Cow Brains Cairo
January 16, 2012 by staff
Smugglers from Sudan had attempted to bring the cow brains into the country in a moneymaking scheme, as it sells for nearly $6 a pound at Egyptian restaurants, compared to a mere $1 a pound in Sudan.
Fried cow brain is a popular dish in Egypt, where it is served in pita bread with a spicy red sauce.
It was the fourth time this week that authorities confiscated cow brain in the airport.
Yousra Amr, a 22-year-old vegetarian and active opponent of animal cruelty in the country, told Bikyamasr.com that the reality is that this sort of product is on the table here in Egypt.
“What we see on a daily basis is that people don’t care about the animals they kill. It is just a thing for food and it is really frustrating considering what we now know about the health problems related to meat and the malnutrition levels in Egypt.”
She continued to say that “culturally, Egypt is ready to understand the idea that food does not have to come from animals all the time and this is something that my group of friends is trying to tell people. It’s hard, but people are listening.”
Though breakout of mad-cow disease in the 1980s and 1990s made eating brain tissue more taboo, humans cannot contract mad cow disease. However, contact with the disease can cause Creutzfeldt-Jacob disease (CJD), which rapidly decreases brain function and movement and can be passed genetically.
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