible to mask the smells.
Caribou stock and vultures are not the best idea because they are scavengers. Although that means that you can easily track them down, their diet can mean that they are full of diseases for which your immune system is not prepared. However a bird such as grouse or any other game bird can be a tasty meal that poses no danger for the family. Ducks are a very good source of protein and fat when you are in an emergency.
Although we think of them as vermin, rodents like rats and squirrels can provide a useful source of nutrition when you are in an emergency. As always, the cooking process has to be absolutely thorough so as to eliminate the risk of catching diseases.
We already know that animals such as Monkeys carry a version of the HIV virus which can be transmitted to human beings if their fresh blood comes into contact with an open wound. That is why you need to be very careful when you handle these animals. We are just scratching the surface when it comes to identifying the potential diseases in the world today. You should not become the next ‘patient zero’ for a terrible epidemic.
By and large, these animals are safe to eat. Some people are squeamish about them because they are considered to be pets. In China dogs are often eaten which indicates that they are not going to kill you. However the problem is that you might traumatize the kids for life since they will feel as if you are cannibalizing a member of the family. Plus your own pet dog can be a viable member of the defense force during a time of disaster.
If you have to kill a rabbit, and are concerned over how your kids will react, then it do it discreetly without telling the children what they are eating – at least the first time.
If you are lucky enough to live on or nearby a farm, domestic animals are the perfect food source. From cows to lamb to chicken, you can use these food items to keep your diet going. Of course you need to ask for permission if the owner is still there. Alternatively you can pay them back when the disaster is over.
The topic of edible urban animals is not one for the squeamish. However it is your responsibility to ensure that you survive in any way that you can. Some of the tales from shipping crews can have you shuddering with revulsion. That is the desperation that disasters sometimes bring.