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Humans Used to Eat These Adorable (And Delicious) Endangered Animals

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People used to eat people. It actually wasn’t that uncommon for early man to eat other early men. There are a few different theories as to why it was so common. A prevailing theory is that people were eaten so that other predators wouldn’t smell the bodies and come into the human cave to eat the dead human, and then, “Oh, there’s a few live humans here. Let’s eat these guys too.” Beyond the consumption of human flesh, skulls were also often used as cups. (Hey, early men were environmentalists, too.)


Of course, humans don’t eat human meat anymore unless you’re performance artist Rick Gibson or anyone that drinks Soylent (lol). But, all this talk about eating humans begs the question, what other things did we used to eat that now seem totally off limits?

Manatees

Yes, everyone’s favorite Floridian resident used to be everyone’s favorite dinner. One fascinating article on a Belizean vacation-planning site describes, in graphic detail, the hunting, skinning, and eating of the fatty beast in the 1960s. Despite having the nickname sea cow, the author describes the flavor as “pork-like.”

Elephant

Technically people still eat elephant, though they’re not supposed to. In fact, the International Union for Conservation of Nature warns the poaching of elephants for their meat in the Democratic Republic of Congo is threatening more elephants than the ivory trade. But eating elephant meat wasn’t always thought of as detrimental to the pachyderm population. In Paleolithic times, early hominins basically survived off these enormous creatures. And through the 19th century, Western travel writers, including Dr. Livingstone, presumably had a predilection for the elephantine.

Beaver

Actually beaver is still eaten quite a bit, but it used to be eaten by early American trappers as a staple. In fact, the Catholic Church used to say eating red meat on holy days—which made up about half the year—was forbidden. But because the rodent spent a lot of time in water, in the late 17th century, the fuzzy slappers were classified as fish by the church, turning holy day hunger pangs into belt belly overhangs. Also, according to the gourmands at Saveur, grilled beaver tails taste like brains.

The world over, endangered animals including lions, sea turtles, and pangolins are consumed for their meat. Check out 10 other animals that may sound like a delicious meal, but should be avoided as dinner at all costs.

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Fortunately, you can cut down on the amount of waste you produce by cutting down on disposable products. And even more fortunately, there are sustainable (and cute) replacements that won't damage the environment.

Coconut bowls


Cocostation

Who says sustainable can't also be stylish? These cute coconut bowls were handmade using reclaimed coconuts, making each piece one of a kind. Not only are they organic and biodegradable, but they're also durable, in case your dinner parties tend to get out of hand. The matching ebony wood spoons were polished with the same coconut oil as the bowls.

Cocostation Set of 2 Vietnamese Coconut Bowls and Spoons, $14.99; at Amazon

Solar powered phone charger

Dizaul

Why spend time looking around for an outlet when you can just harness the power of the sun? This solar powered phone charger will make sure your phone never dies as long as you can bask in the sun's rays. As an added bonus, this charger was made using eco-friendly silicone rubber. It's win-win all around.

Dizaul Solar Charger, 5000mAh Portable Solar Power Bank, $19.95; at Amazon, $19.95; at Amazon

Herb garden kit

Planter Pro

Put some green in your life with this herb planter. The kit comes with everything you need to get a garden growing, including a moisture meter that helps you determine if your herbs are getting the right amount of food to flourish. All the seeds included are certified to be non-GMO and non-hybrids, meaning you can have fresh, organic herbs right at your fingertips.

Planter Pro's Herb Garden Cedar Planter, $39.00; at Amazonedar Planter, $39.00; at Amazon

Reusable Keurig cups

K & J

Keurig cups are convenient, but they also create a ton of plastic waste. These Keurig-compatible plastic cups are an easy way to cut down on the amount of trash you create without cutting down on your caffeine. Additionally, you won't have to keep on buying K Cups, which means you'll be saving money and the environment.

K&J Reusable Filter Cups, $8.95 for a set of 4,; at Amazon

Low-flow shower head

Speakman

Low-flow water fixtures can cut down your water consumption, which saves you money while also saving one of the Earth's resources. This shower head was designed with a lighter flow in mind, which means you'll be able to cut down on water usage without feeling like you're cutting down on your shower.

Speakman Low Flow Shower Head, $14.58; at Amazon

Bamboo safety razor

Zomchi

Instead of throwing away a disposable razor every time you shave, invest in an eco-friendly, reusable one. This unisex shaver isn't just sustainable, it's also sharp-looking, which means it would make a great gift for the holidays.

Zomchi Safety Razor, $16.99; at Amazon

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