Honey, the guide says they serve IMPORTED rats here!

May 16, 2009

Quick quiz: Thousands of live rats in Cambodia, shown in crates below, are being shipped to Vietnam to…

a) enjoy a getaway at one of the world’s top rat vacation destinations.

b) be used as Happy Rat Day gifts.

c) take part in a rat exchange which could lead to a foreign exchange program involving real students.

d) be eaten up by people.

Is that your final answer? Yes, I’m afraid they are heading off to be eaten.

Still, if that surprises you then I guess you missed my blog a couple of weeks ago headlined Another bowl of blood, Lonnie! Shame on you!

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Above: A boy shows off a rat he caught at Kandal province, Cambodia, May 15, 2009.

Left: Live rats are stored in Kandal province, awaiting transport to Vietnam.

REUTERS photos by Chor Sokunthea

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Mr Bob,

The day that I can’t eat good old American rats is the day that I quit eating rats.

And you may quote me on this.

Posted by tim | Report as abusive

…and when the townspeople refused to pay the Pied Piper…well, you know…

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Not to be out-done by a clever ad campaign, Cambodia is importing thousands of rats to run in exercise wheels within the engine compartments of their latest vehicle designs. “The Koreans are not the only people who can mass-produce a cross-over vehicle powered by rodents,” one high-ranking Cambodian official was heard boasting, after seeing a recent commercial for the Kia Soul.

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