Ecuadorian man who roasted guinea pig in New York park has police called for 'torture' – Daily Mail

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A New York City man was confronted by police as he tried to roast a popular dish from his native Ecuador; guinea pig.
Authorities were called on the unidentified man after a passerby in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park believed he was using a barbeque grill to torture a squirrel.
The man was cooking in a designated cooking area and police did not take any action against him after the 9.30am encounter on Saturday.
A man from Ecuador who was roasting a guinea pig was confronted by police after someone thought he was torturing a squirrel. Above, a file photo of a man in Ecuador roasting guinea pigs
It is illegal to hunt or trap park animals such as squirrels, according to DNA Info
‘He wasn’t holding an animal down and torturing it. If he wants to feed on guinea pig that’s his prerogative,’ a police source told the New York Daily News.
Guinea pig, which is called cuy in South America, is said to taste like gamey chicken and is often fried.
The rodents, high in protein, are skewered with a thick rod before being rotated over a fire during roasting.
Guinea pig is called cuy in South America, where it is a popular dish. Above, a painting from Peru shows Jesus eating the rodent at The Last Supper
‘f he wants to feed on guinea pig that’s his prerogative,’ a police source said of the incident. Above, a man drags a grill through Prospect Park in 2007

Peruvians eat an estimated 65million guinea pigs a year. 
Most in the US however, continue to see the small furry creatures not as wild or farm animals, but as pets.
The incident in Prospect Park comes one month after a box full of 27 guinea pigs was dumped nearby.
A shelter rounded them all up and put them up for adoption, according to DNA Info
While guinea pigs are commonplace foodstuff in South America, it is increasingly available in the US.
Immigrants from countries such as Peru and Ecuador have brought the delicacy northward, though obtaining cuy is more difficult than buying beef or chicken.
Most of the guinea pigs eaten are imported, which runs about $30 per rodent.
At Ecuadorian restaurants such as Urubamba in Queens, New York, the items is made to order and can cost up to $45 per serving, according to Kaos Report.
It can also be bought at less official food stands and select grocery stores, where it sells for $12.99 per pound of meat.
Federal regulators currently do not have any controls on the number of guinea pigs brought into the country for consumption, PRI reported last year.
Cuys are often skinned, splayed open and cooked whole, with the head and arms still attached. 
Guinea pig has been growing in popularity in the US and can be found at some Ecuadorian and Peruvian restaurants

 
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